Program Development and Outreach Internship

Left Forum seeks to fill Program Development and Outreach internship position. This is a 1 to 2 semester (or monthly equivalent) position and can be scheduled according to the intern’s academic calendar and requirements.

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This position merges a rigorous program of research, analysis, editorial and administration work with high‐level forms of planning and outreach to noted scholars, activists, public intellectuals and organizers from around the world. You will gain the skill sets of program development practices, engage in individual and collective research projects, and develop verbal and intellectual acuity in helping to organize events. This position provides a great opportunity to develop small workshops and events, including our 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.

We’re a small organization with a dedicated group of organizers, staff and volunteers with a passion for social justice, community organizing, and progressive change.    Located in the CUNY Graduate Center, you’ll be working in an interesting (and relaxed) office where you’ll interact, meet, and learn from scholars, activists, authors and artists in a rewarding intellectual political milieu.

Assisting in brainstorming, identifying, and implementing conference/event program content  
Aide the development and implementation of individual and team plans in all aspects of large‐scale event organizing
Engage speakers, organizers, and activists in email and phone communications along with in‐person meetings
Help administer all phases of event planning and organizing from initial contact to conference and event scheduling
Help organize envisioning meetings using diverse facilitation styles
Engage in workshop and panel organizing and outreach to under‐represented progressive and social justice groups and individuals  

Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills
Strong publicity and outreach skills
Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously
Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team
Experience with databases and websites, project management tools and related technologies — knowledge of CiviCRM and Drupal systems is a plus  
Passion for grassroots organizing and social justice
Interest in politics and political analysis

This internship is unpaid, although academic credit is available.  
We ask for approximately 15‐20 hours a week
Hours are flexible and can be adapted to fit your schedule.
We ask for a commitment of at least 1 semester or the equivalent period of time

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

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