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Credit Internship Program

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International Labour Organization

The sponsoring organization is the well known International Labour Organization (ILO), which had won the noble peace prize in 1969 for its efforts in promoting social justice through international labour standards. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which spelled out the ILO Constitution in its Part XIII. The humanitarian, political and economic motivations that resulted in the establishment of the ILO are reflected in the Preambular provisions of the ILO Constitution which states in turn that: conditions of labour exist involving … injustice, hardship and privation to large numbers of people; that injustice produces "unrest so great that the peace and harmony of the world are imperilled." and that "the failure of any nation to adopt humane conditions of labour is an obstacle in the way of other nations which desire to improve the conditions in their own countries." Interestingly in 1934, the United States, which did not belong to the League of Nations, became a Member of the ILO and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.

For nearly 10 years, the ILO has been offering a wide range of internship opportunities to ILR juniors and seniors.  ILR students have interned in all five sectors of the ILO and in nearly a dozen different offices, department and programs.  ILR credit interns have also had outstanding opportunities in ILO field offices in Beijing, China and Nairobi, Kenya.  Internships at the ILO provide ILR students an unparalleled exposure to issues of work and workplace relations around the world.