Labor Management Internship

AFSA’s Labor Management office is pleased to offer an internship to law students or college students interested in international affairs, organized labor, marketing, event planning, communications, writing, unions, and the U.S. Foreign Service.

Eligibility

Current law students; college students and recent college graduates. Interns need to be hard-working, dependable, detail-oriented, and must have good editing and writing skills. Applicants should ideally have an interest in international affairs.

Position Description

This is a one semester position, meant to meet the needs of AFSA as an organization, and the Labor Management (LM) office. We also look forward to meeting the educational needs of our future intern. The position will report to the executive assistant and will work closely with the AFSA Labor Management Counselor and other staff as needed.

Goals and Objectives

The Labor Management intern will play a major role in the daily workings of the LM office. He/she will act as liaison between the LM office and the communications team at headquarters. The intern will also interact with AFSA members, retirees, State Department employees and officials.

Key Job Duties and Responsibilities

This internship will provide a wide perspective on what a union does to protect the interests of its bargaining unit and what labor relations looks like in one of the major United States agencies. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Labor Management: Assisting the executive assistant with light administrative duties (such as formatting correspondence and cables, putting together info packets), performing basic legal research for our attorneys on an as-needed basis and helping headquarters staff with the setting up and coordination of Main State events. LM Staff will work to provide the intern with various opportunities, such as attending State Department forums/events discussing topical events of interest, where possible.
  • Communications: Compiling data from AFSA member input generated regarding labor relations issues of interest for consideration by staff; representing the LM office at weekly Communications Team meetings at headquarters; maintaining and developing outreach materials for the LM office, i.e., electronic and physical bulletin boards. Key projects will include: the AFSA annual report; drafting and editing quarterly cables and developing a regular webinar series for the LM office.
  • Membership: helping with database development; refining database data.

Key Technical Skills and Knowledge

The ideal candidate to fill this temporary post will have general computer literacy and familiarity with basic or CRM databases. The candidate should possess excellent interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with members that walk into the office seeking assistance, as well as VIPs.

Application

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter expressing interest in the internship, along with a resume and writing sample, to afsa@state.gov, specifying “Labor Management Internship.” Interviews will be offered to short-listed applicants.

Length of Internship and Compensation

A typical internship period is 3-4 months. Arrangements may be made if the intern wishes to extend. All interns will receive a stipend commensurate with the hours worked: Those working 19 hours or fewer will receive $300; those who work 20-29 hours receive $500; and those who commit to 30-40 hours will receive $700.