The Bridges Center for Labor Studies regularly arranges internships for academic credit with a diverse array of unions, labor organizations, and groups working for social justice. Labor Studies internships, along with applied labor research seminars and service learning options, help to develop the partnership between the University and the labor community. Labor and social justice organizations who feel they could benefit from the help of a student intern, and can offer work that would provide a real-world educational experience, should contact the Program Coordinator of the Bridges Center at (206) 543-7946.
In addition to connecting students with internship opportunities, the Center will help students set up the paperwork to receive academic credit for their work, including finding a faulty sponsor in their major, if possible. Students who have not declared a major, or whose major is not appropriate for a Labor Studies internship, may still receive credit by registering for General Studies 350. For more information on this option, and for general information on how internships are structured at the UW, see the Carlson Center web page.
The needs of labor and social justice organizations depend on the changing terrain of struggle and organization: the possibilities for student involvement may vary greatly from month to month and year to year. Thus, with the exception of the Washington State Labor Councilšs legislative internship (described below), very few internships are ongoing. In addition, the Center has found that the best way to create an internship that genuinely benefits both members of the University-Labor partnership is to begin with each student's particular interests and skills, and then take advantage of the Centeršs wide array of labor contacts to place the student in an appropriate position. Students seeking internships should contact the Center and arrange an interview. Most internships are arranged individually, rather than advertised; please contact us for more information.