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 2019 Calendar of Events

We plan to follow the schedule and procedures listed below in handling applications for Fall 2019 internships.

  • Tuesday, January 29th —  Student Internship Information Meeting — 215 Ives Hall — 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 30th — Friday, February 15th Arrange to meet with Brigid Beachler to discuss questions, plans, etc. Sign-up sheet located on bulletin board outside of 119 Ives Hall.
  • Friday, February 22nd - Deadline for submission of Internship Applications for Fall 2019.  Note: Some internships, because of sponsor requirements or scheduled interviews, may have a different deadline.  Please check with Brigid Beachler for specific questions.
  • Monday, February 25th - Friday, March 1st -Students make site selections and file requests by emailing a list of at least 5 or more sites they are interested in applying for with the Managing Director Brigid Beachler. Please email Brigid Beachler at by Friday, March 1st. Students can review sponsor lists on computers in 119 Ives Hall or online via SharePoint.  All revised applications, cover letters and supplemental materials must also be submitted at this time.
  • Thursday, February 28th - US State Department Online Applications Due.  Students who would like to apply for a Fall 2019 credit internship with the US State Department, MUST meet with Brigid Beachler before completing the online application to receive the list of State Department offices that will qualify for credit.  Failure to apply for appropriate offices could mean that a student will not be approved for credit.  Online applications can be found at:
  • Monday, March 4th— 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, March 5th— Deadline for Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship - The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.  The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.  The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and world regions.  To apply, please find the application
  • Tuesday, March 6th - Orientation for admitted students - 4:30pm, 116 Ives Hall.  We will discuss the recruitment and interview process, professional etiquette and programmatic questions. 
  • Thursday, March 14th - Annual Social Justice Career Fair:  The Social Justice Career Fair brings representatives from labor unions and other advocacy organizations to campus each spring.  The Fair is held in conjunction with the ILR School's celebration of Union Days, King-Shaw Hall, Time & Location, TBD.
  • Friday, March 15th - Social Impact Career Forum - This forum will showcase careers focused on the public good.  We will welcome alumni and representatives hailing from government, NGOs, law, policy, labor, think tanks, international rights, non-profits, and social justice and advocacy organizations.  ILR Career Services, King-Shaw Hall.
  • Tuesday, March 19th - Intern Mix & Mingle:  Join former ILR Credit Interns for pizza & wings to discuss the details of the internship program.  Ask questions, get advice on specific internships, and hear more about the experiences of former interns - 5pm, 215 Ives Hall.
  • Friday, May 10th - Mandatory Orientation Session for Fall 2019 interns - 1pm, 116 Ives Hall. Lunch will be provided.  

Resume Critiques & Mock Interviews: We recommend before submitting your application materials for the Credit Internship Program that you take the opportunity to get a resume critique from the Office of Career Services.  We also recommend scheduling a mock interview with OCS to perfect your interviewing skills! OCS is offering extensive drop-in hours over the course of the semester in 201 Ives for your convenience.  Extended drop-in hours include:

  • January 28-31, 4:30-6:00pm
  • February 4-5, 4:30-6:00pm
  • February 11-14, 4:30-6:00pm
  • March 4-7, 4:30-6:00pm
  • March 11-14, 4:30-6:00pm
  • April 8-11, 4:30-6:00pm

The schedule established requires that students interested in internships for Fall 2019 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. 

Students who apply on schedule and select five sites will still be eligible to apply for any new internships offered after March 1st provided they have not already accepted an existing intern position.  Announcements of new internship opportunities will be posted on the Credit Internship Facebook page and on Chatter!


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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