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Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House (VATMH) Los Angeles is a non-profit organization in Pacific Palisades. Villa Aurora is an artists residence located in the former home of exiled author Lion Feuchtwanger. The Thomas Mann House is a residence for scholars addressing fundamental issues in politics, society, and culture. The organization promotes intercultural exchange through a variety of interdisciplinary programs and is primarily funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.


Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House Los Angeles is looking for a


(starting Nov 1st, 2021)

• General Administration
• Accounting, including monthly bank reconciliation, year-end financial statements, tax preparation, and reports on expenditure of funds for the VATMH’s Berlin headquarters, the Federal Foreign Office, and other program partners
• Budget Planning
• Payment and cash management
• Preparation of contracts
• Office organization
• Assistance with management and maintenance of the two properties
• Assistance with preparing and executing events
• Administrative support for Villa Aurora residencies and Thomas Mann House fellowships

• Valid Work Permit for the USA
• Native level command of English and German
• Proficiency in MS-Office Software (especially Excel)
• Excellent organizational skills
• Proficiency in Quickbooks a plus
• Knowledge of procurement directives and financial reporting requirements of Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House and the German Federal Foreign Office or willingness to acquire this knowledge
• Vaccination against COVID-19

Salary commensurate with experience in accordance with the compensation table for the Goethe-Institut in the United States. Compensation includes a contribution to employee’s health insurance policy and an Individual Retirement Account.

To apply please email the following documents to by October 1, 2021:
• 1 page cover letter
• CV
• 2-3 references



Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. offers three-month internship opportunites in Los Angeles to advanced students.

Please note that internships are usually assigned at least one year in advance. As a general rule we cannot consider applications submitted on short notice.


  • Interns gain insight into the work of an international cultural institution.
  • Interns assist resident artists with research and project implementation.
  • Interns are involved in planning and organizing cultural events.
  • Interns support the staff by assisting with administrative tasks.
  • Interns conduct guided tours.
  • Interns receive an expense allowance of $385.00 and free accommodations at Villa Aurora.
  • Most applicants will require to obtain a J-1 visa, resulting in costs of around 1100 €. Villa Aurora’s partner CIEE,, handles this process.

After completion of the internship, interns have to submit a final report to the office in Los Angeles.


  • Minimum age for applicants is 21
  • Only advanced students may apply
  • Studies in an academic field associated with VATMH's activities
  • Very good command of English
  • Outstanding social competence
All applicants are required an interview via Skype.

Please send the following documents to
  • Letter of Intent (one page, in English) that explains your interest in cultural management and the arts as well as your particular interest in Villa Aurora. Please tell us the time frame you are requesting.
  • A current CV in English.