Video and Social Media Internship

Left Forum seeks to fill a part-time video and social media internship position for the Summer 2013-Spring 2014 period. This internship starts immediately. This is a three to six month internship or a one or two semester internship and it can be scheduled in sync with the academic calendar year.

Coming off of a successful conference with 1,300 speakers, and having video footage of speakers and events at the conference provides one of the sources for the development of new video content. We have recently launched a Video and Media Archive to bring the wealth of ideas and dialogues generated at the Left Forum to the world—or at least to the world via the Internet and social media sites. If you are interested in helping to build the website into a high traffic, highly user engaged site, this internship is for you.

Film students and social media activists alike are welcome! This is an excellent opportunity to develop and hone your video, editing, social networking, and promotional skills while gaining valuable, high-profile experience in the academic and nonprofit arenas. The position can be molded to fit the individual’s strengths and interests.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Help digitize, edit and upload video content—conference panels, plenary, and interviews—to the local server
  • Edit together video clips and audio podcasts
  • Help to create and maintain a user-friendly interactive and archival video interface
  • As the conference draws near, help to coordinate videographers
  • Initiate and contribute to marketing and social networking campaigns to promote the conference video and media archive along with outreach and networking on particular video topic area tracks that appeal to different constituencies.

Background and Desired Experience

  • Previous digital media and video experience is preferred
  • High level of attention to detail and seeing projects through to their completion
  • Ability to work independently and remotely
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team
  • Communications and/or marketing background is helpful
  • Familiarity with web content management (Drupal or equivalent web design programs) and social networking

About the Internship

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 and people who are involved with grassroots social justice movements.

This internship is unpaid, although academic credit is available. Hours are flexible—we ask for 15-20 hours a week—and can be adapted to fit your schedule. This internship begins immediately. People with diverse backgrounds and experience are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send a detailed cover letter and resume to

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