Website and Database Internship

Left Forum seeks to fill Website and Database internship positions. Schedules can be adjusted according to the academic calendar year as needed. Fall internships start immediately.        PDF Description Here


As Left Forum is currently working with expert web and database developers in a major development process, this internship will provide you with a rare opportunity to contribute to this formative process. It will also enable you to hone your technical and organizational skills and gain valuable, high-profile experience in the academic and nonprofit arenas. The position will help build an individual’s strengths in the areas of systems administration, configuration, operation and content management, and/or programming, and can be adapted to your specific interests. If you are interested in helping to build the website into a high traffic, highly user engaged site, this internship is for you.


  • Web operations (Drupal): including website configuration, displays (views), reports/exports, and content production.
  • Work and liaison with web and database developers
  • Database operations (CiviCRM): including configuration, communications, event operations, contact record management, importing, and group communications.
  • Work with Conference Coordinator to maintain databases and develop website
  • Assist with migration and integration of data and media from various sources
  • Assist in researching and applying potential web applications (e.g., using open source software) for online conference production, e.g., registration, user accounts, reports, PayPal integration
  • Ad hoc technical and database-focused projects


  • Familiarity with databases (Access, CiviCRM) and Drupal
  • Experience with open source applications is a plus
  • Strong organizing skills
  • High level of attention to detail and ability to work from abstract to concrete applications
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team
  • Passion for grassroots organizing and social justice


We're a small organization with a dedicated group of organizers, staff, and volunteers, leaving lots of room for your creativity. You'll have the opportunity to work in an interesting (and relaxed) office in the CUNY Graduate Center in Midtown Manhattan where you'll be able to interact with scholars, graduate students and people who are involved with grassroots social justice movements.

This internship is unpaid. Hours are flexible—we ask for 15-20 hours per week—and can be adapted to fit your schedule.


Continuing a tradition that began in the 1960s, Left Forum convenes an international conference each year in New York City. The conference involves a broad spectrum of progressive intellectuals, organizers and academics, who come together to share ideas to transform the world; to better understand commonalities, differences, and alternatives to current predicaments; and to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world. Left Forum 2015 drew more than 4,200 participants for 400 panels. Recent speakers include Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Cornel West, Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Frances Fox Piven, Amy Goodman, Slavoj Zizek, Grace Lee Boggs, Michael Moore, Marina Sitrin, and Immortal Technique.

Please send cover letter and/or resume to Ashley Abbott at

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