ILR Credit Internship Program

ILR Credit Internship Program

The ILR Credit Intern Experience

The ILR Credit Internship Program affords qualified ILR juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to gain significant professional experience while also receiving a full semester’s credit. Approved students are eligible to undertake internships in a wide-range of organizations from trade unions and large corporations, to government agencies, labor & employment law firms, and non-profits. In operation for nearly forty years, the ILR Credit Internship Program is widely recognized in the United States as the most successful of its type. The program was created by the faculty of the ILR School to afford our advanced undergraduates, juniors and seniors, opportunities to enhance their understanding of the field of industrial and labor relations by working for a semester (approximately 14 weeks), in one of the professional careers it encompasses. Students intern across the U.S. and around the world. View student profiles for more information.


Spring 2017 Calendar of Events

  • Wednesday, February 1stStudent Internship Information Meeting — 4:30pm, 215 Ives Hall

  • Friday, February 3rd  Resumaniacs: Walk in Resume Critiques, ILR Career Services. Drop by for on the spot resume reviews by Career Services professionals and peer advisors. 1:30-4:30pm, 201 Ives Hall.

  • Monday, February 6th– ILR Interview Preparation, ILR Career Services, 4:30pm, 217 Ives Hall

  • Thursday, February 2-Friday, February 17th – Arrange to meet with Brigid Beachler to discuss questions, plans, etc. Sign-up sheet located on bulletin board outside of 119 Ives Hall.

  • Wednesday, February 24thWalt Disney Info Session: Representatives from Walt Disney World will be on campus to provide detailed information on interning at Walt Disney - 5pm, 116 Ives Hall.

  • Thursday/Friday, February 25 & 26th— Walt Disney Interviews: Please see Brigid Beachler or Miguelina Tabar to sign up for an interview slot.  All interviews will be held in 199 Ives Hall.  Please note: Disney's accelerated timeline will require that you submit your Credit Internship Application by Wednesday, February 17th.

  • Friday, February 24th — Deadline for submission of Internship Applications for Fall 2017. Note: Some internships, because of sponsor requirements or scheduled interviews, may have a different deadline. Check bulletin board announcements posted outside of 119 Ives Hall.

  • Monday, February 27th-Friday, March 3rd — Students make site selections and file requests by emailing a list of at least 5 sites they are interested in applying for with Managing Director, Brigid Beachler. Please email Brigid Beachler at by Friday, March 3rd.  Students can review sponsor lists on computers in 119 Ives Hall or online via Sharepoint.  All revised applications, cover letters and supplemental materials must also be submitted at this time.

  • Monday, March 6th— Applications of students who have been approved will be forwarded to internship site sponsors with a request that they notify us within six weeks regarding their selections of students for available assignments.

  • Wednesday, March 8thOrientation for admitted students - 4:30pm, 116 Ives Hall.  We will discuss the recruitment and interview process, professional etiquette and programmatic questions.  

  • Wednesday, March 22nd — Intern Mix & Mingle: Join former ILR Credit Interns for pizza & wings to discuss the details of the internship program.  Ask questions, get advice on specific internships, and hear more about the experiences of former students- 5pm, 116 Ives Hall.

  • Thursday, March 23rd Annual Social Justice Career Fair: The Social Justice Career Fair brings representatives from labor unions and other advocacy organizations to campus each spring.  The Fair is held in conjunction with the ILR School's celebration of Union Days, 2nd FL Lobbies, 1-4pm, Ives Hall

  • Friday, May 12th — Mandatory Orientation Session for Fall 2017 interns - 1pm, 116 Ives Hall.  Lunch will be provided.

  • The schedule established requires that students interested in internships for Fall 2017 submit applications and make choices about internship sites of interest to them early in the semester. This process will leave the last half of the semester to complete the student-site matching process and the interviews and visits often necessary to final decisions regarding placements.

  • Students who apply on schedule and select five sites will still be eligible to apply for any new internships offered after March 3rd provided they have not already accepted an existing intern position. Announcements of new internship opportunities will be posted on the Internship Bulletin Board outside of 119 Ives Hall and on the Credit Internship Facebook website.

Library Resources

The Catherwood Library has put together several new options for library access for off-campus ILR credit interns. More information can be found here.

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