Internships in Antiwar and Social Justice Organizing

 

The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) is seeking interns 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, 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 guidlelines.

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 date, and hours are flexible.  Some evenings and/or weekends may be preferred depending on the scheduling of events.


SPC is offering the following internship areas for the Spring 2022 semester. While we likely would not have the capacity to fill and supervise interns for all four of these areas, these are the options for focus areas we have prepared. Prospective interns are also encouraged to approach us with proposals for internships which 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.

 

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) committee educates and organizes in solidarity with Onondaga people on Onondaga Land (Central New York). Current NOON projects include: a campaign to fulfill New York State's legal obligation to provide adequate funding for schools located on sovereign Haudenosaunee territory; an ongoing effort to replace the Columbus Statue in downtown Syracuse with a diverse cultural heritage display; and Witness to Injustice experiential workshops on the history of the colonization of Turtle Island (the North American continent). 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 web site. Hours are flexible. For questions, contact Carol Baum at carol@peacecouncil.net.

 

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.

 

An Assortment of Activism

Interested in getting hands-on experience with organizing and advocacy as an SPC intern, but not sure about a focus area? Try an internship that involves a little of everything - social media, event organizing and publicity, outreach, research, writing, campaign work, and/or anything listed in the other internship areas that you are interested in. We’ll work with you to create an internship experience that allows you to be involved in a variety of projects while meeting our committees’ organizing needs.

 

Our staff is mainly working remotely during this time, with occasional time in our office. Interns must be able to work remotely for the majority of their internship, with the ability to spend occasional time in the office welcome but not required.

 

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

 

To apply:

1) Fill out the internship application online

2) Submit a resume to michaela@peacecouncil.net. (Please feel free to contact us with questions as well.)

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until openings are filled. Intern selection process will include a Zoom video interview.

 


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