Internships in Activism

The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) is seeking interns who are enthusiastic and PASSIONATE about working to create a world of peace, compassion, equality, and social justice and who are MOTIVATED to take ACTION to end military aggression and all forms of oppression. Interns at our office have the opportunity to learn about important issues of the day as well as the basics of grassroots organizing from outreach to publicity to fundraising.

Hours are very flexible, varying between daytime, evenings or weekends depending on the intern's area of work. To apply, fill out the
internship application online and don't forget to submit a resume to Don't hesitate to contact our office with questions (315) 472-5478. Intern selection process will include a face-to-face or phone interivew.

Fall 2016 Internship Work Areas:  

  • Anti-War Outreach and Organizing
  • Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation - Outreach and Organizing
  • Event Organizing and Promotion - Birthday Dinner and Plowshares Craftsfair
  • Grassroots Fundraising 
  • Justice for Palestine 
  • Peace Newsletter Production
  • Social Media, Website and e-communications

Interns work alongside SPC staff and non-staff activists/organizers to offer support and leadership in our organizing work. Scroll down for more detailed descriptions. 

Interns at the Peace Council need to be self-starters, comfortable operating in a grassroots environment. Hours, start date and length are flexible. Summer, semester-long and year-long internships are available. Fall 2016 Internships are unpaid. Applicants are enoucared to explore funding opportunities from their university. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to commit to working with SPC through December 9, 2016.

Time Varies from week to week, but generally requires an average of ten hours per week. Time will be split between business hours and evening and weekend events. Interns seeking college internship credit should consult their institution for guidlelines.

Supervision & evaluation Interns will be supervised by the Peace Council staff person relating to their area of work. The intern would be evaluated on their level of responsibility in following through effectively on tasks, their ability to work cooperatively with others and where applicable, their role in the success of projects. 

To apply, go to or contact our office for an application and return it to with a current resume to: 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210 or email to 

Anti-War Outreach Assist with the Peace Council's Anti-War organizing, including organizing to expose the human costs of killer drone attacks, US foreign policy, and organizing in response to current events. Specific tasks may include: conducting research on critical sociopolitical issues; creating posters, fliers, and banners; attending meetings, rallies, and demonstrations; organizing and staffing outreach tables; participating in conference calls; as well as phone banking and data entry. Experience with social change organizing would be helpful but not necessary. An interest in educating and organizing to end US militarism is required.


Justice for Palestine Internship Work with the Justice for Palestine Committee to develop educational resources for print and for web and to support events and activities in support of the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign. Interest in human rights and/or Palestine solidarity helpful. Experience developing web content helpful but necesarry! 


Peace Newsletter Production Internship Work with the Peace Newsletter Editorial Coordinator on aspects related to Peace Newsletter production and distribution. Tasks may include outreach to potential adverstisers, research distribution locations, website promotion of the Peace Newsletter.  

Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation Outreach and Event Organizing Intern will work the with Peace Council committee, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, an ally organization that works to educate about and support the traditional government of the Onondaga nation. In 2016, we are promoting a new educational book documenting the relationships, between the Onondaga, allies and the government, and other environmental justice campaigns.

Grassroots Fundraising Internship Assist with the Peace Council's fundraising/development efforts, including mail, phone, web-based fundraising and organizing our annual Plowshares Silent Auction. Requires the desire to help with the infrastructure work required for a community organization to succeed; ability to follow up on contacts, build connections and carry out tasks effectively; and good communications skills. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to commit to working with SPC through December 9, 2016.


Event Organizing and Promotion Assist with the Peace Council's event organizing work, including the 2016 Birthday Dinner and the Plowshares Craftsfair - the Peace Council's largest event of the Fall. Tasks will be varied, may include phone calling to SPC members, publicity work, social media and more. 

Social Media, Website and E-Communications Assist with the Peace Council's website development work, including e-communications, web-based fundraising and social media. Requires knowledge of, or interest in learning, data management web programs, the desire to help with the infrastructure work required for a community organization to succeed and an interest in grassroots, online communications.