Unpaid WISP Opportunities

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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: Students must work remotely
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.


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: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: To be determined. Inquire.
Minimum qualifications: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or legal residents.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: To be determined. Inquire.


California

General Dynamics NASSCO

Defense contractor.

Career field: Human resources
Location: San Diego, CA
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
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.


Illinois

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, IL
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
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 18th - December 29th.


Michigan

Michigan State University

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations offering both undergraduate and masters level courses in that area.

Career field: Law
Location: East Lansing, MI
On site or remote: Students can work on site if they have housing nearby, but otherwise this can be a remote-only opportunity
Job opportunity: Research project related to my research on accommodations for employees with disabilities OR employment of returning citizens (with a criminal record)
Minimum qualifications: Experience using Excel and Word; completion of employment law course would be helpful
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Start Jan. 3 or later


New Jersey

KPMG LLP

KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm, operates from 87 offices with more than 23,000 employees and partners throughout the U.S. Our purpose is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients, our people, and the capital markets. KPMG follows an Employer of Choice culture and is ranked in Fortune's and Working Mother's top 100 companies to work for in the US.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Montvale, NJ
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Analyze and provide recommendations for Employer of Choice initiatives based on Work Environment Surveys. Tailored informational interviews with various HR departments based on student's interest. Learn about HR Technology and Standard Operating Procedures that support and streamline HR operations. Over a two-week period – 3 visits to the office and some prep work that can be done from home; the days do not need to be consecutive. Day One: Meet my team, lunch with the group, overview of the project – analyzing results and comments from our Employee Engagement Survey Second Visit: Along with the FEX intern, meet with various HR leaders Third Visit: Present a PowerPoint to my team and other HR leaders on the results of their review of our Employee Engagement Survey
Minimum qualifications: Basic Excel and Word knowledge. PowerPoint is a plus. Montvale can be accessed via public transportation from NYC. Otherwise, personal transportation is recommended.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Jan 3rd to Jan 18th.


New York

Alternatives Federal Credit Union

We are a certified Community Development Financial Institution Our mission is "To build wealth and create economic opportunity for underserved people and communities." We offer a full range of financial products plus programs and services to help people move towards asset ownership.

Career field: Labor / Social justice
Location: Ithaca, NY
On site or remote: Students can work on site if they have housing nearby, but otherwise this can be a remote-only opportunity
Job opportunity: The primary responsibility is to help determine the cost of living in Tompkins County and to update the numbers for our bi-annual Living Wage Survey including the cost of housing, transportation, food and other necessities, as well as a modest allowance for recreation and saving. See https://www.alternatives.org/social-responsibility/impacting-our-community/living-wage-study.html for more information. This is an important study. It is utilized by businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations throughout Tompkins County.
Minimum qualifications: Excellent writing skills and good comprehension of spoken English; Microsoft Office skills particularly Word and Excel; excellent organizational skills; attention to detail, good research skills including willingness to make phone calls. The research can be conducted anywhere the student is able to access the internet. Only two or three in-person meetings with the project coordinator are required. Alternatives FCU is on Fulton Street, across from the Greyhound bus terminal between State St. and Seneca St. Local bus route 14 stops nearby. We are located 2.2 miles from the ILR School, and 0.7 miles from the Green St. bus stop near the Tompkins County Public Library.
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Starting once the Winter break begins, ending by January 31.
Date constraints: Holiday related time off the week of December 21 through 28. We are closed for federal holidays (December 25, January 1, January 21).


Work/Life, Human Resources, Cornell University

The Work/Life department in Human Resources at Cornell University is responsible for providing faculty, staff, retirees, and graduate student with dependent care needs programs/services to help them navigate work and life. Common work/life issues relate to parenting, elder care, adult care, supporting those with disabilities, challenges with self-care, etc. Work/Life is also responsible for the Flexibility In the Workplace Policy at Cornell and all efforts related to the successful integration of flexible work practices at Cornell. Properly managed and leveraged workplace flexibility supports Cornell's recruitment, engagement, productivity, retention, and sustainability goals and makes Cornell an employer of choice that is work/life friendly.

Career field: Human resources
Location: Ithaca, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Work/Life in Human Resources trains supervisors and employees on best practices and resources available related to the support and integration of flexible work arrangements (virtual work, compressed work, job share, etc). The intern(s), working directly with the Associate Director for Work/Life, will design a Workplace Flexibility Training Series to be offered from May 2019-May 2020. The intern(s) will 1) spend a short amount of time reviewing similar training curriculum at peer institutions, 2) review existing Cornell policy and training materials, 3) determine topics, understanding that learning will snowball, 4) establish learning goals and write a one-page outlined summary for each program, 5) design training exercises to be used in each program, and 6) recommend an overall series title/curriculum description. Depending upon the unique skills of the intern(s), some graphic design and PowerPoint template/design work may be assigned. While the internship will be concluded, the intern(s) will be invited to return for the presentations/series and present components or lead activities, if desired. This is not an expectation, however.
Minimum qualifications: Required: Basic PowerPoint, highly organized/self-motivated, ability to envision, design, and map out presentations/training (as pieces to an overall curriculum). Desired: Advanced PowerPoint, basic to moderate graphic design, knowledge related to workplace flexibility, knowledge of technical tools that can be leveraged to integrate virtual work (e.g. Zoom). Transportation: Location is accessible by public transportation and parking is available.
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Flexible with the end of the Fall semester and beginning of the Winter semester.
Date constraints: This internship can be a blend of in office/virtual work. In-office time of at least two days per week will be needed to meaningfully participate in various meetings/discussions. While the university will be officially closed during the Christmas holiday break, the intern may work remotely during that time if desired (this is not expected, however).


Shaker Junior High School

Shaker Junior High School is a two-time US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award-winning school. Currently, it houses 7th and 8th grade in 4 halls, or small schools within a school.

Career field: Education
Location: Latham, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Interns will observe and assist in the instruction of 7th grade social studies, which is United States History and Government. They will also observe the inner workings of education, including block meetings, parent conferences, professional development, and extracurricular activities, such as Law Day and student council. In addition, interns will work to develop a lesson plan in the unit being covered and will execute the lesson plan when it is ready.
Minimum qualifications: Knowledge of and access to the Google suite (docs, sheets, slides, and forms) Basic knowledge of United States history Flexibility and willingness to work with teenagers Transportation to the school in Latham, NY
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Any days that school is in session.


David M. Ehrlich & Associates

Entertainment and Media Law Practice.

Career field: Law
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: The role will expose an interested participant to the day-to-day operations of entertainment attorneys and various aspects of the entertainment industry which includes reviewing agreements, observing meetings with clients regarding potential projects, and helping to prepare materials for potential collaboration with clients.
Minimum qualifications: Experience using Microsoft Office Location is accessible by public transportation -- we are located a block away from Penn Station as well as nearby the Port Authority and Grand Central Terminal
Number of opportunities: 1 student
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: December 11-13, 17-18, 2018 & January 8-10 & 15-17, 2019


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, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
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


Mount Sinai Health System

Encompassing the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and seven hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area, as well as a large, regional ambulatory footprint, Mount Sinai is internationally acclaimed for its excellence in research, patient care, and education across a range of specialties.

Career field: Labor relations (corporate)
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: assist with minor projects, observe the workings of the office
Minimum qualifications: interest in labor relations
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Arrangements should be made in early December. We can host at three sites: Mount Sinai West, St. Luke's and Beth Israel.
Date constraints: cannot be between xmas and new year


Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Black Butter Records, BPG Music, Bystorm Entertainment, Century Media, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Descendant Records, Disruptor Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Essential Worship, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, House of Iona Records, Insanity Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Masterworks Broadway, Ministry of Sound Recordings, Monument Records, OKeh, Polo Grounds Music, Portrait, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Relentless Records, Reunion Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music and Verity Records. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

Career field: Human resources
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
Job opportunity: Recruiting and other projects as needed
Minimum qualifications: Microsoft Office. Strong organization skills, good phone presentation/communications, scheduling, Outlook skills.
Number of opportunities: 2 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Weeks of 12/3, 12/10 and 12/17


Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor

The Waterfront Commission is a bi-state agency that combats criminal influence and ensures fair hiring practices on the ports of New York and New Jersey. The Commission conducts investigations and administrative hearings to remove the licenses of port workers who violate waterfront labor laws by associating with organized crime, committing theft or fraud, or participating in discriminatory hiring practices.

Career field: Law
Location: New York, NY
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
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: 4 students
Compensation: None
Begin and end dates: Any 15 days in December 17 - January 18
Date constraints: The following dates will not be available for the WISP opportunity: December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.


Pennsylvania

Better Business Bureau

We provide dispute resolution services for business and consumer disputes and we provide information about businesses and industries to the public. We also investigate poor marketplace conduct and seek correction of inappropriate business practices.

Career field: Nonprofit
Location: Philadelphia, PA
On site or remote: Students will work on site, so they must have housing nearby
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: 12/24/18-1/14/19