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Frequently Asked Questions

The Application Process

Eligibility

Time Conflicts


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The Application Process

When is my application due?

Monday, February 25 at 11:59 PM PST. Due to the high volume of applications, late applications may not be considered.

What do I need to include with my application?

A completed application consists of two items: an online application that is filled out completely and a copy of your resume. The online application form provides a section where you can upload your resume.

I haven’t had much paid work experience; do I still need to submit a resume?

Yes. Feel free to include any volunteer work or campus student group activism on your resume.

What is the interview process? Do I need to travel to Berkeley for the interview?

We prefer to conduct all interviews in person at UC Berkeley, but in cases where we are unable to do an in-person interview, we will schedule an interview via Zoom. If selected for an interview, we will contact you to schedule an interview. All interviews are usually completed in April.

I am trying to make summer plans. When will I find out if I am accepted into the program?

Our goal is to let all applicants who received an interview know if they have been accepted or waitlisted by May 1st. Accepted applicants will be notified by e-mail, and in most cases by phone as well. Applicants who are not accepted into the program will be notified by e-mail after May 1st.

How will interns be matched to their sites?

Interns are matched to sites according to their skills, interests, and logistical needs such as where they are living for the summer, and where they are able to commute. Some sites require specific skill sets, the ability to fluently speak in another language, or require access to a car.

Is having a car required?

Having a car is required for certain placements, but not all. You do not need to have a car to apply, but it is extremely helpful and might increase your chances of being placed. We try to match interns who do not have cars to sites that are accessible by public transportation, although these sites are limited. All sites are requested to compensate for the cost of gas interns use during their placement while traveling from their placement site to an off-site location. Transportation to and from the host site is the intern’s responsibility.

Does the Labor Summer Program provide housing for interns who live out of state? How do students who are not from California participate in the program?

No, unfortunately we do not provide housing. Some students have family members or friends they can stay with for the duration of the program. Some students sublease a room or an apartment for the summer.

Eligibility

I’m not a UC student, can I still apply?

Yes. We are now able to consider applications from students outside the UC system.

I am an undocumented student. Am I eligible to participate?

Yes. All college students, regardless of citizenship status, are encouraged to apply.

I’m a graduate student. Can I apply?

Yes. This internship is for both graduate and undergraduate students.

I will graduate in Spring of 2019. Can I still apply?

Yes.

I have been accepted and plan to attend a UC school in the fall as an undergraduate freshman, a first-year transfer student, or a first-year graduate student. Can I still apply?

Yes. Students entering in the Fall of 2019 are eligible as long as they are enrolled for the fall OR have submitted their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Do I have to be in a certain major or field to apply?

No, you just have to have a commitment to social and economic justice. You can apply from any major or if you have not yet declared a major.

I don’t have any organizing experience. Can I still apply?

Yes. We are looking for a diverse group of students. In the past, intern classes have included a broad mix of students who are dedicated and passionate about social justice with no organizing experience and students who have lots of leadership experience either on their campus or with community-based organizations and labor unions.

If I applied last year and did not get in can I apply again?

Yes.

If I participated in the past in the UC Berkeley Labor Summer Internship Program or the UCLA Dream Summer Internship Program, can I apply for this one?

This program is designed to give as many students an opportunity to participate as we have the capacity to support. Therefore, you may apply but priority will be given to students who have not participated in Labor Summer.

Are there programs that are similar to Labor Summer that I can apply to?

There are several other programs that you might be interested in. Links to other opportunities are below.

Summer Internships

AFL-CIO Law Student Summer
AFSCME Union Scholars Program
Kalmanovitz Initiative Summer Organizing Internship (KI SOI)
Midwest Academy Community Organizing Internship
Occupational Health Internship Program
Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowships for Law Students
Seeding Change Fellowship
Solidarity Center Summer Internships
Student Action with Farmworkers
Students for Economic Justice Summer Fellowship
UCLA Labor Center Dream Summer Program
UNITE HERE Organizing Beyond Borders

Time Conflicts

My program requires I participate in an internship that is longer than eight weeks. Can you accommodate this requirement?

Sometimes site placements are able to host an intern for more than eight weeks but this is on a case-by-case basis. While students might be able to secure a placement for more than eight weeks, the Labor Summer program can only guarantee compensation for the during of the program (June 17-August 9). Students with this requirement should include this in their application.

I have to take a summer school class/LSAT prep class. Can I still do the internship?

This paid internship is 40 hours a week. Hours fluctuate based on the activities of your host site. You may be assigned to work evenings or weekend hours if needed. We are seeking students who will make the internship program their priority for the summer. We discourage students from taking on additional responsibilities while participating in the program. It has also been our experience that many interns have volunteered additional hours in order to get a rounded understanding of the work they are doing.

I have to attend a conference/wedding/etc. Can I leave for a few days?

We will prioritize students who can be present for the entire eight-weeks of the internship. If you need to miss more than one day of the internship, indicate this on your application. If selected, we will need to get approval from your placement site. You should also expect to make up the days missed. If the conference is related to social justice issues, expect to prepare a report-back on the conference for other Labor Summer participants.

What if I cannot stay for the entire eight-week session?

Interns are expected to be available for the entire eight weeks. If you are not available for the period in its entirety, your application will not be considered.

Do we have any days off over the summer?

The internship is full time. Your host site will determine your hours based on the needs of the campaign. You may be required to work evenings and/or weekends. July 4th is a paid holiday.