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Auburn Correctional Facility Tutoring Internship

Faculty sponsor: Patrick W. Berry (

Student mentor: Dave Meinhart (

Students will tutor prison inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility,  an all-male maximum security state prison in Auburn, NY.  After  going through an interview,  filling out a brief application, and attending an orientation session at the Correctional Facility,  students will participate in tutoring on Thursday evenings for the  duration of the semester.  Transportation to the facility departs Syracuse University around 5:30 p.m on a weeknight and returns  around 10:15 p.m.  Student-tutors will work towards the primary objective of preparing inmates for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test, augmenting their regular GED classes by working to improve skill-sets in areas such as reading comprehension, basic writing structure and conventions, and other areas. Secondary goals include helping the inmates effectively communicate ideas and improving their ability to think critically about general educational material and current events. Weekly journal entries will be asked of student-tutors each week, and a final reflective paper will also be required. Prospective student-tutors should be dedicated to the program and willing to meet any potential challenges that this extremely rewarding program may present to them.

Students must be able to provide their own transportation.

Prerequisite: Jr/Sr standing or instructor permission

Clear Path for Veterans

Faculty sponsor: TBA


  • Belief in the mission of Clear Path for Veterans (see
  • Understanding of agency goals, policies and procedures 
  • Development of good working relationships across leadership ladder within a diverse group of paid and volunteer staff 
  • Strong organizational, communications and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to be highly engaged and self-directed 
  • Own transportation with a New York State driver’s license


  • Strong interviewing and writing skills 
  • Understanding of digital photography basics
  • Firm grasp of AP style 
  • Proficient in Facebook 


  • Craft stories that tell the CPV narrative 
  • Research, review, interview, write, and photograph for feature articles about veterans, active duty and their families
  • Produce a minimum of 13 articles for Clear Path’s biannual newsletter and pitched to regional media for inclusion in their publications
  • Write Facebook/website/newsletter teasers and press releases 
  • Attend meetings and supports events, as needed and as available
  • Complete other duties as assigned 


  • Go to, and put in the “additional notes” which internship job you are interested in. 
  • Email your interest to 

Interested interns must submit two pieces of published writing (college newspaper, online publication, other form of print media.)  

College of Arts and Sciences: Office of Communications Intern

The College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) communications team is dedicated to the effective promotion of the University’s largest, most academically diverse college to our many audiences. As the home of the liberal arts in an R1 research university, A&S’ internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education. We offer 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with
the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs). The A&S communications team is seeking a communications intern to assist with telling the A&S story, through projects which could include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing news announcements and student stories for the A&S website
  • Writing and editing copy for A&S web pages
  • Helping with photography and videography tasks
  • Contributing to the publication of A&S’ digital and physical magazines
  • Attending and covering select campus events
  • Assisting with content creation for A&S’ social media channels
  • Special projects that align with the candidate’s specific interests and career goals.

Applicants must have at least sophomore standing and have already taken WRT 105/205 with at least a B grade. Ability to write clearly and concisely for a general audience is required.

Learn more about the College of Arts & Sciences and the A&S communications

Computers and Composition Digital Press

Faculty sponsor: Patrick W. Berry (

Digital Media Editor, Computers and Composition Digital Press Internship

Computers and Composition Digital Press is looking for a Digital Media Editor to assist in the production of its digital books. As new forms of scholarship emerge amidst changing web standards, the Digital Media Editor will work to ensure that books are produced using the most up-to-date and sustainable software.

The Digital Media Editor will be responsible for a range of editorial and digital media tasks including developing and designing multimedia prototypes for new books and existing projects, corresponding with authors and editors, reading manuscripts, and making recommendations related to multimedia representation. Applicants will work at the Writing Program and offsite. They must have access to Adobe's Creative Suite.

Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong proofreading and editing skills, expertise in designing multimedia web pages using Adobe's Creative Suite, and knowledge of web standards (e.g., HTML5).

Interested applicants will be required to submit a letter of application and resume along with samples of prior website design work and a listing of relevant coursework in multimedia production (web design, video editing, etc.). 

Cooperative Federal Credit Union

Faculty sponsor: Rebecca Moore Howard (

Communications Intern

Cooperative Federal is Syracuse's only community development credit union; we work with low income individuals to help them save money, buy homes and build assets. We provide our members with products and services tailored to their lifestyles that do not cost them exorbitant amounts of money. We also teach financial education and literacy courses to youth and adults.
Because we primarily work with people who need access to credit and have limited savings, we use grants and other forms of capital to offset our program costs and provide money to loan out. The Communications Intern would assist the Sustainability and Outreach Coordinator by writing and editing a variety of communications.

The Communications Intern would work on the following projects:

  • Writing/editing grants
  • Researching funding sources
  • Writing brochures
  • Writing web content
  • Writing cover letters
  • Writing grant report narratives
  • Filling out small grant applications
  • Writing for the newsletter

The ability to write in a clear and concise style is preferred. Hours per week may vary depending on grant deadlines.
Prerequisite: Jr/Sr standing or instructor permission.

Exceptional Family Resources

Faculty sponsor: Lois Agnew

This internship is only available during the fall semester.

Exceptional Family Resources (EFR) is a local 501C3 not-for-profit agency that serves persons and families with developmental disabilities throughout Onondaga County. The agency provides Medicaid service coordination, respite, recreation services, community habilitation, educational advocacy, family education & training and information and referrals to various agencies and services. The intern’s primary responsibility will be to work on the EFR Resource Manual, one of the outreach tools provided to support the information and referral service.

Skills and responsibilities include:

·       Experience with Microsoft Word, Outlook & InDesign 

·       Excellent verbal communication skills, including phone skills

·       Editing and proofreading skills required

·       Email/phone follow up with local agencies for submissions

·       Contact local agencies for changes/additions to manual

·       The current Resource Manual is on our website under publications at

The intern will receive named credit within the resource manual along with a personal note from the Resource Specialist and Executive Director of Exceptional Resources for her contributions.   

Transportation maybe provided. The hours are flexible, Monday thru Friday.

FACES: an HIV/AIDS education program

FACES is an HIV education, prevention, outreach, and case management program based at the Southwest Community Center in the city of Syracuse, New York. This program is part of Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc. (SMNF), a non-profit, multi-service agency. FACES serves primarily African Americans, Latino Americans, and LGBT of color who are either HIV+ or at high-risk for contracting the disease and has done so since 1994.

FACES seeks a Writing Program student who will, under the guidance of the program director, provide regular content for the program’s social media initiative. These duties include:

Qualifications include:


Faculty sponsor: Patrick W. Berry (

MEND is a project that combines publishing training and humanistic interpretation with the editing and production of a new open-source publication, Mend, a journal of writing by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. It serves formerly incarcerated individuals and members of their families in Central New York who are committed to writing, storytelling, and the humanities.

The MEND intern will serve as Assistant Editor and Workshop Facilitator for the project. Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong proofreading and editing skills, and expertise in designing pages using the Adobe suite.

Responsibilities include:

  • assisting in the launch of a new publication
  • proofreading and editing
  • working on grants
  • promoting publication and project on social media
  • assisting with writing workshops

New York State Public Interest Research Group
732 S. Crouse 2nd Floor, Syracuse NY 13210

Faculty sponsor: Krista Kennedy

NYPIRG will work on a number of major campaigns each semester, each with a set of semester long goals and long terms objectives.  The projects we work on will include a range of organizing opportunities, including planning events, working in coalitions, performing outreach and education, and receiving media coverage for the issue.  Through such activities, interns will not only learn about the issue area they are working on, but they will learn public speaking, time management, persuasive speaking, research, advocacy, and writing skills as well. Consequently, our interns graduate with fuller resumes, endless resources, and great recommendations! Through this internship, you will make a positive impact on your life in school, as well as in your community.        

The NYPIRG internships will allow you to hone your skills in:
• Public Speaking
• Writing for Advocacy
• Media Outreach
• Coalition Building
•  Planning
• Time Management
• Advocacy

Our past interns have helped to accomplish the following:
• Registered thousands of new voters
• Stopped tuition hikes, preventing cuts to financial aid (TAP) and opportunity programs
• Saved students money by advocating for student-friendly textbook policies
• Educated the campus by organizing forums on student loans and credit card debt
• Collected food, clothing, and money for the hungry and homeless
• Released widely cited consumer reports on toy safety and prescription drugs
• Published reports on the state of the subway

Internship Requirements:
• All interns must attend weekly workshops, as well as weekly chapter meetings at the NYPIRG office.
• Interns are required to keep a journal detailing activities performed during the week. Each journal entry should be a ½ page minimum, and academic rather than personal.  A journal facilitates reflection on your work; reflection is a key component to successful and lasting development.  


Faculty sponsor: Tony Scott
217 South Salina Street, Second Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202

Incorporated in 1968 with a mission “to help people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient,” PEACE, Inc. is a federal designated Community Action Agency (CAA) that serves nearly 12,000 clients in Syracuse, Onondaga County, and portions of Oswego County. With a guiding principle of “Maximum Feasible Participation,” or the concept that those who are served by the CAA must also be involved with the organization’s decision-making process, PEACE, Inc. offers 9 primary antipoverty services: Head Start and Early Head Start (HS, EHS), its Department of Energy and Housing, Family Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), Foster Grandparents, Free Tax Preparation (EITC), Eastwood Community Center, Senior Nutrition, and Senior Support Services.

In support of these varied programs, PEACE, Inc.’s Community Engagement Team is searching for motivated and enthusiastic students who are interested in pursuing any of the following activities:

1) Writing, preparing, and releasing Community Needs related research (examples of our recent products i.e. a COVID-19 Community Needs Chronicle and Assessment as well as a White Paper Series on Poverty can be found at
2) Website design and content.
3) Monthly Newsletter design and writing.
4) Writing, research, and evaluation support for new agency-wide antipoverty initiatives (specifically a “Meals Home Delivery Service,” the conversion of empty lots into green spaces on the Southside).
5) Special projects in other departments and depending upon need.
6) Special projects based upon your own interests and proposals. Some of our agency’s best research and work have emerged from the minds of our interns in recent years.

The Community Engagement Team is committed to offering and creating quality internships. Hours are flexible around one’s schedule. As part of one’s internship, we offer workshops with agency experts on community engagement, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and more. Community Engagement interns are often hired in the community and by the agency itself. When resources are available, compensation is possible.

Q Center at ACR Health

Faculty Sponsor: Krista Kennedy (

AIDS Community Resources
617 West Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204

The Q Center’s Mission is three-fold:

Internship Overview & Description:
The Q Center at ACR Health is looking for a passionate, motivated, and dependable individual to serve as a writing program intern. The candidate will gain valuable public relation and direct service skills, while utilizing their writing expertise. This intern will eventually be responsible for:

Supervisor Information:
This intern will work on-site at the Q Center and be supervised by the Q Center Program Coordinator.

Hours per week are negotiable and customizable but must add up to the hours required per major/department.

The ideal candidate should have:

Benefits and Compensation:
The intern will receive:

RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment)

Faculty Sponsor: Brice Nordquist (

Organizational Description: Originally founded in 2004 by Somali Bantu refugees and formerly known as the Somali-Bantu Community Association, RISE presently serves 400 families from 28 nations annually. We are committed to aiding the diverse refugee and immigrant communities of Onondaga County. Our mission is a simple one, "to advocate and to promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support, and economic independence in Onondaga County." With former refugees composing more than 66% of its Board of Directors and 75% of its staff respectively, RISE is an ethnic based community organization for refugees by refugees. We pursue our mission through innovative and ever-evolving programming, including bridging case management services, ESL and Citizenship classes, financial and computer literacy courses, after-school and summer youth education programs, as well as a Women’s Empowerment Project, among other offerings.

Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition Internship: Opportunities will take place within walking distance of Syracuse University at the RISE Center, 302 Burt Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Interns can be from any major and pursue any number of interests, provided they exhibit a detail-oriented approach. Hours are flexible throughout the week; weekend work is also possible.

At the Center, the intern will report directly to the Associate Executive Director (AED). The intern can be tasked with the following duties (as well as others according to the arrangement established between the AED and the student).


  • The Student will shadow the Executive and Associate Executive Directors, Bridging Case Managers, IDA Case Managers, and various coordinators and staff to familiarize oneself with RISE and the work conducted at the center.
  • The Student will support Executive and Associate Executive Directors in administrative tasks and office needs, especially when one or both of the Directors are away from the Office.
  • The Student will research potential new lines for increasing funding, broadening volunteer recruitment, and sharpening program curriculum.
  • The Student will assist the Directors in the drafting and editing of program and organizational documents.
  • The Student will offer general support to staff members as necessary, especially Bridging Case Management Services. This might include customer support responsibilities, i.e. working with clients to search for employment, to create and edit resumes, and to complete other technology-related tasks.
  • The Student will carry and conduct oneself in a professional manner, setting a positive example in the office and when representing Syracuse University.

Expected Outcomes

  • The Student will develop the skills necessary to succeed in an administrative setting. 
  • The Student will become more sensitive about the difficulties faced by and the varied experiences of New Americans.
  • RISE will use the work conducted by the Student to improve programming, staff knowledge, and general service to its clients.

Syracuse Peace Council

Faculty sponsor: Eileen E. Schell (

Statement of Purpose
The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC), founded in 1936, is an antiwar/social justice organization. We arecommunity-based, autonomous and funded by the contributions of our supporters.

SPC educates, agitates and organizes for a world where war, violence and exploitation in any form will no longer exist. We challenge the existing unjust power relationships among nations, among people and between ourselves and the environment.

As members, we work to replace inequality, hierarchy, domination and powerlessness with mutual respect, personal empowerment, cooperation and a sense of community.

Present social injustices cannot be understood in isolation from each other nor can they be overcome without recognizing their economic and militaristic roots. SPC stresses a strategy that makes these connections clear. We initiate and support activities that help build this sense of community and help tear down the walls of oppression.

A fundamental basis for peace and justice is an economic system that places human need above monetary profit. We establish relationships among people based on cooperation rather than competition or the threat of destruction.

Our political values and personal lives shape and reflect each other. In both we are committed to nonviolent means of conflict resolution and to a process of decision-making that responds to the needs of us all.

Publications Internship
Assisting with the publication of the monthly Peace Newsletter. This could have a focus on either the editorial component, the layout and graphic arts component, or involve both areas equally. The intern would work closely with the Peace Newsletter coordinator and a committee of volunteers. Tasks include: developing content ideas, finding and working with authors, writing articles, finding or creating graphics or photos, laying out the publication and distribution.

Qualifications: Depending on the specific focus of the intern, they would include: writing and editing skills, experience working with publications, graphic arts and/or layout experience (InDesign preferably), as well as good communications skills. Journalism or graphic arts majors would fit particularly well.

Hours: The newsletter operates on a monthly and bi-monthly cycle so the time commitment varies from week to week, but generally requires an average of five to 15 hours per week. Most of the time will be during business hours with some evening and weekend meetings.

Supervision & evaluation: The intern would be supervised by the Peace Newsletter coordinator who would meet with her/him regularly. 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 the quality of the work (writing, editing, graphics) they produced.

One to two internships would be available each semester in this program.

Public Relations/Media Internship
Assist with the public relations work of the Peace Council on issues of peace and social justice. The precise focus would depend on the current projects of the organization and the interests of the intern. There is the opportunity for a motivated and responsible intern to develop and carry out a small project in this area. Tasks could include: developing project ideas, developing campaign materials, writing press releases, web page design, working with the media or other institutions to carry out the project.

Qualifications: Experience in working with the media or in public relations would be helpful but not absolutely necessary. A high-level of responsibility is required, as well as good communications skills. Social science or social work students would be well suited for this work.

Hours: The time commitment varies from week to week, but generally requires an average of five to 15 hours per week. Most of the time will be during business hours with some evening and weekend meetings.

Supervision & evaluation: The intern would be supervised by the Peace Council staffperson who is coordinating the project. That person would meet with her/him regularly. 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.

One to two internships would be available each semester in this program.

Prerequisite: Jr/Sr standing or instructor permission

Syracuse Poster Project
Faculty sponsor: Faith Plvan (

The Syracuse Poster Project, established in 2002, brings together poets and Syracuse University artists to create an annual series of illustrated poetry posters for the poster kiosks of downtown Syracuse. The Project enlivens the downtown, strengthens the city's sense of place, and spreads its value by selling small prints of the large posters.

For this civic art project to support itself, it has to operate as an effective business,marketing and selling poster-related products, networking, and reaching patrons for support. We need interns to volunteer for the summer, or for the fall or spring semesters. The opportunity provides good experience for students interested in writing, graphic design, marketing and promotion, social networking, fund raising, or information technology.

Resource development intern
Correspond formally and informally, via letter, e-mail, and social media, to acquire resources for the Project. This can mean cultivating links to our website; soliciting goods for our on-line store; composing entry material for poetry and art contests; communicating with poets and artists about additional involvement in our project; and drafting outreach letters to supporters. In the spring semester, this intern also helps to produce the informational material that accompanies poster prints. The intern interviews poets and artists for blurbs about their work.

Micro-publishing intern
The intern will help develop and market themed poetry booklets, drawing on short poems (haiku) from the project's archives. The intern will gather haiku on a variety of local themes, and reach out to notable members of the community to "curate" these collections. We will then publish and market booklets of the curators' favorites. For instance: "Ten Favorite Snow Poems, Selected by So-And-So." We will also develop other poetry products.

Grant writing intern
Research charitable foundations and grant opportunities, draft letters of inquiry, and help write grant applications to support the Project's activities. We will seek grants to fund summer internships; develop new products, such as note cards, haiku booklets, and calendars; market and promote our products; develop new public venues for poster art; and collaborate with other proponents of poetry and public art. A good opportunity for students interested in working for nonprofits, or interested in learning how to raise money for their own charitable endeavors.

Marketing and promotion intern
The marketing and promotion intern will help market and promote our products (civic art and poetry posters, note cards, postcards, and poetry booklets) and activities (contests, workshops, social events) through email platforms, social media, video, and traditional print media. The position requires strong writing skills, basic graphic design skill, and good verbal communication skills, plus familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube).

Qualifications: A basic appreciation of art and poetry. A general understanding of, or interest in, the Syracuse community and the value of art and poetry in building community. An interest in writing to make things happen. Strong writing and editing skills. Attention to grammar, spelling, and the formatting of written text. Strong word processing skills, using Microsoft Word. Ability to introduce yourself, explain our activities to strangers. Willingness to take initiative, explore new avenue. Proper etiquette for social media. Punctuality. Appreciated but not required: skill in graphic design.

Supervision: Jim Emmons, the project coordinator, will work with three to four interns in a shared work space, Syracuse CoWorks, second floor, 201 E. Jefferson  St., downtown; within two blocks of a Connective Corridor bus stop.

Syracuse University Press

Faculty Sponsor: Lenny Grant

Syracuse University Press is committed to serving scholars and scholarship, promoting a diverse cultural and intellectual expression, and preserving the history, literature, and culture of our region.

These internships are available during the summer, as well as the academic year.

Editorial and Production Intern:
Interns in the editorial and production department will create file folders for new manuscripts, organize and file manuscripts and materials, use checklists as directed to review manuscripts and prepare them for authors, use checklists as directed to proof manuscripts, prepare book launch packets, and update series lists.
Qualifications include:
organizational skills to create, organize, and maintain files
excellent written and oral communication skills
careful eye for detail and patience to review manuscripts and proof
computer, copier, fax, phone skills
ability to follow directions

Marketing Intern:
Interns in the marketing department will draft catalog descriptions of books, press releases, and book pitches; research academic conferences, journals, and organizations that are relevant to promoting specific books; maintain media contacts; process direct mail campaigns; evaluate the market potential of book proposals; and maintain and update social media accounts.
Qualifications include:
excellent written and oral communication skills
strong proofreading skills
the ability to work independently
computer literate (Microsoft and Excel required, In-Design preferred)

Acquisitions Intern:
Interns in the acquisitions department will assist the editors in the evaluation process of each manuscript by reviewing proposals, writing letters and researching appropriate publishers for rejected proposals, preparing proposals for in-house evaluation, garnering informal opinions, identifying appropriate experts in the field to read manuscripts, contacting authors and readers, writing publication proposals, and helping to prepare launch materials. The intern will also assist the acquisitions editors with obtaining permissions and any needed on-line research.
Qualifications include:
excellent written and oral communication skills
ability to handle a large variety of tasks and details
ability to follow directions
computer, copier, fax, phone skills

Prerequisite: Jr/Sr standing or instructor permission

Writers’ Club, Nottingham Senior Living Community

Faculty Sponsor: Eileen Schell (

Located at the Nottingham Senior Living Community in Jamesville, NY (four miles from campus with carpooling available), the Writer’s Club, founded in 2001, is a group of Nottingham residents (ages 70-95) who meet weekly on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. to share their writing and discuss the writing of published authors. Interns must be interested in working with senior citizens. Students involved in this project will have the opportunity to undertake work such as attend the Writers’ Club sessions and help plan and possibly guest-lead sessions; work one-on-one with residents helping them write, edit, and type their writing projects; compile and edit the Writers’ Club newsletter, which includes publishing residents’ work; and work on developing a series of webpages for the Writers’ Club. (Preference will be given to Writing majors and minors, although students in other programs may apply.)

Students must have transportation to the Nottingham and be free on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-3:30 p.m for the weekly meeting as well as have some time on weekends or week days to meet with residents to work on projects.

Prerequisite: Jr/Sr standing or instructor permission