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Left Forum Event Planning Internships Spring 2014 • Summer 2014Bookmark This
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
DescriptionWe'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 very relaxed!) office in the CUNY Graduate Center where you'll be interact with scholars, graduate students 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.
People with diverse backgrounds and experience are encouraged to apply. This position is based out of the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
Continuing a tradition that began in the 1960s, Left Forum convenes an international conference each spring 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 2012 drew more than 4,000 participants for 400 panels featuring Michael Moore, Cornel West, Frances Fox Piven, Chris Hedges and Wally Shawn.
Left Forum seeks to fill event planning internship positions for the Fall and/or Spring of 2013 through 2014. This is a three to six month internship or a one or two semester internship and it can be scheduled according to the academic calendar year as needed. Fall internships start immediately.
We seek a detail oriented and motivated individual interested in learning all phases of the planning and implementation of exhibition, registration, conference and fundraising 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. The position can be molded to fit the individual’s strengths and interests
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 recruit, train and manage volunteers
Attend to on site and pre-event troubleshooting
RequirementsBACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
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 skills
Experience with spreadsheets and databases—Excel, CiviCRM and Google docs—preferred
Passion for grassroots organizing and social justice