Unpaid WISP Opportunities

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Cornell University Office of Workforce Recruitment & Retention - FILLED

Located within the Division of Human Resources of Cornell University, the Office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention provides services, programs, and expertise to support various points of the employee's life cycle. We lead the hiring, acclimation, and exit process of highly talented staff across the university.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Remote/work from home
On site or remote: Students must work remotely
Job opportunity: Develop an inclusive resource guide for diverse hires who have relocated to the Ithaca area. A guide that would provide information to support their successful transition to the local area. The guide will inform new hires with local information on housing options, religious communities, personal services, community connections, and other pertinent information to improve their quality of life and enhance staff retention.
Minimum qualifications: This would be an ideal project for a student interested in diversity retention, work/life, and new hire onboarding. Efficient Internet Research skills. Proficient with MS Office. Ability to design a visually appealing and informative document. Excellent writing and summarizing ability. Someone resourceful and creative.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: January 7, 2019 - January 19, 2019


MicroCapital - FILLED

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. Experience with WordPress is helpful, but not necessary.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Flexible.


Algoma Central Corporation

Owner and operator of over 30 large bulk cargo vessels and tankers operating on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

Career field: Human resources
Location: St. Catharines
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: To be determined. Inquire.
Minimum qualifications: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or legal residents.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: To be determined. Inquire.


California

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

For 25 years, the legal experts at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence have been fighting for a safer America by researching, drafting, and defending the laws, policies, and programs proven to reduce shootings. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, our mission is simple: save lives from gun violence.

Career field: Nonprofit
Location: San Francisco, CA
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: The Communications intern assists with the production of Giffords Law Center’s many communications, including email campaigns, reports, factsheets, and our website, giffordslawcenter.org. This internship is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning about communications strategy at a policy-driven organization, all while making invaluable contributions to our mission to save lives from gun violence. As our intern, you’ll work closely with our editorial manager, gaining invaluable exposure to advocacy, branding and communications, politics, and the law. Responsibilities include: tracking and reporting on website traffic, assisting with SEO strategy and file organization, and helping proof and edit reports, factsheets, and email appeals.
Minimum qualifications: Exceptional attention to detail, strong writing and editing skills, the ability to work independently and meet deadlines, superb organization, keen attention to detail, and a willingness to grow and learn new skills.
Number of opportunities: 3 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: December 17 - January 19.
Date constraints: The office will be closed on December 24 and 25, and I'll be out of the office December 24–28. The students would not be expected to work that week.


Illinois

NLRB- Region 13 Chicago - FILLED

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.


Michigan

Michigan State University - FILLED

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: Research project related to my research on accommodations for employees with disabilities OR employment of returning citizens (with a criminal record)
Minimum qualifications: Experience using Excel and Word; completion of employment law course would be helpful
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Start Jan. 3 or later


New Jersey

KPMG LLP - FILLED

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

Columbus McKinnon Corporation - FILLED

We design and make material handling products and solutions, but the most important part of our business is our people. We have been a hard working company for over 140 years – proud of our heritage, where we come from, and where we’re going. We are publicly traded and expanding globally – to new markets, geographies, and distribution channels. Columbus McKinnon's key products include hoists, cranes, actuators, chain and forged attachments. We offer a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by our superior product design and engineering expertise. Our world headquarters is located in the Buffalo-Niagara region in Getzville, New York, and we have many amazing locations around the world.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Buffalo, 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: Supporting the Talent Acquisition team with projects around creating an Employment Value Proposition - for example, may include developing recruiting materials and interview guides. Participating in launching the Global Recognition program which will take place in early January.
Minimum qualifications: Computer skills - student would bring own personal laptop ideally Professional attitude - this is a Corporate headquarters so business casual dress code and general professionalism required Transportation - we are in the suburbs and while there is a bus line that runs by the office, it is more easily accessible if they have their own car or ride. Free parking. Hours - very flexible start/end time and work days within normal business hour parameters Monday-Friday Other - someone who can work relatively independently. The HR Director and HR team will give an orientation to the company and the project, and check in regularly as needed but this person will be given a project(s) and will be expected to self-direct day to day work .
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Anytime during the Winter Break.
Date constraints: Our office is closed 12/24-12/25 and 12/31-1/1 but otherwise we can be flexible on days worked.


Alternatives Federal Credit Union - FILLED

We are a certified Community Development Financial Institution Our mission is "To build wealth and create economic opportunity for underserved people and communities." We offer a full range of financial products plus programs and services to help people move towards asset ownership.

Career field: Labor / Social justice
Location: Ithaca, 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: The primary responsibility is to help determine the cost of living in Tompkins County and to update the numbers for our bi-annual Living Wage Survey including the cost of housing, transportation, food and other necessities, as well as a modest allowance for recreation and saving. See https://www.alternatives.org/social-responsibility/impacting-our-community/living-wage-study.html for more information. This is an important study. It is utilized by businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations throughout Tompkins County.
Minimum qualifications: Excellent writing skills and good comprehension of spoken English; Microsoft Office skills particularly Word and Excel; excellent organizational skills; attention to detail, good research skills including willingness to make phone calls. The research can be conducted anywhere the student is able to access the internet. Only two or three in-person meetings with the project coordinator are required. Alternatives FCU is on Fulton Street, across from the Greyhound bus terminal between State St. and Seneca St. Local bus route 14 stops nearby. We are located 2.2 miles from the ILR School, and 0.7 miles from the Green St. bus stop near the Tompkins County Public Library.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Starting once the Winter break begins, ending by January 31.
Date constraints: Holiday related time off the week of December 21 through 28. We are closed for federal holidays (December 25, January 1, January 21).


Work/Life, Human Resources, Cornell University - FILLED

The Work/Life department in Human Resources at Cornell University is responsible for providing faculty, staff, retirees, and graduate student with dependent care needs programs/services to help them navigate work and life. Common work/life issues relate to parenting, elder care, adult care, supporting those with disabilities, challenges with self-care, etc. Work/Life is also responsible for the Flexibility In the Workplace Policy at Cornell and all efforts related to the successful integration of flexible work practices at Cornell. Properly managed and leveraged workplace flexibility supports Cornell's recruitment, engagement, productivity, retention, and sustainability goals and makes Cornell an employer of choice that is work/life friendly.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Ithaca, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Work/Life in Human Resources trains supervisors and employees on best practices and resources available related to the support and integration of flexible work arrangements (virtual work, compressed work, job share, etc). The intern(s), working directly with the Associate Director for Work/Life, will design a Workplace Flexibility Training Series to be offered from May 2019-May 2020. The intern(s) will 1) spend a short amount of time reviewing similar training curriculum at peer institutions, 2) review existing Cornell policy and training materials, 3) determine topics, understanding that learning will snowball, 4) establish learning goals and write a one-page outlined summary for each program, 5) design training exercises to be used in each program, and 6) recommend an overall series title/curriculum description. Depending upon the unique skills of the intern(s), some graphic design and PowerPoint template/design work may be assigned. While the internship will be concluded, the intern(s) will be invited to return for the presentations/series and present components or lead activities, if desired. This is not an expectation, however.
Minimum qualifications: Required: Basic PowerPoint, highly organized/self-motivated, ability to envision, design, and map out presentations/training (as pieces to an overall curriculum). Desired: Advanced PowerPoint, basic to moderate graphic design, knowledge related to workplace flexibility, knowledge of technical tools that can be leveraged to integrate virtual work (e.g. Zoom). Transportation: Location is accessible by public transportation and parking is available.
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Flexible with the end of the Fall semester and beginning of the Winter semester.
Date constraints: This internship can be a blend of in office/virtual work. In-office time of at least two days per week will be needed to meaningfully participate in various meetings/discussions. While the university will be officially closed during the Christmas holiday break, the intern may work remotely during that time if desired (this is not expected, however).


Shaker Junior High School - FILLED

Shaker Junior High School is a two-time US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award-winning school. Currently, it houses 7th and 8th grade in 4 halls, or small schools within a school.

Career field: Education
Location: Latham, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Interns will observe and assist in the instruction of 7th grade social studies, which is United States History and Government. They will also observe the inner workings of education, including block meetings, parent conferences, professional development, and extracurricular activities, such as Law Day and student council. In addition, interns will work to develop a lesson plan in the unit being covered and will execute the lesson plan when it is ready.
Minimum qualifications: Knowledge of and access to the Google suite (docs, sheets, slides, and forms) Basic knowledge of United States history Flexibility and willingness to work with teenagers Transportation to the school in Latham, NY
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Any days that school is in session.


David M. Ehrlich & Associates - FILLED

Entertainment and Media Law Practice.

Career field: Law
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: The role will expose an interested participant to the day-to-day operations of entertainment attorneys and various aspects of the entertainment industry which includes reviewing agreements, observing meetings with clients regarding potential projects, and helping to prepare materials for potential collaboration with clients.
Minimum qualifications: Experience using Microsoft Office Location is accessible by public transportation -- we are located a block away from Penn Station as well as nearby the Port Authority and Grand Central Terminal
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: December 11-13, 17-18, 2018 & January 8-10 & 15-17, 2019


HULEDET LLC

HULEDET celebrates birthdays. People opt-in and, around their birthday, we email them perks to local and national companies.

Career field: Marketing
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: WISP projects will focus on user acquisition.
Minimum qualifications: We are based in Manhattan. You must be able to commute to our office on 34th and 5th.
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Winter break


International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) - FILLED

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: Law
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: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: December 2018 - January 2019
Date constraints: We are closed on Christmas and New Years.


Mount Sinai Health System - FILLED

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: assist with minor projects, observe the workings of the office
Minimum qualifications: interest in labor relations
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Arrangements should be made in early December. We can host at three sites: Mount Sinai West, St. Luke's and Beth Israel.
Date constraints: cannot be between xmas and new year


PwC - FILLED

Consulting firm

Career field: Management consulting
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: Same as above - as they relate to my current client engagement at the time, or an internal firm development initiative
Minimum qualifications: Public transportation in NYC, self- transport in North Carolina Need to know how to use Excel/PPT/Word and critical thinking/analytical skills
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Not December 21 to New Year's
Date constraints: Not December 21 to New Year's


Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Black Butter Records, BPG Music, Bystorm Entertainment, Century Media, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Descendant Records, Disruptor Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Essential Worship, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, House of Iona Records, Insanity Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Masterworks Broadway, Ministry of Sound Recordings, Monument Records, OKeh, Polo Grounds Music, Portrait, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Relentless Records, Reunion Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music and Verity Records. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

Career field: Human resources
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Recruiting and other projects as needed
Minimum qualifications: Microsoft Office. Strong organization skills, good phone presentation/communications, scheduling, Outlook skills.
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Weeks of 12/3, 12/10 and 12/17


Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor - FILLED

The Waterfront Commission is a bi-state agency that combats criminal influence and ensures fair hiring practices on the ports of New York and New Jersey. The Commission conducts investigations and administrative hearings to remove the licenses of port workers who violate waterfront labor laws by associating with organized crime, committing theft or fraud, or participating in discriminatory hiring practices.

Career field: Law
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Students will shadow attorneys, observe and receive training to conduct depositions, and support administrative hearings to deny or revoke the registrations of port workers who associate with organized crime, commit theft, distribute drugs, or otherwise violate the Waterfront Commission Act.
Minimum qualifications: Students must be able to travel to and work at the Waterfront Commission's office at 39 Broadway, in lower Manhattan. The location is accessible by subway. Students must be interested in attending law school. Students should have a specific interest in criminal, labor, employment, or administrative law.
Number of opportunities: 4 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Any 15 days in December 17 - January 18
Date constraints: The following dates will not be available for the WISP opportunity: December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.


Pennsylvania

Better Business Bureau - FILLED

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: Nonprofit
Location: Philadelphia, PA
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Investigate companies' business practices, observe arbitrations when they arise, identify and explain government actions in business reviews for consuming public
Minimum qualifications: Ability to work in a database. Flexibility with ever changing needs of organization. Public transit is easily accessible and the BBB will pay for your pass.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: 12/24/18-1/14/19


Morgan Lewis

With 22 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia, Morgan Lewis provides comprehensive transactional, litigation, labor and employment, regulatory, and intellectual property legal services to clients of all sizes from global Fortune 100 companies to

Career field: Law
Location: Philadelphia, PA
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: The students will be asked to work close with their assigned associate mentors on research projects over the course of their two weeks here. They will also be asked to draft a legal memo on an assigned "hot topic" in labor law which they will present to a partner within our labor and employment group at the end of their two weeks. Ideally, we would like to have a student in our DC office, a student in our Philadelphia office, and a student in our New York office.
Minimum qualifications: Students will need to be proficient in Microsoft word and excel. Students will need to provide housing and transportation for themselves. We will hold a 1 day orientation for all students on the first day of the program (January 7) in our Philadelphia office that all students must attend in person. We will make travel arrangements for the students to get to and from orientation as we have in the past.
Number of opportunities: 3 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: January 7, 2019 - January 18, 2019
Date constraints: No conflicts or constraints.