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Union Semester in NYC accepting applications for fall 2010

http://www.unionsemester.org/

New York Union Semester is an academic internship program for both national and international students, open to undergraduates, graduate students and college graduates. The program provides the opportunity to learn about organized labor in a challenging environment both inside and outside the classroom. As interns at unions and affiliated
organizations in New York City, students gain an understanding of the inner workings of organized labor while they make a real contribution to the work of the movement. In the classroom, students analyze the experience they are gaining in the field, by studying the labor
movement, both past and present. The program is intensive and rigorous and past participants have benefited personally, professionally and intellectually from their experiences.

Union Semester is a full-time intensive academic and internship program. Internships are 32-hours a week and students attend four classes each week at the Murphy Institute for Worker Education. Students who successfully complete their internship and a full Union Semester course load are awarded a Certificate in Labor Studies by the School of Professional Studies (SPS), CUNY.

Union Semester Basics:

* Participate in a 32-hour per week internship with a union or union-affiliated organization in NYC.
* Enroll in four Labor Studies courses at the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and study alongside other Union Semester students and local union members.
* Earn a Certificate in Labor Studies from the School of Professional Studies, CUNY.
* Take advantage of many networking opportunities in the labor movement and get to know the NYC union movement from the inside.
* Immerse yourself in New York City - one of the country's most vibrant cities with one of the strongest labor movements in the US.

Eligibility:
We are looking for students with a commitment to social justice and a strong interest in the labor movement. Union Semester is open to undergraduate students who have completed at least 45-credits with a minimum 2.5 GPA. On the graduate level (graduate students and recent
college graduates), applicants must have a Bachelor's degree or a GPA of 3.0 or higher in a post-baccalaureate program. International students must score 550 or better on the paper TOEFL or 80 or better on the computer TOEFL.

Funding:

All students who are accepted to the program are awarded a $1700 scholarship to help with the cost of tuition and fees. Additionally, students earn a $210/week stipend and are provided with a monthly travel allowance to help with the cost of living in NYC for the semester.

For more information and application instructions, please visit our website or email us at info@unionsemester.org

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