The Worker Institute engages in research and education on contemporary labor issues. In doing so, the Worker Institute works to reverse the growing inequality that undermines the economic and social sustainability of a vibrant democracy. Each semester, the Worker Institute hires research fellows who have the opportunity to work directly with Ithaca-based faculty and ILR labor extension faculty based in NYC, Rochester, and Buffalo.
The fellowship program’s goal is to provide ILR students with a unique opportunity to contribute to important projects concerning workers and unions, expand their research skills, learn about potential career paths, and form connections with faculty, labor leaders, and other fellows.
This year’s projects include labor issues relating to immigrant labor, the gig-economy, technology, environmental protection, Tompkins County living wage, and various other cutting-edge research projects to find solutions to problems related to work, economy, and society. With a strong academic foundation of labor history, labor law, labor relations, and various other core classes, Worker Institute Fellows can apply their studies to contemporary issues facing workers from all backgrounds, the economy, and the environment.
By incorporating research opportunities into the traditional ILR curriculum, Worker Institute Fellows gain academic skills to use in their future studies and are better prepared for opportunities after college.
Learn more about The Worker Institute's Fall 2019 Student Fellows here.