Union Scholars at American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees / Harvard University’s Labor & Worklife Program

Fields: labor, social justice, racial justice, poverty, campaigns

Location: Various,

About the Organization: The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is pleased to partner with Harvard University’s Labor and Worklife Program to sponsor the Union Scholars Program. AFSCME is one of the nation’s largest labor unions, representing public service employees and retirees across the country. Harvard’s Labor and Worklife Program, located in the Harvard Law School, is the university’s center for research, teaching and creative problem-solving related to the world of work.

About the Position: The Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer internship for students of color who are passionate about social justice, with an emphasis on workers’ rights. Students will take part in a hands-on organizing experience with AFSCME members, and will enjoy an opportunity to travel and receive valuable, resume-building experience – all while getting paid. Selected AFSCME Union Scholars will receive a three-day orientation to prepare for their internship, and a 10-week field placement in the summer of 2018, when the student will participate in a union organizing campaign in one of several locations across the United States. Tentative Program Dates: For students on a semester schedule June 10 – August 16. For students on a quarter schedule: June 17 – August 23.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Be a college student of color including: African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian-Pacific Islander, Latin American
  • Be an undergraduate sophomore or junior at the time of the application and the interview process
  • Demonstrate interest in working for social and economic justice through the labor union movement
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average; Provide a faculty recommendation
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Estimated Salary: $4,000 stipend for the 10 weeks (provided by Harvard); On-site housing (provided by AFSCME/Harvard); A three-day orientation and training program prior to the field assignment (provided by AFSCME); A three-day debriefing program after the internship is completed (provided by AFSCME). Upon successful completion of the program, an academic scholarship of up to $6,000 based on financial need (as determined by AFSCME)

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Apply Here:
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees / Harvard University’s Labor & Worklife Program


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