ILR Credit Internship Program

ILR Credit Internship Program

The ILR Credit Intern Experience

The ILR Credit Internship Program affords qualified ILR juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to gain significant professional experience while also receiving a full semester’s credit. Approved students are eligible to undertake internships in a wide-range of organizations from trade unions and large corporations, to government agencies, labor & employment law firms, and non-profits. In operation for nearly forty years, the ILR Credit Internship Program is widely recognized in the United States as the most successful of its type. The program was created by the faculty of the ILR School more than 40 years ago to afford our advanced undergraduates, juniors and seniors, opportunities to enhance their understanding of the field of industrial and labor relations by working for a semester (approximately 14 weeks), in one of the professional careers it encompasses. Students intern across the U.S. and around the world. View student profiles for more information.


Fall 2017 Calendar of Events

We plan to follow the schedule and procedures listed below in handling applications for Spring 2018 internships.

  • Wednesday, August 30th — Student Internship Information Meeting 4:30pm, 217 Ives Hall

  • Monday, September 11th-Friday, September 22nd - Arrange to meet with Brigid Beachler to discuss questions, plans, etc. Sign-up sheets located on bulletin board outside of 119 Ives Hall.

  • Friday, September 29th - Deadline for submission of Internship Applications for Spring 2018.  Note:  Some internships, because of sponsor requirements or scheduled interviews, may have a different deadline.  Check bulletin board announcements posted outside of 119 Ives Hall.

  • Monday, October 2nd -6th - Students make site selections and file requests by emailing a list of at least  5 sites they are interested in applying for with Managing Director Brigid Beachler at or Program Coordinator, Miguelina Tabar at by Friday, October 6th.  Student can review sponsor lists online using SharePoint.  Please request access to Sharepoint from Brigid Beachler or Miguelina Tabar.

  • Tuesday, October 3rd - Orientation for admitted students- 4:30pm, 116 Ives Hall.  We will discuss the recruitment and interview process, professional etiquette and programmatic questions.

  • Monday, October 9th - Applications of students who have been approved will be forwarded to internship site sponsors with a request that they notify us within six weeks regarding their selections of students for available assignments.

  • Tuesday, October 17th -National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Info Session: Ms. Leah Salgado, CALS '15 from the NIEA will be on campus to provide detailed information on working in Washington, DC in an internship focused broadly on education issues for marginalized communities and on Native American issues specifically. 5pm, 116 Ives Hall.

  • Wednesday, October 8th - NIEA Interviews: Please see Brigid Beachler or Miguelina Tabar to sign up for an interview slot.  All interviews will in in 181 Ives Hall (faculty wing).

  • Tuesday, October 24th - Intern Mix & Mingle: Join former ILR Credit Interns for pizza & wings to discuss the internship program.  Ask questions, get advice on specific internships, and hear more about the experiences of former interns.  5-6:30pm, 116 Ives Hall.

  • Monday, December 4th - Mandatory Orientation Session for Spring 2018 interns, 12pm, 116 Ives Hall (Lunch provided).

  • The schedule established requires that students interested in internships for Spring 2018 submit applications and make choices about internship sites of interest to them early in the semester. This process will leave the last half of the semester to complete the student-site matching process and the interviews and visits often necessary to finalize decisions regarding placements. Under School policy, intern applications cannot be referred to site sponsors until they have been approved. Students who miss the application deadline will fall behind in the process and may have to settle for whatever sites are still available.

  • Students who apply on schedule and select five sites will still be eligible to apply for any new internships offered after October 6th provided they have not already accepted an existing intern position. Announcements of new internship opportunities will be posted on the Internship Bulletin Board outside of 119 Ives Hall and on the Credit Internship Facebook website.

Library Resources

The Catherwood Library has put together several new options for library access for off-campus ILR credit interns. More information can be found here.

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