We greatly enjoy working with interns at the NOON/Syracuse Peace Council. Below are a number of specific internships which are available, though we welcome other proposals from prospective candidates. Full-time interns are also warmly welcome. At the current time we have no funds to support interns, so all internships will be unpaid.
To be successful, interns with NOON need to be self-starters who are comfortable operating in a grassroots environment where resources are limited. They must be interested in learning more about how to create a more peaceful and just world.
To apply for an internship, please complete our intern application and return it to with a current resume and contact information for 2-3 references to our office, 2013 East Genesee St.., Syracuse, NY 13210 or email us.
Winter/Spring 2013 semester
The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, an innovative project seeking to honor native treaties and protect the Earth, is a collaboration between Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and the Onondaga Nation (Central Firekeepers of the Iroqois Confederacy). The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is an educational and advocacy initiative centered on the 400th anniversary of the first treaty between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and European newcomers to this land (signed in 1613 south of Albany). The Two Row Wampum Treaty provides an inspirational vision for peaceful co-existence of different nations living on and caring for the same land. The Haudenosaunee see the Two Row as the foundation upon which all subsequent treaties were made. The treaty outlines a model of friendship and peace, of living in parallel forever, working together where appropriate and respecting one anothers sovereignty. It describes the Haudenosaunee and the Europeans as traveling down the river of life in different vessels, each agreeing not to interfere in the affairs of the other or to damage our shared environment. For centuries the Haudenosaunee have observed this treaty.
This campaign will develop a broad alliance between New Yorkers and the Haudenosaunee with the ultimate aim of achieving social and economic justice for the Haudenosaunee as well as environmental justice for New Yorkers. By working with the Haudenosaunee, we believe that New York State can become a leader in promoting innovative public policies that drive positive ecological and social change.
A focal point of the campaign will be a symbolic enactment of the treaty with Haudenosaunee and other native people paddling side-by-side with allies and supporters down the Hudson River from Albany to New York City in the summer of 2013. We will begin that effort with a festival in Albany on Saturday, July 27 and the flotilla will set off the following morning. We will stop along the route for educational and cultural events and arrive in New York City on Friday, August 9 to participate in the United Nations International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The following day (Saturday, August 10) we will hold a larger event to close the enactment.
More complete details are available at the campaign website: www.HonorTheTwoRow.org
General Qualifications: Interns with Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, a project of the Syracuse Peace Council, need to be self-starters who are comfortable operating in a grassroots environment where resources are limited. They must be interested in learning more about and participating in the creation of a more peaceful and just world, as well as learning more about the Onondaga Nation and Haudenosaunee people. Good communications skills, attention to detail, flexibility and a desire to work cross-culturally are critical. Ability to work independently is important.
Hours: The time commitment varies from week to week, but generally requires an average of about ten hours per week, primarily during business hours but also some evening and weekend work, for the course of the semester.
Supervision & evaluation: The intern would be supervised by the NOON coordinator in conjunction with leaders of particular aspects of the campaign. The intern needs to be self-motivated and able to work independently. The intern would be evaluated on their level of responsibility in following through effectively on tasks, on their ability to work cooperatively with others and on their role in the success of the project.
To apply for an internship, please complete our intern application and return it to with a current resume and contact information for 2-3 references to our office, 2013 East Genesee St.., Syracuse, NY 13210 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be handled on a first-come, first served basis, so apply soon!
Internships are also available with other projects at the Syracuse Peace Council. Read more.
Two Row Wampum Campaign Internships
Social Media Coordinator
The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is looking for an intern with social media expertise to expand our social media outreach over the next 12 months. We seek someone with significant social media experience who can build on the base which has been created and help the campaign go viral.
° technical proficiency with Facebook, Twitter and other social media and creative thinking to reach a wide audience
° the ideal candidate would make a commitment for all of 2013 (we will consider applicants who can work only for the coming semester)
Assist with the fund development work to support the campaign. This can include working on grant proposals, solicitations to individuals, online fundraising and seeking corporate sponsorship.
° experience with fundraising and excellent communications skills
Assist in the development of a local and statewide media campaign for The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.
° experience with media and public relations work, ideally in a social change or nonprofit environment
Symbolic Enactment Planning
Work with the Symbolic Enactment Committee in the planning for our 11 day trip down the Hudson River in summer 2013 for The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.
° ability to work well with groups, event planning experience, canoeing or other boating experience is helpful as is knowledge of the Hudson Valley
Educational Resources and Events
Work with the Education Committee to prepare curricular materials for use in schools and educational materials for use with the general public. Help with planning for educational events as part of the campaign.
° strong grounding in Onondaga and Haudenosaunee history and their relations with newcomers to this land. Experience developing curricular materials and with event planning helpful
Protecting the Earth is central to the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. This person would assist in developing ways to bring specific environmental concerns, including hydrofracking and climate change, into the campaign. She/he might also play a role in helping make the enactment as environmentally friendly as possible.
° strong environmental knowledge and background.