Event Planning Internship

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Spring 2015 • Summer 2015 • Spring 2016

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Left Forum seeks to fill a social movement event planning Intern position for the Fall of 2015.


We seek a detail oriented and motivated individual interested in engaging in all phases of the planning and implementation of various progressive and social movement events. This is an excellent opportunity to develop and hone your event planning, management, and organization building skills while gaining valuable, high-profile experience in the academic and nonprofit arenas. While tasks can be molded to fit the individual's strengths and interests, a great fit for this position would be someone with experience in planning (and/or participating in) social justice or social-movement themed events (e.g. conferences, workshops, musical performances, art exhibits, rallies, etc.).

We ask that interns devote 15-20 hours/week. This is an unpaid internship. Hours are flexible and can be adapted to fit most schedules. We also ask for a commitment of at least 1 semester (or equivalent period of time) – though we welcome interns to stay longer in order to help organize our large annual conference (planning generally begins each December).

This position provides a great opportunity to develop events ranging in size from small to large scale, including the Left Forum conference which annually features over 1,000 speakers and has included Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, Immortal Technique, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, Amy Goodman, Cornel West, Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Frances Fox Piven, Slavoj Zizek, and Grace Lee Boggs.


  • Plan and implement all parameters of an event, from venue scouting and promotion to logistics, and operations supervision
  • Learn about and a variety of event types, including conference, exhibition and fundraising
  • Utilize the latest database and event planning technologies.
  • Assist in the planning, management and operations of exhibitions events
  • Create working spreadsheets and generate reports for all parameters of the exhibition process
  • Handle accounting and financial factors
  • Help build an event planning and operations team
  • Help recruit, train and manage volunteers
  • Attend to on site and pre-event troubleshooting


  • Strong organizing skills
  • High level of attention to detail and seeing projects through to their completion
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team
  • Good research and writing skills
  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Excellent outreach, relationship building, and networking skills
  • Experience with spreadsheets and databases (e.g. Excel, CiviCRM, and Google docs) is a plus
  • 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 where you'll interact with scholars and people who are involved with grassroots social justice movements.


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.

Please send a detailed cover letter and/or resume to Ashley Abbott at volunteer@leftforum.org

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