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 first-hand experience within the labor movement. Students in the program are paired with unions and worker-rights organizations to gain practical skills and learn first-hand the strategies these organizations use to fight for workers’ rights. During class time, students analyze the experience they gain in the field by studying the history of and current debates within the U.S. labor movement.
As part of the program, students receive a $7,000 financial allowance, to cover tuition and living expenses while working four days a week at their field placement . During the evenings and all-day on Fridays, students take classes with the renowned Labor Studies faculty at the School of Labor and Urban Studies. Upon completion of the program, undergraduate students earn 16 credits and are awarded a Certificate in Labor Studies, and graduate students earn 12 credits and are awarded an Advanced Certificate in Labor Studies. These credits can be applied towards the MA in Labor Studies.