Strategic Corporate Research Summer Course

Strategic Corporate Research Summer Course 2016
Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research

When: June 12-17, 2016
Where: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Course Overview

This course is for students who work or want to work in social change organizations that strive to make and keep corporations accountable, primarily labor unions but also including workers’ centers, environmental justice groups, and community-based organizations. It prepares students to engage corporations by teaching them, with hands-on techniques, how to research corporate ownership, finance, organization, and power. By the end of the course, participants will be prepared to begin and advance in careers in strategic research and strategic campaigns from having understood and researched corporate ownership structure, corporate finance, and the sources of corporate power. Learn more about the course.

Regular & Advanced Tracks

The course offers two tracks, regular and advanced.  The advanced track includes an additional research and writing assignment. Given the limited time available while students are here on campus, both regular and advanced students will be sent books and a course pack several weeks before the course takes place to give them an opportunity to complete all the reading before they arrive. In addition to reading assignments, short written exercises and class presentations are completed while the class is in session. Students taking the advanced track are required to conduct independent research and write a paper of twenty-five to thirty pages, summarizing comprehensive corporate research and analysis for a designated company. The final paper is due six weeks after course completion.  Any advanced-track students currently enrolled in a college or university who are interested in gaining credit for the course can work with the director to help set up independent study credit with their school.

Students interested in pursuing strategic corporate research positions within unions are strongly advised to take the advanced track, so that they will have the additional experience of researching an actual corporation and have a completed strategic research report to show prospective union employers. 

Job Placement Assistance

Program instructors are committed to assisting successful graduates of the program in finding strategic corporate research positions within the labor movement. In the first sixteen years of the program, more than 500 students have been placed in top research positions in the AFL-CIO, CTW, UNITE HERE, SEIU, USW, LIUNA, IBT, UFW, UFCW, AFT, AFSCME, ATU, NNU, NYSNA and other unions across the United States and around the world. The majority of those placed in research positions have taken the advanced track.