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Union Summer!

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The AFL-CIO is very excited to announce that Union Summer will return for 2010!  Since 1996, Union Summer has graduated over 3000 activists, many of whom continue to work in the labor movement. Union Summer will be looking to recruit and place student activists from colleges and universities across the country to take the fight for justice into the streets in support of our campaign to win good jobs!
Union Summer is a ten week educational internship in which participants are introduced to the labor movement.  The Union Summer Internship will run from June 7th through August 13th.  It will begin with a weeklong orientation and training, which will be held in Washington, D.C. June 7-June 13.  After the training, interns will work in teams in support of the AFL-CIO’s Jobs Campaign in various parts of the country; there will also be classroom instruction on matters related to their activities.  Their activities could include assisting in organizing direct actions such as marches and rallies, talking with workers impacted by the jobs crisis, as well as assisting in building community, labor and religious support for the Campaign.  Interns will play an important role in helping to build support for our top priority - making sure that everyone that wants a job can get one. Participation in Union Summer is also an ideal way for people to learn about unions and our work in the community.
Union Summer is looking to recruit students with a strong commitment to social and economic justice as and openness to working with people of various races, ethnicities, sexual and religious orientations. Participants should be enthusiastic, energetic and flexible to working long and irregular hours.  We are accepting applications from rising juniors and seniors as well as graduating seniors.  Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Participants will receive a stipend of $300 per week (minus taxes) to cover meals and other incidental expenses.  Each intern will be responsible to getting to and from their orientation training.  After the weeklong orientation, Union Summer will cover the costs of transportation to their internship site.  Housing and local transportation costs will be provided by the host site.

Union Summer is a competitive internship and will have a limited number of available positions this year.  Please encourage all interested students to apply soon.
Interested students should complete the application and return it to  The application deadline is May 7, 2010.  For more information, students should contact us at 1.888.835.8557 or visit us at

Tags:  employers  get a job  internship  job search  organizing 

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Calling All Young Women!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Monday, March 15, 2010
For all you young women out there who have ever thought you might want to run for office, taking advantage of some Running Start's programs is a great way to learn more and explore the idea a bit further. Running Start educates and inspires young women to run for office and gives them the tools to help them become political leaders.

Running start has a variety of great programs that are worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more about politics and running for office: 

-Running Start's Path to Politics seminars are a great way to get some new info, meet some great women and hear from some smart women panelists. 2010's series discusses the importance of building coalitions when running for office. Check out their website to sign up for April's seminar: Taking Care of Business: Understanding the Business Community.

-The Running Start/Wal-Mart Star Fellowship Program might be right for you if you're finishing up college and would like to get some experience by interning on Capitol Hill for a semester for a female Representative or Senator. Housing is provided and each week offers a political seminar to learn the nuts and bolts of politics and the importance of running for elected office. The fall program starts in September and applications are due April 1st.

-Also, keep an eye out for the Young Women to Watch Awards coming up on Wednesday, May 12th.

For more information and updates check their website:

Tags:  career advice  career development  events  internship  networking  skills building 

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White House Internship Program

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hey everyone - I know many of you are still looking to get your foot in the door with the Administration. I just received the below press release about the White House Internship Program and the fact that now through March 22, they are accepting applications for the summer of 2009.

Good luck!


Subject: White House Internship Program
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 12:26:01 -0500

February 26, 2009

President Obama today launched the White House Internship Program for his administration and announced that applications are currently being accepted for the summer of 2009. Those selected to participate in the program will gain valuable job experience and an inside look at the life of White House staff while building leadership skills.

"This program will mentor and cultivate young leaders of today and tomorrow and I'm proud that they will have this opportunity to serve," said President Obama. "I look forward to working with those that are selected to participate and I want to commend all who apply for their desire to help through public service to forge a brighter future for our country."

In addition to normal office duties, interns will supplement their learning experience by attending a weekly lecture series hosted by senior White House staff, help at White House social events, and volunteer in community service projects.

The 2009 Summer Internship program runs from May 22 to August 14, and the submission deadline is March 22, 2009.

Those interested in applying to the White House Internship Program must be:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Eighteen years of age on or before the first day of the internship
  • Enrolled in a college or university (2-4 year institution) or must have graduated from college in the past two years

Interns will be placed in a departmental office for their internship. Below is a list of departments in the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President where interns could be placed.

  • White House Department of Scheduling and Advance
  • The Office of Cabinet Affairs
  • The White House Communications Department
  • The White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • The Office of the First Lady
  • The White House Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA)
  • The Office of Political Affairs
  • The Office of Management and Administration
  • The Office of White House Counsel
  • The Domestic Policy Council
  • The White House Office of Presidential Personnel
  • Office of the Vice President

More information on the White House Internship Program, including application instructions, can be found at:

THE WHITE HOUSE, February 26, 2009.

Tags:  internship  obama  white house 

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