Left Forum Website & Database Internships Spring 2014 • Summer 2014

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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 2013 drew more than 4,000 participants for 350 panels. Recent featured speakers include Noam Chomsky, 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.

Left Forum seeks to fill Website and Database internship positions for the Fall of 2013 and/or through the Spring and early Summer of 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.

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 web and database-focused projects including web design



Familiarity with databases (Access, CiviCRM) and Drupal
Experience with open source applications a bonus
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

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