Unpaid WISP Opportunities

The opportunities are listed below in order by state. To search within this page, press Ctrl-F in your browser. Updated 11/13/2019

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MicroCapital

Provider of news on microfinance and other forms of impact investing.

Career field: Financial services
Location: Remote/work from home
On site or remote: Remote
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. We can also exceed 3 weeks, if preferred.


Chicago

 

NLRB- Region 13 Chicago

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
On site or remote:
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 9-27 2019.
Date constraints: 2 weeks would be preferred.


Michigan

 

Michigan State University

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations

Career field: Law
Location: East Lansing
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Participate in research project with HRLR faculty member to analyze the results of a survey of several universities' employees with disabilities to assess the provision of accommodations to those employees, with a focus on the conflict between suffering the stigma attached to revealing one's disability and the need to reveal to obtain accommodation.
Minimum qualifications: Legal research experience a plus but not required.

Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Anyday


Philadelphia

 

 

Better Business Bureau

The BBB provides dispute resolution and information services to consumers and businesses in an effort to create a more trustworthy marketplace. Among other things, the BBB publishes business reviews, investigative information and provides arbitration and conciliation services to consumers and businesses that cannot reconcile their differences. On rare occasions, we provide formal mediation services.

Career field: Nonprofit
Location: Philadelphia
On site or remote:
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: 1/2-17/2019



Rochester

 

Five Star Bank

Five Star Bank is a $4 billion community bank offering a wide range of consumer and commercial banking and lending services to individuals, municipalities, and businesses through a network of more than 50 locations. We have a rich 200-year history and a bright future.

We have a dedicated team of more than 700 employees who work together in an environment of trust, integrity and mutual respect. Our customers are at the heart of our organization, where every interaction is an opportunity for us to deliver a friendly, professional, relationship-building experience. We take great pride in being a part of each and every community we serve and are committed to giving back through a variety of non-profit organizations and neighborhood charities.

We take the time to get to know our customers—their needs today and plans for the future. And we’re proud to be there wherever, whenever, and however they need us. Because we understand that today is tomorrow in progress.

Five Star Bank also offers a broad range of insurance services to personal and business clients across 45 states through SDN Insurance Agency, LLC.

Additionally, we offer customized investment management, investment consulting and retirement plan services to individuals, businesses, institutions, foundations and retirement plans through Courier Capital, LLC, HNP Capital, LLC and Five Star Investment Services

Additional Five Star Bank information is available on Twitter and Facebook.

Five Star Bank, SDN Insurance Agency, LLC, Courier Capital, LLC and HNP Capital, LLC are subsidiaries of Financial Institutions, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: FISI). Additional information about Financial Institutions, Inc. is available at www.fiiwarsaw.com.

We are committed to maintaining an environment where everyone feels welcome, valued, respected and appreciated. Diversity and inclusion initiatives are important to us and complement our corporate beliefs and behaviors and commitment to serving our customers and communities.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Rochester
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: -Update Employee Handbook
-Update Company Policies and Guidelines

Minimum qualifications: -Ability to handle sensitive information and flexibility with different projects
-Proficient in all Microsoft office applications
-We would like to have our student have personal transportation, but we are on the RTS bus route for the city of Rochest
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Whatever is easier for the student.
Date constraints: N/A



Ontario

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:
Job opportunity: To be determined. Inquire.


Minimum qualifications: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or legal residents. Algoma’s offices are located about 1 hour east of Toronto in the city of St. Catharines (and roughly 3.5 hours west of Ithaca, NY).


Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: To be determined. Inquire.


Washington D.C
 

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

As the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, OPIC has worked side-by-side with private investors for almost 50 years to support development in emerging markets around the world. The projects we support build critical infrastructure, help farmers produce more food, and expand access to healthcare, housing, modern technology, and financial services. As a result, these projects create jobs and opportunity in areas greatly lacking both. OPIC’s development finance model is based on mobilizing private capital. By partnering with the private sector, we can bring to bear the resources and tools to help solve some of the most critical challenges facing people and communities in developing countries. Together, we are a force for good in helping build thriving communities, stable societies, and robust economies. Our commitment to this important work continues to grow as we mobilize resources to build ports, airports, hospitals, and power plants, as well as invest in small and women-owned businesses with the aim of creating the upward mobility to elevate the world’s developing economies.

Career field: Government
Location: Washington
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Diversity, inclusion and employee engagement are critical human capital focus areas as we ensure our workforce is well prepared to execute our mission. While we comply with anti-discrimination and equal employment opportunity mandates, there are a number of needs that extend beyond compliance and require attention on the intersection of culture and community, such as championing diversity initiatives, analyzing and addressing barriers to employment and advancement, and helping managers think about diversity and employee engagement in new ways.

Developing a strategy, bench-marking with public and private sector, and helping to embed a framework within OPIC will be a key responsibility for the WISP student.
Minimum qualifications: A metro transit stipend can be provided.

An academic/research interest and/or professional experience in human capital management planning, international development and management consulting.
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Flexible.


California

General Dynamics NASSCO

Defense Contractor

Career field: Human resources
Location: San Diego, CA
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Assisting with developing community partnerships (high schools, trade schools) to increase hiring pipeline. Veteran recruiting initiatives. OD training program development including HiPo programs, front line leader training, emerging leader programs. Depending on student interest there are LR related projects: drafting contract language for upcoming negotiation, assisting with grievances and contract administration.

Minimum qualifications: The location is accessible by the trolley which serves some of the more popular locations. We would not be providing housing unless this is a requirement of WISP participation.

Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: December 17-21, January 3-25 are all dates that we could support a WISP candidate.

Date constraints: We have plant shut down beginning on 12/24 until 1/2.


New York

Columbus McKinnon Corporation

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: Amherst, NY
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Supporting the Talent team with projects - for example may include: creating recruiting materials, supporting the redesign of our performance review process, or creating materials for our diversity programs, support the execution of the Global Recognition program.

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: January 6-17
Date constraints: I will be on vacation December 23-January 6.


ABD Insurance & Financial Services (M&A Transaction Risk)

ABD specializes in insurance and financial services for corporations, mostly in the tech sector. ABD M&A Transaction Risk provides M&A solutions to ABD clients. Matt Somma is the VP of the group and is an ILR grad/M&A lawyer.

Career field: Financial services
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Brokerage of Middle Market M&A risk insurance (Reps and Warranties), including review of purchase and sale agreements, offering memoranda, financial statements, and data rooms. Interactions with private equity funds and their counsel. Development of business with private equity funds and law firms. Projects will either be deal focused (if we are engaged in an active deal), or business development focused (preparation of sales and marketing materials).
Minimum qualifications: Preferably, this is a NYC area student who can commute to Financial District. There will be a few days where the person can work remotely.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: I can consider this at any time of year.
Date constraints: Holidays are excluded.


PwC Advisory

Management Consulting firm

Career field: Management consulting
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Research on HR Transformation topic to build firm collateral.
Minimum qualifications: Ability to self-manage and work remotely
Proficient with MS Word, PPT, Excel, and Google Word, Slides, Sheets
New York office accessible by public transportation
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Week of Jan 6 and Jan 13


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
On site or remote:
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)

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
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: nterns 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 2010 - January 2020

Date constraints: We are closed on Christmas and New Years.


Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor

The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor is a law enforcement agency, headquartered in lower Manhattan, that combats criminal influence and ensures fair hiring of longshoremen at the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Waterfront Commission consists of attorneys, detectives, auditors, intelligence analysts, and licensing clerks responsible for ensuring that port workers and their employers comply with waterfront labor laws. The attorneys conduct depositions, participate in investigations, and represent the Waterfront Commission in administrative hearings to remove port workers who associate with organized crime figures or commit assaults, thefts, narcotics law violations, frauds, and other offenses.

Career field: Law
Location: New York
On site or remote:
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: 6 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Any 15 days in December 16 - January 17


Date constraints: The following dates will not be available for the WISP opportunity: December 24, 25, and January 1. Note, maximum duration can be 4 weeks.



Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Medical Center and Academia
Career field: Human Resources
Location: New York
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Employee Relations, Diversity and Inclusion, Talent acquisition, Organizational behavior, Labor relations
Minimum qualifications: Familiarity with Microsoft Suite
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Monday through Friday
 



Jackson Lewis
Jackson Lewis is one of the largest law firms in the country dedicated exclusively to representing management on workplace issues. The Firm has successfully handled cases in every state and is admitted to practice in all Circuit Courts of Appeal and in the United States Supreme Court. The firm has 62 locations and over 900 attorneys.
Career field: Law
Location: New York
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Interns will have the opportunity to shadow attorneys in a variety of proceedings, including court conferences, depositions, preparation of witnesses for depositions and labor negotiations. Interns may also be asked to assist in putting together training materials and summarizing deposition/hearing testimony.
Minimum qualifications: Basic computer skills. NYC public transportation available
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Monday, January 6, 2020 start date through Friday, January 17, 2020. Should program dates run longer, our office will be closed on January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.



1199 SEIU

1199SEIU is the largest, fastest-growing and most effective healthcare union in the United States. 1199 represents over 450,000 members throughout New York State, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Maryland. 1199 members work in every job classification and in every facet of the healthcare industry, including hospitals, nursing homes, home care and clinics. 1199 is driven by a mission to achieve affordable, quality healthcare for all, and to be the strongest voice we can be for the workers who provide that care.
Career field: Law
Location: Buffalo, New York
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Projects are TBD.
Minimum qualifications: Transportation may be necessary to our office at 2421 Main St. We are not far from public transportation, but would be better if student had own transport (especially in the winter, since there is some walking involved even with public transportation)

Qualifications: communication and writing skills
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: As late as possible would likely give the student a better experience. Many of our contracts expire in the spring, and we will be preparing for collective bargaining negotiations starting in January. However, there will still be plenty going on if a student wants to work earlier. 12/24 - half day, 12/25 – holiday, 1/8 - work travel (we are going to Albany to shut down the chambers of the senate. The student is welcome to join us, but we will likely leave on the bus by 5am and wont be back until very late). 1/1 - holiday



Docuvisory LLC
We are launching a communication platform that enables employers to communicate smarter with employees about performance and other work-related issues.

Career field: Law
Location: Jericho, New York
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Help reinvent the way supervisors document performance issues. Some employment law work will be involved. Review platform instructions, FAQ's, obtain feedback from users, improve prompts and templates, and write marketing materials. Use what you learned in ILR to help employers communicate smarter about workplace issues.
Minimum qualifications: This internship is for an ILR'ie who is interested in employment law and HR tech. There will be some exposure to employment law cases. There are no requirements, but having taken employment law and organizational behavior courses would make this internship more interesting for you.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: N/A



Colorado

Town of Superior

Municipal government for Town of Superior, CO.
Career field: Government
Location: Superior, Colorado
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: I am an elected Trustee for the Town of Superior and am working with our Town Manager to identify special projects that could be completed by a student within this period. One potential opportunity may be the development of a performance evaluation template for our elected officials - an evaluation form that Trustees can use to provide peer feedback for each other, as well as a survey that residents can complete to indicate their satisfaction with the elected officials.
Minimum qualifications: Strong written communications, basic computer proficiency. Experience with an online survey tool (e.g., Google Forms, Survey Monkey) is a plus. Student may be remote or local to the area
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Preferred dates: January 6-17. Dates flexible based on student availability; however, town offices will be closed for federal holidays.


Hawaii

Hale Koa Hotel

An Armed Forces Recreation Center. 817 Rooms, 720 employees, located on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, HI
Career field: Law
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: HR / Hotel Operations / Government (Department of Defense)
Minimum qualifications: Strong interest in HR / Hotel Operations with secondary interest in Public Service.           
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: TBD

 


Florida

Chemtrade Logistics Corporation

Chemtrade operates a diversified business providing industrial chemicals and services to customers in North America and around the world. Chemtrade is one of North America’s largest suppliers of sulfuric acid, spent acid processing services, inorganic coagulants for water treatment, sodium chlorate, sodium nitrite, sodium hydrosulfite and phosphorus pentasulfide. Chemtrade is a leading regional supplier of sulfur, chlor-alkali products, liquid sulfur dioxide, potassium chloride, and zinc oxide. Chemtrade obtains these products from its own production facilities and through long-term marketing services agreements and distributes them to customers around the world. Additionally, Chemtrade provides industrial services such as processing by-products and waste streams.Our business model is intended to mitigate the effect that changes in commodity prices and volumes could have on our earnings. This is achieved through:Contractual provisions;Competitive position; orProduct or service differentiation in the market place.
Career field: Labor Relations
Location: Tampa
On site or remote:
Job opportunity: Virtual opportunity where you can work remote from your home reporting to the Director of Labor & Employee Relations on the specific project assignments. In this scenario you will assist the Director of Labor & Employee Relations in preparation of the Corporate managed bargaining presentations that are used as the basis for presenting the company business case for forthcoming labor contract negotiations. In the process you will learn about economic case development for bargaining and be directly involved in pre-negotiations preparations with this important set of presentations and underlying research utilized to create the foundation of the Company business case. Prefer candidates have some knowledge of Bloomberg BNA, LEXUS or other economic and legal research capabilities.
Minimum qualifications: Prefer candidates have some knowledge of Bloomberg BNA, LEXUS or other economic and legal research capabilities. Also need to have strong PowerPoint presentation development and excel skills. No transportation required as this is a virtual opportunity. There may be future opportunity for site visits depending on where you are located in addition to the Syracuse, NY facility.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: The entire period. Christmas Day/Eve and New Years Day/Eve off.