Unpaid WISP Opportunities 2015-2016

The opportunities are listed below in order by state (remote opportunites are under "Remote"). To search within this page, press Ctrl-F in your browser. Please note: Unpaid WISP opportunities will be selected via lottery on Friday, November 20. Those who registered for WISP will receive an email explaining how the lottery works. Please do NOT contact sponsors on your own; they are expecting to hear from WISP program staff and the student(s) who select their opportunity via the WISP lottery, and it is inappropriate to reach out to them directly. If you have questions, please contact ilrwisp@cornell.edu.

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Goshaba

We are a technology startup and develop in-house innovative recruiting tools. We use big data, cognitive science, gamification and breakthrough technology. On the candidate side, the application process is easy, fun and ensures that they get the job they want that matches their skills and personality. On the recruiter side, our tool ensures hassle-free and low risk recruiting. Using our cutting-edge selection technology, companies recruit the right person for the right job. We significantly decrease the risk of hiring failure.

Career field: HR Consulting
Location: Remote/work from home
On site or remote: Student must work remotely
Job opportunity: Your role will be to develop personality questionnaires for us. This entails reading a number of scientific articles in psychology and organizational behavior (we will help you with selecting the relevant papers) and extract the questionnaires from these papers. You will create a tally of all the questionnaires you find and evaluate, for each one, the pros and cons of using these questionnaires for recruiting. You will then select the best questionnaires and implement them with an online survey tool we will provide you.
Minimum qualifications: Computer literacy (MS Office, Google tools, excel skills) Ability to read and extract useful information from scientific papers Recruiting knowledge, particularly regarding the soft skills needed for success in specific jobs Understanding of statistics
Number of opportunities: 5
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Any dates are good 2 weeks minimum
Date constraints: Student should work 30-40 hours / week. I can easily talk on Skype or gchat every day or every 2 days depending on the need of the students. We'll probably need to talk more the first few days then less in the middle then more again towards the end. I am constantly online during the day so they can talk to me via chat anytime they need help, too - or send me emails to which I usually reply within 30 minutes. The best time for me to talk to students will be in the morning (EST) and I'll be onkine until 1pm EST. since we are usually 6 hours ahead. I will be travelling Dec 26th to Jan 2nd or 3rd, which means that I can either work with students before, after or before-and-after that week


MicroCapital

MicroCapital publishes information on microfinance, SME investing and other forms of impact investing monthly in the MicroCapital Monitor and daily at MicroCapital.org. Since 2005, we have been covering news, events, research summaries and a range of special features on the sector. As impact investing is an emerging industry with a legacy of charity, objective news with a business orientation is scarce. MicroCapital seeks to counter this scarcity by providing candid information with the goal of encouraging rational growth of the industry.

Career field: Labor / Social justice
Location: Remote/work from home
On site or remote: Student must work remotely
Job opportunity: Research microfinance institutions and publish text and data on them at http://www.microcapital.org/microfinanceuniverse/
Minimum qualifications: Standard computer skills; native English
Number of opportunities: 1
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Flexible dates. Longer commitments preferred.
Date constraints: None


Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange)

Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a not for profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains.

Career field: Labor / Social justice
Location: Remote/work from home
On site or remote: Student must work remotely
Job opportunity: Student will partake in a research project evaluating the public availability of several sustainability certifications. Project will evaluate the relative ease of which consumers and customers can validate the claim of certain labor, environmental, or health & safety standards.
Minimum qualifications: Understanding of internet research, ability to call organizations when further information is necessary. Since all of the work will be done remotely, one will need the ability to self-supervise and motivate to complete the project. Student will need access to the internet and the ability to make calls within the United States.
Number of opportunities: 2
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Students may begin work as soon as the project is assigned.


California

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is a national law center focused on providing comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention and the promotion of smart gun laws that save lives. As a nonprofit organization founded by attorneys, we remain dedicated to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence through educating the public, free of charge, on America’s gun laws and the solutions that will reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country.

Career field: Marketing
Location: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: Help execute our social media strategy by researching content and writing posts Assist in maintaining relationships with existing followers and building new ones Support in tracking and analyzing the success of email, website, and social media campaigns Assist in expanding press contacts through web research and outreach Help maintain our website, including our blog and photos Proof and edit our print publications, PDF factsheets, mailings, and email appeals Other duties as requested
Minimum qualifications: Excellent writing, verbal, and analytical skills Eagerness to leverage social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and more Superb organization and keen attention to detail Ability to work independently and meet deadlines Sense of humor Proficiency in Microsoft Office Interest in the issue of gun violence prevention Experience in HTML or Wordpress a plus, but we’ll train you on what you need to know
Number of opportunities: 3
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: 3 consecutive weeks in December and/or January.
Date constraints: Our offices are closed for Christmas and New Year's.


Connecticut

Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications Corporation, a communications company, provides regulated and unregulated voice, data, and video services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in the United States. The company offers residential services, such as fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-node broadband, video, and voice over Internet protocol products, as well as traditional copper-based broadband products; and commercial services, including Ethernet, dedicated Internet, multiprotocol label switching, time division multiplexing, data transport services, and optical transport services. It also provides Frontier Secure suite of products for computer security, cloud backup and sharing, identity protection, equipment insurance, and technical support; unified messaging services comprising call forwarding, conference calling, caller identification, voicemail, and call waiting services; long distance network services; and packages of communications services. In addition, the company offers switched access services that facilitate other carriers to use the company s facilities to originate and terminate their local and long distance voice traffic; satellite TV video services; a range of third-party communications equipment to small, medium, and enterprise business customers; and directories.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Norwalk, CT
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: Responsibilities will vary depending on time period selected but could include preparing for union contract negotiations, shadowing and assisting Human Resources Manager on day-to-day tasks, research on effectiveness of current employer programs, researching new hire orientation best practices, etc.
Minimum qualifications: Candidates should be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel and be eager to learn. Must have reliable transportation to the Norwalk, CT office.
Number of opportunities: 2
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: They may start in December and finish in January. Does not have to be consecutive time, but would like at least two weeks of advance notice of schedule in order to make it a meaningful experience for student. Need to complete experience by the end of January.
Date constraints: The days in between Christmas and New Years will be slow.


Illinois

NLRB - Region 13 Chicago Federal government agency enforcing the National Labor Relations Act

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.

Career field: Government
Location: Chicago, IL
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: Student will learn about the two primary components of the NLRB attorney position: investigating unfair labor practices and election matters. Student will observe affidavits, elections, and trials if any are scheduled. Student will prepare a mock report on a real-life closed case and make a presentation to management as to whether the NLRA was violated.
Minimum qualifications: Labor Law. Office can be reached by train or bus.
Number of opportunities: 1
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: January 4 through the 22nd


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

This WISP is with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation through a broad range of activities, including academics, research, conferences, competitions, and global and community outreach. The Polsky Center is the foremost resource for University of Chicago students and alumni as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and private equity careers. Notable alumni companies from the Polsky Center include GrubHub and Braintree. https://research.chicagobooth.edu/polsky/

Career field: Other
Location: Chicago, IL
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: The student(s) will work with a variety of programs related to entrepreneurship, venture capitalism, private equity, and strategic marketing. These programs include student competitions, global conferences, and data analytics projects. Specific responsibilities include reviewing start-up portfolio companies, updating competition materials, basic website maintenance, event planning, and program application support.
Minimum qualifications: --Fluent in various computer programs (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google suite, Outlook) --Ideally has basic graphic design skills (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)--not required --Basic fluency in Qualtrics and Eventbrite --Basic underst
Number of opportunities: 2
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: No specific date preference. Student must commit to a minimum of 2 weeks (10 business days). These days do not need to be competitive and student does not need to commit to full 8 hours day.
Date constraints: Student cannot work on December 24th, 25th, 31st, or January 1st.


Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations/Commonwealth Employment Relations Board

The Department of Labor Relations (DLR) is the state equivalent of the NLRB. It administers and enforces Massachusetts’ collective bargaining laws. The Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB) is the body within the DLR responsible for adjudicatory matters. The DLR employs attorneys, mediators and arbitrators. The attorneys investigate charges of prohibited practice, representation matters and conduct hearings. The arbitrators hear both interest and grievance arbitrations. The mediators mediate prohibited practice charges, labor contracts and grievances. The CERB decides appeals of hearing officer decisions and dismissals and determines appropriate bargaining units in representation and unit clarification matters. The Chief Counsel to the Board reviews all work-product and litigates appeals of CERB decisions to the state Appeals Court.

Career field: Other
Location: Boston, MA
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: Assisting CERB in analyzing appeals of dismissals of charges; Assisting investigators and hearing officers in drafting and compiling facts of cases; drafting follow-up dismissal letters or complaints. The WISP may also be given legal research assignments. There will be multiple opportunities to observe in-person investigations, mediations, hearings and arbitrations.
Minimum qualifications: Coursework: Students must have taken and received a passing grade in Labor law and Collective Bargaining and have experience researching and writing legal memoranda. The DLR will not accept any student who does not meet these requirements. Coursework in public sector collective bargaining, employment law, and labor arbitration strongly preferred. Other requirements: Excellent writing skills.
Number of opportunities: 1
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Flexible


New Jersey

KPMG LLP

KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm, operates from 87 offices with more than 23,000 employees and partners throughout the U.S. Our purpose is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients, our people, and the capital markets. KPMG follows an Employer of Choice culture and is ranked in Fortune's and Working Mother's top 100 companies to work for in the US.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Montvale, NJ
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: Analyze and provide recommendations for Employer of Choice initiatives based on Work Environment Surveys. Tailored informational interviews with various HR departments based on student's interest. Learn about HR Technology and Standard Operating Procedures that support and streamline HR operations.
Minimum qualifications: Request basic Excel and Word knowledge. PowerPoint is a plus. Montvale can be accessed via public transportation from NYC. Otherwise, personal transportation is recommended.
Number of opportunities: 1
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Jan 4th to 15th
Date constraints: timeframe is flexible


New York

Sanders & Sanders

At Sanders & Sanders, our practice is exclusively labor and employment law. We maintain this focus to give our clients excellent service and deep, knowledgeable advice on employment law issues.

Career field: Law
Location: Buffalo, NY
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: Preparation of documents for upcoming trial
Minimum qualifications: Ability to use Word. Public transportation is available, but personal transportation to office would likely be better. We will provide transportation to court, etc. during the day as needed.
Number of opportunities: 1
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Dates flexible, two week commitment, student need not work consecutive days.
Date constraints: No constraints


Yorango, Inc.

Yorango is an angel-backed startup company simplifying rental by building online tools. To date, we've helped over 4,300 student renters at Cornell find or sublet a place. We are currently preparing to release a software as a service that will digitize many aspects of rental, including rent payment, lease signing and maintenance requests and tracking.

Career field: Other
Location: Flexible, NY
On site or remote: Student may work on site or remotely
Job opportunity: The WISP student(s) will assist in the launch of a new software market. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) research, developing and executing marketing strategies, client service work and product evaluation.
Minimum qualifications: The only qualifications are a bias to action and a desire to learn new things quickly. Public speaking and presentation skills should be polished. No unique computer skills are necessary, although familiarity with online analytics (e.g. Facebook Insights, Adobe Omniture, Google Analytics) may be helpful, as are Excel and Adobe Creative Suite skills. However, these are not required by any means. We can accommodate remote work, and as such, transportation is not necessary. Students should have an interest in one or more of the following: entrepreneurship/venture capital, product management, sales/marketing/communications/PR, consulting.
Number of opportunities: 3
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: 2 weeks minimum commitment. Students should have 2-3 consecutive days to start the experience, but after on-boarding, consecutive days are unnecessary.
Date constraints: N/a


Credit Suisse - Talent, Branding and Centers of Excellence Division

The Talent, Branding and Centers of Excellence Division comprises Human Resources, Branding and Corporate Marketing, and our Centers of Excellence. Human Resources strives to attract, retain and develop employees, while also creating a stimulating working environment for all employees. Branding works closely with the business to manage our brand as a common touchstone, a differentiator in a competitive market and a powerful motivator of behavior and our promise to clients. The Centers of Excellence program sets and implements the bank’s offshoring/outsourcing strategy, works with the divisions to plan and execute deployments in a controlled and compliant way, and provides high-quality, cost-effective services out of the bank’s four captive CoEs.

Career field: Human resources
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: Credit Suisse's Talent, Branding and Centers of Excellence Division offers a one day shadowing opportunity for an interested sophomore ILR student.
Minimum qualifications: The WISP opportunity is a one-day unpaid experience. Travel arrangements to New York City will be up to the individual.
Number of opportunities: 3
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: This is a one-day shadowing opportunity that will take place in January before students must return to Cornell. The three WISP students don’t necessarily have to come in on the same day. Each candidate can be connected to me and I will schedule times for them. Not necessarily on the same day.


HULEDET

HULEDET (www.HULEDET.com) celebrates birthdays with free gifts from local and national companies!

Career field: Marketing
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: We expect all of our interns to do real work that has an impact in our company. The WISP intern(s) will evaluate our social media strategies, develop some new strategies, and implement those strategies. We expect to be able to see quantifiable results that will help us and the intern evaluate the success of the strategy.
Minimum qualifications: Anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit may apply. Understanding and use of social media are a plus. Professionalism and desire to be here and learn are required.
Number of opportunities: 2
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Anytime during winter break


The Worker Institute

The Worker Institute at Cornell engages in research and education on contemporary labor issues, to generate innovative thinking and solutions to problems related to work, economy and society. The new Institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to confront growing economic and social inequalities, in the interests of working people and their families. A core value of the Worker Institute is that collective representation and workers' rights are vital to a fair economy, robust democracy and just society.

Career field: Entertainment / Sports management
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: Once again the Worker Institute will host students on WISP to tour worksites for 3 days. The first afternoon will be a tour of the ILR Extension office in NYC and that evening the Alumni Association is having a reception for students. The next two days we will have one tour in the morning and one in the afternoon. In the past few years we have been touring worksites in the Arts and Entertainment Industry including attending a taping of the Daily Show. We will not know which tours we will offer until later in the year. Students can attend any combination of tours
Minimum qualifications: Anyone interested
Number of opportunities: 10
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: January 11 – 13, 2016
Date constraints: Timeframe is not flexible


Carrier

Carrier is the world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. We have of a history of more than 100 years of proven innovation. We solve problems on a global level, and our innovations drive new industries. It is why our products and services are trusted in every corner of the world – and why you can feel good about trusting us in your corner of it.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Syracuse, NY
On site or remote: Student must work on site
Job opportunity: Student will have the opportunity to job shadow aseveral Human Resources Managers. They will observe human resources ever-changing day-to-day tasks and receive a tour of the campus. Their experience may include sitting in on staffing activities, annual compensation and performance management processes, labor relations activities, and direct interaction with employees and management.
Minimum qualifications: Student will be job shadowing several HR Managers on the Syracuse Carrier campus to get a first-hand look at what they have learned in the classroom and will not be performing project work during their experience. This experience is not a "job" and is to the sole benefit of the student. The student will not be entitled to wages for the time spent at Carrier. The student will be expected to follow all of Carrier's Policies and Procedures. The student must be currently enrolled in and a full-time student in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Must have reliable transportation.
Number of opportunities: 1
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: One week opportunity per student either the week of January 3, 2016 or Jan 10, 2016.
Date constraints: Time frame is not flexible


Ohio

National Labor Relations Board, Cleveland Regional Office

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.

Career field: Government
Location: Cleveland, OH
On site or remote: Student may work on site or remotely
Job opportunity: Interns will shadow Field Attorneys and Field Examiners in the Cleveland Regional Office and will be involved in the investigation of unfair labor practice (ULP) cases. Duties may include legal research and writing, assisting professional staff with gathering investigatory evidence, and making recommendations on the merits and remedies in ULP cases. Interns may have the opportunity to observe a representation and/or unfair labor practice hearing(s) held in the Cleveland office, as well as the opportunity to observe representation elections conducted in the field.
Minimum qualifications: This internship is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in law, labor relations and/or government service. Internship candidates must have taken ILRLR 2010/5010: Labor & Employment Law. Personal transportation, as well as housing in Northeast Ohio is required. The Cleveland office is accessible by public transportation including bus and light rail service.
Number of opportunities: 1
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: January 4 - January 22
Date constraints: Dates and times within this period are flexible and may be subject to the needs of the mentoring attorney.