Starting Date: 08-24-2006
25 West 43rd St
New York, New York 10036
212-827-0200New York Union Semester is an innovative program, providing the opportunity to learn about organized labor in a challenging environment both inside and outside the classroom. As interns, students learn the inner workings of organized labor while they make a contribution to the important work unions do. In the classroom, students analyze the experience they are gaining in the field, studying this experience in the context of U.S. labor history. The School of Professional Studies, CUNY grants credits for both the internship and related courses, and students will complete a Labor Studies Certificate.
Applications are available at http://www.unionsemester.org or by calling 212-827-0200.
What kind of courses will I take?
Four courses are required for Union Semester students to complete the 16-credit Labor Studies Certificate: U.S. Labor History, Contemporary Labor Issues, Work, Culture, and Politics in New York City, and the Labor and Workplace Studies Field Internship.
What kind of work will I do?
Interns are placed in a range of field assignments with local unions and related non-profit organizations. In the past, students have helped supermarket deliverymen and fast-food street vendors organize a union. They have also tutored immigrant workers for citizenship classes, researched copyright laws for free-lance writers, studied health and safety legislation and public policies governing child labor.
What kind of unions and organizations will I work with?
Participating unions represent workers in many fields, including nurses and other hospital workers, janitors, garment workers, city employees, free-lance writers and teachers. These union members reflect the diverse population of New York City. Other organizations participating in the program include Urban Agenda, New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), and other community organizations and worker’s centers.
• Students accepted to Union Semester receive a scholarship of $1,700, from participating unions and organizations. All students are responsible for $375 in remaining program fees, payable before the semester begins. In addition, upon acceptance into the program, students are asked to pay the application fee of $40 to the School of Professional Studies, CUNY.
• Students are responsible for their transportation to and from New York City as well as for their room and board once they have arrived in New York. The Union Semester staff will help you find affordable lodging. Each student receives a weekly stipend of $210 to cover additional expenses, such as books and supplies. If you have concerns about managing your finances, the Union Semester Program Coordinator can answer your questions and help you develop a budget.
Geographical Scope: National