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Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition Internship Sites


Auburn Correctional Facility Tutoring Internship

http://www.doccs.ny.gov/faclist.html

Faculty sponsor: Patrick Berry (pwberry@syr.edu)

Student mentor: Dave Meinhart (dvmeinha@syr.edu)

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


Computers and Composition Digital Press

Faculty sponsor: Patrick Berry (pwberry@syr.edu)

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

http://www.cooperativefederal.org/

Faculty sponsor: Rebecca Moore Howard (rehoward@syr.edu)

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 www.contactefr.org

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

http://smnfswcc.org/

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:

    • writing and publishing daily promotional and pro-HIV funding tweets and Google+ updates
    • researching the target audiences who make use of social media in order to effectively produce targeted content when updating/blogging
    • ensuring that all social media content adheres to the programs goals of brand promotion, sustainable content, and fund raising
      • writing and publishing weekly blog content that includes, but is not limited to:
      • analysis texts on current HIV issues
      • argument texts for HIV advocacy
    • interviews and spotlights on FACES staff, volunteers, and other interns
    • maintaining regular communication with the program director
    • adhering to all SMNF, Writing Program, the College of Arts & Sciences, and Syracuse University policies and procedures

Qualifications include:

    • Junior or senior standing
    • Ability to produce critical writing that is rhetorically and culturally appropriate for African American, Latino American, and LBGT audiences
    • Ability to read critically and closely various Internet texts, including other blogs, tweets, and SMS updates
    • Above average ability to organize short writing pieces for Internet publication
    • Ability to conduct Internet research
    • Knowledge of the Word Press blogging platform, Twitter, Facebook, and G+

New City Community Press

http://www.newcitypress.org/

Faculty Sponsor: Steve Parks (sjparks@syr.edu)

NCCP collaborates with local community groups working to gain public recognition for their social, political, and economic concerns. Through sponsoring community-based writing groups and oral history projects, NCCP produces publications that are then used in community, public school, and university contexts. Many of these publications also serve a public advocacy goal. Students involved in this project might work with a writing group, design publications, develop websites, and write marketing materials. There are also opportunities to develop organizational and business-related documents.


New York State Public Interest Research Group

http://www.nypirg.org/
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.  


Q Center at ACR Health

http://www.aidscommunityresources.com/content.cfm/services/youth-center
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Q-Center/129267220435675

Faculty Sponsor: Krista Kennedy (krista01@syr.edu)

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

The Q Center’s Mission is three-fold:

    • Provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ youth;
    • Provide resources that cultivate self-acceptance and leadership skills; and
    • Create a safer community for LGBTQ youth

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:

    • Work with young people to produce writing pieces for our Youth Services Newsletter through interviewing youth, writing stories, and supporting youth in the writing of their own pieces. The newsletter will be produced once a semester.
    • Collecting youth stories regarding challenges and successes of youth experiences, to be used for advocacy & public relation purposes.
    • Create content for Q Center website
    • Maintain the Q Center social media initiatives.
    • Research and apply for grants supporting the Q Center’s mission
    • Tutor youth in writing and support the youth writing college application essays.
      Supervisor Information:

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

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

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate should have:

    • LGBTQ cultural competence
    • Comfort and interest in working with youth
    • Knowledge regarding issues LGBTQ youth typically face; such as the coming out process, suicide, homelessness, substance abuse, harassment and discrimination, loss of friends or family, etc.
    • Strong skills in writing, marketing, and/or public relations.
    • Completed WRT 307 with a minimum grade of C+.

Benefits and Compensation:
The intern will receive:

    • An opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of local young people in the LGBTQ community.
    • Intense social media experience.
    • Hands-on experience with developing persuasive written materials in multiple media and formats.
    • Professional experience working in the human services field.
    • Academic credit for their time and service.         

  


Syracuse Peace Council

http://www.peacecouncil.net/

Faculty sponsor: Eileen E. Schell (eeschell@syr.edu)

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

http://www.posterproject.org/
Faculty sponsor: Rebecca Moore Howard


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.


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

http://www.syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/

Faculty Sponsor: Rebecca Moore Howard

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

http://thenottingham.org/

Faculty Sponsor: Eileen Schell (eeschell@syr.edu)

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


Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

http://wrt.syr.edu/

Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition Public Relations

Faculty Sponsor: George Rhinehart (glrhineh@syr.edu)
Interns work closely with the sponsor to produce writing that publicizes and promotes Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, including coverage of events and faculty, student, and alumni accomplishments. Communication with alumni is a primary responsibility. This writing will be published on the departmental website (http://wrt.syr.edu).