Paid WISP Opportunities

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The Law Office of Delmas A Costin, Jr.

I am a plaintiff employment attorney. I represent individuals who are victims of discrimination in their places of employment. My clients allege discrimination based on race, religion, gender, color, age, and having a criminal record among other things. Additionally, I represent individuals who were not paid their wages by their employer, which unfortunately happens far too often.

Career field: Law
Location: Bronx
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: I have a small law office consisting of myself and a part-time attorney and currently 1 1/2 support staff. As a result, you will have an opportunity to see almost everything that a law practice has to offer. You will interact with clients, assist with the factual and legal development of a case, screen potential clients, attend court proceedings, possibly attend depositions and generally just help in the office. There are many opportunities to have a meaningful experience in a small and hectic law practice.
Minimum qualifications: My office is located near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Basic computer competence is needed.
Number of opportunities: 4 students
Compensation: NYC Min. Wage
Begin and end dates: These dates are flexible based on the needs of the student and the needs of the office.


Berke-Weiss Law PLLC

Berke-Weiss Law PLLC is a boutique law firm in midtown Manhattan, which focuses on all aspects of employment law, including negotiating employment contracts and severance agreements, providing advice and counsel on workplace policies and procedures, conducting workplace investigations and training, and litigating claims of sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination, Family Medical Leave Act issues including pregnancy, and non-competition agreements, and wage-hour issues before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Laurie Berke-Weiss, the principal of Berke-Weiss Law, is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Career field: Law
Location: New York
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: The intern will work closely with the firm's lawyers. Typical assignments may include creating and reviewing documents related to cases, utilizing Westlaw and the Internet for legal research, maintaining client and subject files, and interacting with clients.
Minimum qualifications: Some experience with legal research, ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, and ability to maintain confidentiality concerning client matters is a must. We are located in Midtown Manhattan, at 950 Third Avenue, at the corner of 57th Street, near the 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R Lines. We also are a few blocks away from the E and M Lines. The closest parking garages are Rapid Parking at 153 East 57th Street, Icon Parking at 150 East 58th Street, and Central Parking at 220 East 58th Street.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: $13.50/hours
Begin and end dates: January 2-20, 2020


Directors Guild of America

Through the collective voice of more than 16,000 members that the DGA represents, the Directors Guild of America seeks to protect directorial teams' legal and artistic rights, contend for their creative freedom, and strengthen their ability to develop meaningful and credible careers. The DGA is an international labor organization that represents directors and members of the directorial team who work on feature films, television programs, commercials, documentaries, new media projects, and news and sports programs.

Career field: Labor / Social justice
Location: New York
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: The intern will attend grievance and negotiation sessions with the Guild's executive staff and visit film and television sets with Guild Field Representatives. They will assist in research and preparation related to these matters.
Minimum qualifications: Interested applicants should have completed two years of coursework in collective bargaining, labor law and labor economics and should be interested in a career representing labor unions.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: $550/week
Begin and end dates: January 2-18, 2020


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP

At Morgan Lewis, we work in collaboration. We work around the clock and around the world—always ready, always on—to respond to the needs of our clients and craft powerful solutions for them. From our 31 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, we work with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising startups. We provide comprehensive litigation, corporate, finance, restructuring, employment and benefits, and intellectual property services in all major industries, helping clients address and anticipate challenges across vast and rapidly changing landscapes. And we approach every representation with an equal commitment to first understanding, and then efficiently and effectively advancing, the interests of our clients and arriving at the best results. Attracting and developing talented professionals who are committed to excellence is critical to our success. We offer lawyers and professional staff unparalleled opportunities for interesting work, a supportive and collegial environment and a promising pathway to career development. We have a diverse group of innovative thinkers who are passionate about the practice of law. - See more at: https://www.morganlewis.com/careers/life-at-morgan-lewis#sthash.8lubDSSj.dpuf Morgan Lewis is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Pursuant to applicable state and municipal Fair Chance Laws and Ordinances, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Career field: Law
Location: Philadelphia
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: This unique internship for ILR juniors and seniors is designed by ILR alumni for those students who may be interested in a career in labor and employment law and will benefit from a practical overview of the labor and employment law field. We will select three students to work in Morgan Lewis’s Labor and Employment Practice in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., or New York City. Each applicant must specify his or her preferred location, in order of preference. The internship program includes: • Two-week paid internship ($600/week) • Introduction to attorneys who will provide overviews of practice areas, including: • Defense of individual and class action discrimination claims • Labor-management relations matters • Department of Labor regulatory issues • Wage and hour lawsuits, including nationwide collective actions • Employee benefits litigation • Immigration law • Employer training programs. Our three interns will spend their first day in Philadelphia receiving an overview of the various practice area specialties. The New York and Washington, D.C. interns will travel to Philadelphia by train accompanied by a Morgan Lewis attorney and will return home at the end of the day. The remaining portion of the internship program will involve a specific assignment dealing with timely legal issues as well as interaction with labor and employment attorneys in their offices, including “shadowing” where available.
Minimum qualifications: Microsoft Office. Morgan Lewis's offices (Philadelphia, Washington, DC, New York) are all accessible by public transportation.
Number of opportunities: 3 students
Compensation: $600 per week
Begin and end dates: January 6, 2020 - January 17, 2020


Massachusetts

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston is committed to making New England a better place to live and do business, and our employees are integral to our success. As a cooperative, we are owned by more than 440 banks, credit unions, insurance companies, and community development financial institutions that access tens of billions of dollars of our reliable, wholesale funding each year. Our funds are a vital resource that help our members succeed, provide families with safe, decent affordable housing, and generate economic development that creates jobs in communities throughout our region. ​

Career field: Human resources
Location: Boston, MA
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Potential Project ideas (as of Sept 2019): Create a behavioral interview question list and guide, in alignment with our competency model.  Specific emphasis will need to be placed on mitigating unconscious bias during the interview process and decisions. Compliance Support – this would be for benefits, payroll and/or HR administrative items, typically for the prior calendar year (2019) Year-end Reporting for various topics or metrics, including some that we compile in an annual report to our regulating agency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Support for some benefit changes and new benefits effective 1/1/20.  This could be assisting with communication campaigns (email, intranet postings, tv slides), validating requested changes to coverage have been processed, invoice reconciliation, etc. Recruiting Support, based on available openings
Minimum qualifications: Ability to work with confidential information, to use the MS Office programs, effective communication and willingness to ask questions and to learn
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: 20.00 / hour
Begin and end dates: Flexible


New York

Sanders & Sanders

Law firm (labor and employment law)

Career field: Law
Location: Buffalo, NY
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Legal research and/or drafting of legal documents
Minimum qualifications: Word processor, personal transportation would be better (bus stop is a long walk)
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: $12
Begin and end dates: Flexible


AWISCO

AWISCO is the leading supplier of welding supplies and industrial gases in the metro New York area. AWISCO strives to be a company that promotes from within and celebrates a diverse workforce. ​​

Career field: Human resources
Location: Maspeth, NY
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: The WISP students will work on various projects related to the HR functions at AWISCO. The students will help implement a company wide compensation plan that removes all gender inequality at AWISCO. The WISPs will also be involved in setting up meetings to explain and try and get those employees not enrolled in our 401K plan to enroll in the plan. ​​
Minimum qualifications: Excel and Microsoft office are the only skills needed. ​​
Number of opportunities: 3 students
Compensation: 15.00 per hour
Begin and end dates: There is no preference for dates. The WISP students can start before the holidays or after. ​​
Date constraints: none


Proskauer Rose LLP

or over three quarters of a century, Proskauer’s Labor & Employment Law Department has been repeatedly recognized as one of the strongest in the world. During that time, we developed a reputation as tough, smart and effective management-side lawyers who developed their skills in the cauldron of New York, the most heavily unionized region in the nation. Today, with nearly 150 lawyers across the US, London and Paris, our Labor & Employment Law Department is ranked higher in more categories than any other practice of our kind in US Legal 500 and received similar rankings from Chambers USA and Chambers Europe. Dubbed a 'powerhouse' by Chambers USA and amazing strategists with fantastic technical know-how by Chamber's Europe, our representation of the world's major businesses, institutions and organizations combines advocacy on behalf of management with a real understanding of the needs and sensibilities of employees and labor, allowing us to negotiate and reach successful outcomes that fit the needs, and earn the respect, of both sides. We handle every type of matter imaginable and field experienced teams in over 17 distinct practice areas covering every aspect of labor and employment law. These groups represent a calculated strategy to allow for quick, efficient and knowledgeable representation, whatever a client's needs. Referral to the appropriate team, each staffed by a deep bench of lawyers, allows for maximum effectiveness in client service. Collectively, our lawyers have tried an extraordinary number of cases, but also have experience at the settlement table where our reputation as powerful litigators often stimulates a quick resolution.

Career field: Law
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Responsibilities in the past have included summarizing court depositions and hearing transcripts, legal research, helping put together training materials for clients, etc. Also shadowing opportunities have included attendance at labor negotiations, board meetings, court hearings, depositions, etc.
Minimum qualifications: The WISP interns chosen should have a working knowledge of all Microsoft Office Suite software programs, including Word and Outlook.
Number of opportunities: 3 students
Compensation: $15.00
Begin and end dates: Exact dates TBD-beginning of January 2020