CUNY SLU offers two very unique experiential learning programs that provide students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, with intensive academic study, combined with first-hand work experience with a labor union or community-based organization. Students are provided a stipend to help cover some of their academic and personal costs. Students come from within CUNY as well as universities across the country and internationally.
New York Union Semester
Live in New York City. Defend workers’ rights. Get paid and earn college credits
New York Union Semester is one-of–a-kind, full-time, semester-long program that combines rigorous academic study with firsthand experience within the labor movement. Students in the program are paired with unions and workers’ rights organizations to develop practical skills and learn firsthand the strategies these organizations use to fight for workers’ rights. In the evening, students analyze the experience they gain in the area during class time through comprehensive studies of the US labor movement.
Upon completing the program, undergraduate students earn 16 credits and are awarded a Certificate in Labor Studies. Graduate students will earn 12 credits and an Advanced Certificate in Labor Studies, which can be applied to the MA in Labor Studies.
Put your passion for social justice to work inside and outside the classroom
Community Semester is a full-time, intensive academic and service-learning program that provides students with an opportunity to put their passion for social justice to work. Students learn firsthand how community-based organizations fight for environmental justice, housing rights, immigrant rights, tenants’ rights, economic justice, youth engagement, neighborhood resilience, civic justice, and community empowerment by contributing to the movement themselves.
Upon completing the program, undergraduate students earn 16 credits and are awarded a Certificate in Community Leadership. Graduate students earn 12 credits and are awarded an Advanced Certificate in Community Leadership.