Unpaid WISP Opportunities

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Updated 10/11/2017

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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. One the candidate side, the application process is easy, fun and insures that they get the job they want and 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 they 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: Students must work remotely
Job opportunity: Your role will be to define the Skills, Knowledge and Aptitudes necessary for a selection of jobs. We will ask you to read as much material as you can find on these jobs and summarize and filter what are the most important SKA for each. We will also ask you to think about the best ways to measure and assess these SKA. You may also be asked to develop evaluation questionnaires. 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 then select the best questionnaires and implement them with an online survey tool we will provide to you.
Minimum qualifications: We are in France so we will interaction through WhattsApp or Gchat. 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: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: we won't work around Christmas time and around New Year


MicroCapital

Provider of news on microfinance and other forms of impact investing

Career field: Financial services
Location: Remote/work from home
On site or remote: Students must work remotely
Job opportunity: Research on microfinance and/or technical support for microcapital.org
Minimum qualifications: Native-level English. Excellent writing skills.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Flexible


Illinois

NLRB - Region 13 Chicago

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: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
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 (highly encouraged). Office can be reached by train or bus.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: December 18th - December 29th.


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 litigates appeals of CERB decisions to the state Appeals Court.

Career field: Quasi-Judicial
Location: Boston, MA
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Assisting CERB in analyzing appeals of dismissals of charges and decisions; 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. The WISP student will also do broad data analysis.
Minimum qualifications: Coursework: Students must have taken and received a grade of B or above in Labor and Employment Law and Labor Relations and have experience researching and writing legal memoranda. The DLR will not accept any student who does not meet these requirements. Other requirements: Excellent writing and research skills.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Flexible.


Michigan

Michigan State University

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations offering both undergraduate and masters level courses in that area.

Career field: Law
Location: East Lansing, MI
On site or remote: Students can work on site if they have housing nearby, but otherwise this can be a remote-only opportunity
Job opportunity: Assist in research project focused on barriers to employment for people with disabilities, ex-offenders, veterans, or homeless individuals.
Minimum qualifications: Some research experience would be helpful, and legal research experience and/or course work would be preferred.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Jan. 3-20
Date constraints: Sponsor would have limited availability (only via email) from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2.


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: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
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. Over a two-week period – 3 visits to the office and some prep work that can be done from home; the days do not need to be consecutive. Day One: Meet my team, lunch with the group, overview of the project – analyzing results and comments from our Employee Engagement Survey Second Visit: Along with the FEX intern, meet with various HR leaders Third Visit: Present a PowerPoint to my team and other HR leaders on the results of their review of our Employee Engagement Survey
Minimum qualifications: 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 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Jan 3rd to Jan 18th.


New York

Greene County

A local government entity in upstate New York, Greene County is a short drive to New York State’s Capital District and, with the New York State Thruway running through the eastern edge of the county, is only two hours north of New York City.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Catskill, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: The purpose of this opportunity is to provide the student with a productive learning experience within Greene County Human Resources. Tasks may be primarily related to employee benefits administration, although it is expected the student will be exposed to the employee and labor relations function, as well. Greene County has seven bargaining units, half of which are currently in contract negotiations. We will try and be as flexible as possible in providing experiences that are directly related to the specific needs and interests of the student. It would be helpful to have a discussion about the expectations of the student ahead of time in order for this to happen.
Minimum qualifications: Candidates should be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and have an interest in gaining experience in a local government setting. Please note, our job site is not accessible by public transportation.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: January 3 - January 23, 2018


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. We have lectured and written extensively on the topic.

Career field: Law
Location: Cheektowaga, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
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 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Dates flexible, two week commitment, student need not work consecutive days.


Work/Life in Human Resources, Cornell University

The Work/Life team is responsible for providing programs, services, and guidance to Cornell employees and students with families in the areas of: parenting/child care, elder/adult care, lactation accommodations, workplace flexibility, domestic violence, adoption, preparing for retirement, staying engaged as a retiree, and many others.

Career field: Human resources
Location: ITHACA, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Cornell will celebrate National Work & Family Month in October 2018. The intern will be responsible for researching best practices for recognizing this month, what other employers have done, and issue a report of recommended events, activities, programs, and a communication strategy for Cornell HR. With the Work/Life Consultant, the intern will interview subject matter experts of the Cornell Child Care Grant Program and Adoption Assistance Program to learn about the management of these programs (including pain points/challenges). The intern will also interview 1-4 recipients of each program to learn about their experiences. The intern will synthesize this information in a report of recommendations for Work/Life to consider as it reviews both programs. Depending on the interests of the applicant and the duration of time available, the intern will assess the status of current lactation rooms across campus to identify areas of improvement (continuation of the work initially conducted by a previous WISP student in 2016-2017). Please note - internship work conducted in these areas is used to improve programs and services that Cornell employees have direct access to. This opportunity will give you exposure to the field of work/life in HR and opportunities to shadow and network will be integrated as much as time permits.
Minimum qualifications: - No transportation requirements, though usage of TCAT may be necessary - Microsoft Word - Comfort interviewing subject matter experts and users of programs to understand their experience - Ability to synthesize information collected through bench mar
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Two week duration: January 8-12 & January 15-19. Willing to consider a three week internship with dates beginning in December.
Date constraints: December 4-8 December 25-January 3


International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute)

The CPR Institute is an independent nonprofit that promotes innovation in commercial dispute prevention and resolution. By harnessing the collective expertise of leading legal minds and benchmarking best practices, it is the ADR resource of choice for multinational corporations with billions of dollars at risk. CPR is also a leading online destination for lawyers seeking superior arbitrators and mediators and practical ADR resources and solutions.

Career field: Third-party / Arbitration
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Interns participate in a breadth of CPR’s organizing, outreach, and administrative activities, exposing them to the day-to-day operations and skills necessary to run a cutting-edge non-profit in the legal sector. CPR's work varies--no intern will have the same experience. Typically, Winter interns take on event-organizing duties in preparation for CPR’s Annual Meeting. They may also develop content for CPR’s website and social networking profiles, engage in background research, perform database clean-up, conduct routine correspondence with members, among other organizational tasks.
Minimum qualifications: Applicants should have strong academic credentials and extra-curricular experience as a volunteer or intern in a non-profit environment. A diligent work ethic and attention to detail are a must. Ideally, candidates will demonstrate an interest in politics, law, conflict resolution, or alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Due to the international scope of the CPR organization, candidates from diverse backgrounds and with proficiency in multiple languages are preferred. Interns will report to CPR’s office in midtown Manhattan, accessible by NYC public transportation.
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: December-January 2017
Date constraints: Closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day


Outten & Golden LLP

We are a plaintiff-side civil-rights law firm that limits our represenation to employees in employment matters. The firm is comprised of approximately 33 attorneys with offices in New York and Stamford, CT.

Career field: Financial services
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students can work on site if they have housing nearby, but otherwise this can be a remote-only opportunity
Job opportunity: Assisting Finance department with billing and other tasks.
Minimum qualifications: Location is accessible by public transportation, should be proficient in Excel and possibly have prior billing experience but this is not a requirement.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: To be determined.


Pride Global

Pride Global is a minority-owned integrated human capital solutions and advisory firm. We offer services such as executive search and staffing, contingent workforce advisory, recruitment process outsourcing, business process optimization, and regulatory compliance.

Career field: HR Consulting
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Russell Tobin (staffing division) projects will involve sourcing candidates for various open roles, as well as maintaining our applicant tracking system, Bullhorn. PrideOne projects will vary from assisting the payrolling team with following up non-submitted timesheets; migrating and/or updating information in various systems such as Salesforce, SharePoint and Bullhorn; prospecting potential clients for our outsourced HR services; and analysis of existing job titles and descriptions to make recommendations for more accurate and can be used for market benchmarks. Other projects may be added as needed.
Minimum qualifications: Minimum job qualifications: N/A Computer skills: MS Office (Strong Excel is particularly useful) Transportation needs: The location is accessible by public transportation.
Number of opportunities: 3 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Any days between Monday, December 18 2017 - Tuesday, January 23 2018.
Date constraints: N/A


Mount Sinai Health System

Encompassing the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and seven hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area, as well as a large, regional ambulatory footprint, Mount Sinai is internationally acclaimed for its excellence in research, patient care, and education across a range of specialties.

Career field: Labor relations (corporate)
Location: New York , NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Hospital Human Resources and Labor Relations Departments. Grievance procedure, management counseling, contract negotiation, arbitration
Minimum qualifications: accessible via subway
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: we are flexible


Organization of Staff Analysts

The Organization of Staff Analysts ("OSA") is a public sector labor union representing several thousand employees of the City of New York. OSA members are employed at most every New York City ("NYC") agency, including the NYC Transit Authority, the NYC Parks Department and the NYC Police Department. OSA members are highly qualified individuals that are vital to the City of New York. The Department of Sanitation’s meteorologist who determines which streets get plowed during a snowstorm, is an OSA member. The tech team that runs the public hospitals digital network infrastructure, are OSA members. OSA is a progressive and active labor union that diligently represents, organizes and negotiates on behalf of its membership.

Career field: Labor / Social justice
Location: New York City, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Depending on the organizational calendar, the WISP student may attend and participate at an arbitration, grievance hearing, labor management meeting, labor negotiation, deposition or administrative trial hearing, along with an attorney or grievance representative. The student will assist in research and preparation for these hearings, and may be offered the opportunity to advocate on behalf of union member's by offering an oral presentation or written submission. If no proceedings are scheduled during the student’s participation, the student will be assigned a legal research project and offered the opportunity to make a presentation at an internal meeting.
Minimum qualifications: We are seeking individuals interested in labor law, or otherwise considering a career in the labor movement. The students will work closely with our in-house labor attorneys.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: We are flexible with scheduling. Any dates work outside December 25-29, and major holidays.
Date constraints: Christmas, New Years and the week in-between are the only dates we are asking to avoid.


Pennsylvania

Better Business Bureau

We provide dispute resolution services for business and consumer disputes and we provide information about businesses and industries to the public. We also investigate poor marketplace conduct and seek correction of inappropriate business practices.

Career field: Law
Location: Philadelphia, PA
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Reviewing recent government lawsuits/.actions against businesses, writing up synopses of those actions and evaluating whether the nature of the conduct is continuing based on BBB complaints.. That would be the primary task. Interns would also, hopefully, be able to observe arbitration and or assist in mediation/conciliation efforts.
Minimum qualifications: Good communication skills and ability to work within a database. We will pay for a commuting pass if necessary.
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: After Jan 1.