The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) is seeking interns for summer 2023 who are enthusiastic and passionate about working to create a world of peace, freedom, equality, and social justice and who are motivated to take action to end military aggression, imperialism, and all forms of oppression. By interning at our office, you’ll 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.
Interns at the Peace Council need to be self-starters, and comfortable operating in a grassroots environment. Interns work alongside SPC staff and non-staff activists/organizers to offer support and leadership in our organizing work. Applicants seeking college internship credit should consult their institution for guidelines.
Supervision & Evaluation – Interns are supervised by the Peace Council staff person relating to their area of work. Evaluation of interns will be based 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.
Time – Start dates, end dates, and hours are flexible. Some evenings and/or weekends may be preferred depending on the scheduling of events.
Internships with SPC are unpaid, however, small stipends are available. As a small grassroots organization, we unfortunately are unable to offer paid internships.
SPC is offering the following internship areas for the summer. Prospective interns are also encouraged to approach us with proposals for internships that do not fall into the areas of focus listed – keeping in mind SPC’s Statement of Purpose and active committees, campaigns, and coalition work, as we’re more likely to be able to create an internship that supports the work of a current committee and/or closely aligns with our anti-militarism roots. Depending on the number of hours requested, any of these internships may be supplemented with work on other Syracuse Peace Council projects.
Nuclear Free World Committee Internship
Join SPC’s Nuclear Free World Committee in organizing for the nonproliferation and abolition of nuclear weapons, primarily with our local work on the Back from the Brink campaign. Responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) research, writing, social media assistance, website updating, data entry, event promotion, attending meetings, and other assistance with local organizing and advocacy efforts. Learn more about the Nuclear Free World committee’s work at https://www.peacecouncil.net/programs/nuclear-free-world-committee. For questions, contact Diane Swords at email@example.com.
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) Internship
Come work with an established activist organization whose members come together to combat real-life legacies of settler colonialism, while cultivating right relationships! SPC’s Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) project educates and organizes in solidarity with Onondaga people on Onondaga Land (Central New York). Current NOON projects include an ongoing effort to replace the Columbus Statue in downtown Syracuse with a diverse cultural heritage display, Witness to Injustice experiential workshops on the history of the colonization of Turtle Island (the North American continent), planning for Indigenous Peoples Day 2023 and outreach tabling at community events. Internship responsibilities will vary based on the skills and interests of the intern but include attending Zoom meetings and updating educational resources on the NOON website. Hours are flexible. For questions, contact Lee Cridland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Media & E-Communications Internship
Help build and maintain SPC’s social media presence, e-announcements, and website to keep our community updated on our organizing and advocacy and how to get involved. Responsibilities may include communicating with SPC committees on content, messaging, and timing; regular posting on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram); website updating; creating simple graphics; researching and editing content for e-newsletters and e-announcements; and attending meetings. Basic knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is required. Experience with creating videos and/or graphic design is a plus. For questions, contact Lee Cridland at email@example.com.
To learn more about SPC’s work, feel free to browse our website (committee webpages in particular: Beyond War and Militarism, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Nuclear Free World, and Justice for Palestine), and check us out on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
Our summer campaigns will include Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal and, working in conjunction with Veterans for Peace and Nuclear Free World, the Syracuse tour of the Golden Rule Peace Boat.
The intern selection process includes an internship application, a resume, two references, and an interview. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until openings are filled. Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.