New Sites added for 2016 AFL-CIO internships

Southern Illinois University



New Sites added for 2016 AFL-CIO internships

March 21, 2016

"Union Summer is a nine-week educational internship in which participants are introduced to the labor movement through union organizing campaigns."

Interested CoLA students are encouraged to apply for the AFL-CIO Union Summer Internship Program for hands-on training in organization, event planning, and helping communities' voices be heard. Below is a letter from Union Summer Program Director Patrick Scott. The application deadline for internships is April 1, 2016. More information can be found in this flyer (PDF).

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce Anniston, AL and Tuscaloosa, AL as the newest sites added for the 2016 AFL-CIO Union Summer Internship Program!  As you know, we are accepting applications for the 2016 AFL-CIO Union Summer Internship Program.  The AFL-CIO Union Summer Program is a fantastic opportunity for your students to be a part of building a strong workers movement in this country.  Some 20 years and 4200 activists later, Union Summer is one of the most successful programs in the entire labor movement.  Since its founding in 1996, hundreds of student activists have dedicated their lives to the labor movement by helping working people gain respect in their workplaces through forming a union. 

As you know, Union Summer is a 9-week, paid ($480/weekly, minus taxes) educational experience that introduces young activists to the labor movement by allowing them to be on the front lines with working people as they join together to form unions in their workplaces. 

In commemoration of the 1996 founding of the Union Summer Internship Program and the increased focus and efforts to organize working people in the South, the AFL-CIO Union Summer program will only host sites in the southern US during the Summer of 2016.  The cities below have been confirmed to host AFL-CIO Union Summer sites:

  • Anniston, AL
  • Jackson, MS
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Houston, TX

We are looking for student activists passionate about righting social and economic injustices, who have excellent communication skills and are willing to work long, irregular hours and weekends.  They must have housing where sites have been confirmed. We want students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have bi-lingual language skills to apply.

We ask that you share the attached flier with your students (also peers) and encourage them to check out our website for more information and to apply at  Should you have any questions, you should feel free to contact me at

Although the deadline to apply to Union Summer is April 1, 2016, we encourage you to have your students to apply as early as possible.

Once again, we thank you for your continued support of the AFL-CIO Union Summer Internship Program.  This program has been successful because you help to recruit the best applicants who truly want to make a difference in the lives of working people.  We look forward to working with you to make Union Summer 2016 the best summer yet!

In unity,

Patrick Scott, Director

AFL-CIO Union Summer Program