Research Fellowships

Research Opportunities in Ithaca, NY

Academic Year Research Fellows

Academic Research Fellows will have the opportunity to serve as research assistants for faculty members during the academic year. Students participating in this program will be paid per hour up to a maximum rate per semester. Awards will be made on a one semester basis with renewal possible for the second semester. (A student may not earn credit for the project during the period he or she is being paid as a research assistant.)

Summer Research Fellows

Summer Research Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in independent research under faculty members' guidance or serve as research assistants for faculty members during the summer. Students participating in this program will receive summer stipends to cover living expenses during a 10-week period and the summer self-help component of financial aid packages.

Research Opportunities in New York City

ILR Executive Education in NYC - Deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019

Building Competencies to Gain Competitive Advantage - The Summer Fellow will focus on the core competencies required to successfully manage human capital and drive discretionary performance of individuals and teams within functional areas and the enterprise. By analyzing markets and opportunities for new product development, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to learn about a broad spectrum of human capital issues facing HR professionals and Organizational Leaders. Fellows will observe a number of Executive Education professional programs in New York City taught by adjunct instructors and observe faculty virtual programs being delivered to Executive Education corporate clients, gaining insight into the business challenges that are faced by HR and Business Leaders.

Supporting Executive Education portfolio development and marketing initiatives, the Fellow will gain wide exposure to the academic and business perspectives of human capital practices and the need to evolve into innovative HR strategies to build an effective workforce. Possible research topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: HR Agility, Innovation and Design Thinking, AI and Machine Learning. Fellows are expected to spend 20 percent of their time exploring their own Human Resources - related topics of interest.

This is a paid, full-time fellowship in NYC beginning June 3, 2019 through the end of July 2019.  Students are responsible for their housing accommodations in New York City.

For more information and application refer to 2019 NYC Summer Fellowship_ILR Executive Education.docx (DOCX, 33 KB)

 

Labor & Employment Law Program (NYC) - Deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019

The Labor and Employment Law Program is sponsoring two summer 2019 research fellowships working on the Title VII Consent Decree and ADA Cases Repositories in New York City. As a member of the LEL team, Fellows will review existing documents in the Repositories, research additional items for inclusion, and work with LEL faculty and Catherwood Library staff to ensure that the Repositories are up-to-date and accessible for use. 

ILR Title VII Consent Decree and ADA Cases Repositories -Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (the Act) outlawed discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, religion, etc. Since the passage of the Act, plaintiff lawyers have relied on both individual and class action lawsuits to end discrimination. This project focuses on class action lawsuits in which several plaintiffs represent a class of women or minorities. When these cases are settled or when the defendant has been found guilty of discrimination, remedies include diversity training for managers, special training programs for members of the class to be promoted, employment goals and timetables, special outreach efforts, etc.  Similarly, with the passage of the ADA, as amended (ADA), which outlaws discrimination based on disability, this repository focuses on settlements and court decisions. 

The ILR Title VII Consent Decree and ADA Cases Repositories are the only central repositories of resources of their kind for the legal community to help them make recommendations for provisions of consent degrees or court orders to remedy discrimination. No central database listing programs that have been used in the past and evaluating their effectiveness exists, which allows for analysis by industry, court, protected class, and/or theory of discrimination.  

These databases are widely used throughout the world.  On an average month, the Title VII repository has 1200-1500 downloads from 50 or more countries, and the ADA repository has 400-500 downloads from 30-40 countries.  A possible project activity would be to analyze the cases that are most downloaded, both in the United States and elsewhere.

This is a paid, full-time fellowship in NYC beginning Monday, June 3, 2019 and running for approximately 8 weeks until early August 2019.  Students are responsible for their housing accommodations in New York City. For more information and application refer to 2019 NYC Summer Fellowship_LEL-Repositories.docx (DOCX, 32 KB)

Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative -The Summer Fellow will conduct research to expand and maintain a database of federal, state, and local laws related to the employment of people with criminal records.  Topics include: The Fair Credit Reporting Act; Ban the Box laws; Title VII Legislation; Sealing and Expungement Laws; Occupational Licensing Requirements; Federal Bonding programs; and negligent hiring. This information is used on a publicly accessible database, as well as for developing training and other resource materials.

The Summer Fellow will work closely with a team of lawyers and social workers to assist with other CJEI projects, which may include assisting with the design of educational materials to distribute to the class members; obtaining research consent; providing updates to filers; and measuring training outcomes.

Work also may include: preparing materials and conducting research for correctional facility training; researching funding opportunities; providing background research for potential forums/conferences for employers, advocates, legislators and policy makers to discuss issues related to expanding employment opportunities for justice-involved individuals; developing a database of reentry partners and organizations; participating in reentry organization events and conferences.

Additionally, the CJEI team is expanding awareness of our work via traditional and social media. Summer fellows may work with the CJEI team to develop content for videos and articles for our website and social media platforms, provide research and analysis on the best ways of reaching specific population demographics, and strategizing on creating effective media outreach.

This is a paid, full-time fellowship in NYC beginning Monday, June 3, 2019 and running approximately 8 weeks until early August 2019.  Students are responsible for their housing accommodations in New York City.  For more information and application refer to 2019 NYC Summer Fellowship_LEL-CJEI.docx (DOCX, 32 KB)

 

Scheinman Institute in NYC - Deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019

The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution is an interdisciplinary center within the ILR School with offices in Ithaca and New York City. As part of its programs, the Institute provides education and training workshops and presentations at national conferences on current trends and organizational practices for HR and Diversity and Inclusion professionals.

Current Trends and Organizational Practices in Employment -The Summer Research Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in independent research under the guidance of Extension Faculty members responsible for managing and facilitating education and training workshops on employee relations and investigation and diversity and inclusion.  The Research Fellows will focus on reviewing and updating court cases and supporting data related to evolving legal and employment issues in the work place. The goal of this research is to identify current trends and organizational practices for inclusion in the workshops and presentations to ensure the applicability and relevancy of these programs. The Summer Fellows will also focus on identifying and exploring common content to incorporate across the Scheinman Institute’s programs. This will include reviewing and summarizing the most recent research related to employment and labor relations, capturing trends and current organizational policies, and highlighting best practices to facilitate the infusion of theory with real world applications. This is a paid full-time fellowship of approximately 8 weeks beginning on Monday, June 3 through the end of July 2019. Students are responsible for their housing accommodations in New York City.

For more information and application refer to 2019 NYC Summer Fellowship_Scheinman Institute.docx (DOCX, 31 KB)

 

Worker Institute Summer Fellowships (available in NYC) - Deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019

At its heart, the Worker Institute views its work as a contribution to reversing the growing inequality, now at historic levels, which undermines the economic and social sustainability of a vibrant democratic society.  The Institute provides the nation’s most comprehensive education, training, research, and organizational support for union leaders and worker advocates.  Worker Institute research fellows will have the opportunity to work directly with ILR labor extension faculty and staff based in NYC.

Labor Standards of Low Wage and Contingent Workers in NYC - The Summer Fellow will join a research team examining policy and enforcement efforts in the area of low-wage and contingent work, with a focus on digitally mediated work, and other non-standard forms of employment (e.g. construction day labor). The project will assess impacts of new technologies, policy changes, and new enforcement strategies on socio-economic conditions of workers laboring under non-standard work arrangements in New York City, including highly vulnerable workers such as app-based food-delivery couriers. The Summer Fellow will support data analysis, report drafting, and organizing of stakeholder convenings.

Arts and Entertainment Union Strategies: Lessons for all Gig Workers? - The Summer Fellow will focus on existing and emerging collective representation models in the arts and entertainment unions, with a focus on musicians and other performers. The goal of the research is to better understand how this industry’s unions have historically dealt with issues related to contingent and alternative/non-standard work arrangements, which have become the mark of what is presently known as the gig economy. The Summer Fellow will help to identify strategies that unions have developed to represent and protect the rights of workers who are largely thought of as the original gig-workers. The work will involve review of collective bargaining agreements and stakeholder interviews.

These two positions are a paid, full-time fellowship in NYC beginning Monday, June 3, 2019.  Students are responsible for their housing accommodations in New York City. For more information and application refer to 2019 NYC Summer Fellowship_WI-Figueroa.docx (DOCX, 32 KB)

The Worker Institute Labor and Education Needs Assessment and The Worker Institute's Lois Gray Labor Innovation Initative - The Summer Fellow will focus half time on research to determine what the education and training needs are of labor unions and worker organizations in the New York region.  The Fellow will assist in developing a survey tool, creating lists and contacts at unions, getting the survey completed both online and by phone, and then analyzing the data for a final report.  The other half time of this position will be researching innovative projects and ideas that are being discussed to improve the lives of workers and their power on the job.  This research will be done in service to launching the Lois Gray Innovation Fund – an effort to establish an annual Symposium to recognize, explore and examine current new ideas and efforts in the labor and social justice movements. 

This is a paid, full-time fellowship in NYC beginning Monday, June 3, 2019.  For more information and application refer to 2019 NYC Summer Fellowship_WI-Kim.docx (DOCX, 32 KB)

 

2019 Summer Fellowship with ILR School Outreach Programs in NYC - Deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019

ILR Outreach builds bridges between academic knowledge and challenges large and small, in workplaces and communities, from our own backyard to around the globe. Outreach requires an open and constant exchange of ideas and information. Through our Centers, Institutes and Programs, ILR Outreach is a catalyst for positive change in the world of work and within ourselves.

ILR Outreach is providing a fellowship for summer 2019 in New York City. This is a paid, full-time fellowship in NYC and will last approximately 8 weeks from June through the end of July.  This is a paid, full-time fellowship in NYC beginning Monday, June 3, 2019.  Students are responsible for their housing accommodations in New York City.

Developing digital Content to Raise the Profile of ILR Outreach in NYC -The ILR Summer Fellow for Outreach will work across the centers, institutes, and programs of the ILR School operating in New York City to support their activities through mission-oriented communications. Working with the Associate Dean for Outreach and Sponsored Research, the Fellow will have exposure to a broad set of communications and activities.

The Fellow will be primarily responsible for drafting original stories for ILR websites, content marketing, email lists and social media. In drafting this content, the Fellow will have the opportunity to work with extension faculty and staff across ILR Outreach units and learn of the impact that their projects have on the world of work. The Fellow will participate in cross-team communications and marketing meetings and also work directly with the ILR Communication and Marketing team and program directors.

Topic areas covered will include collective bargaining, labor relations, employment law, inequality, diversity and inclusion, precarious and low-wage work, gender equity, labor organizing and leadership, and engaged student learning.

This is a great opportunity for a student with interest in journalism, communications, public relations, or marketing at a mission-driven organization.

For more information and application refer to 2019 NYC Summer Fellowship_Outreach.docx (DOCX, 31 KB)

 

2019 Summer Fellowship with ILR's Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in NYC - Deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019

Reentry for Justice-Involved Youth with Developmental Disabilities- The Summer Fellow will help Yang-Tan Institute (YTI) extension faculty develop topics on the intersectionality of disability, juvenile justice involvement, and future work outcomes. Youth with disabilities are overrepresented in school discipline and juvenile justice, and this important work focuses on efforts to: (a) prevent justice involvement for youth with developmental disabilities, and (b) facilitate re-entry for youth with developmental disabilities who are involved in the justice system. The Fellow will provide assistance on a new grant that YTI is starting in April 2019. The Fellow will work with extension faculty Dr. LaWanda Cook and Dr. Matthew Saleh to develop a landscape analysis of state-level transition practices and interagency coordination for youth involved in the justice system. The fellowship will offer opportunities to develop research and writing skills, and will culminate in a final publication of the national landscape analysis. 

This is a paid, full-time fellowship in NYC beginning Monday, June 3, 2019.  Students are responsible for their housing accommodations in New York City.

For more information and application please refer to 2019 NYC Summer Fellowship_YTI.DOCX (DOCX, 44 KB)


Research Opportunities in Buffalo, NY

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The High Road Runs Through the City

Service Learning & Action Research Fellowship in Buffalo, NY, for ILR Students.

  • Program information for High Road Fellowships
  • Applications for Summer 2019 are now closed. Applications for Summer 2020 will be made available Fall 2019.

Careers in Public Service

Three paid fellowships available with local elected officials working on policy to create solutions for pressing challenges around economic development and urban revitalization in Upstate New York.