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Issue Resolution Team Member at the School of Professional Services, CUNY

General Description:

The School of Professional Studies of the City University of New York
(CUNY SPS) has launched sixteen degrees: ten bachelor’s degrees open
to students with 24 or more college credits who wish to complete
their undergraduate studies, and six master’s degrees, with more
programs currently in development. CUNY SPS leads the University in
developing and operating online degree programs, and trains faculty
throughout CUNY in online instruction. CUNY SPS is also the home of
the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor
Studies, which offers higher education programs for working adults
and union members, and serves as a nationally-recognized center for
scholarship and resources for labor, academic, and community leaders
seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues.

CUNY SPS seeks a detail-oriented Issue Resolution Team Member to
support a new partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing
Recovery Operations (HRO) and the Build It Back program. Build It
Back is dedicated to helping New Yorkers living in communities
affected by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild their homes.

(Four vacancies available)

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2020 AFSCME Union Scholars Program

The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is pleased to partner with Harvard University’s Labor and Worklife Program to sponsor the Union Scholars Program. AFSCME is one of the nation’s largest labor unions, representing public service employees and retirees across the country. Harvard’s Labor and Worklife Program, located in the Harvard Law School, is the university’s center for research, teaching and creative problem-solving related to the world of work.

The Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer internship for students of color who are passionate about social justice, with an emphasis on workers’ rights. Entry to the Union Scholars Program is competitive.

Students will take part in a hands-on organizing experience with AFSCME members, and will enjoy an opportunity to travel and receive valuable, resume-building experience – all while getting paid.


Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate sophomore or junior at the time of the application and the interview process
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Be a college student of color including: African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian-Pacific Islander, Latin American
  • Demonstrate interest in working for social and economic justice through the labor union movement
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Provide a faculty recommendation

Selection Process

  • It takes approximately a month to determine candidates that will move to the final phase of interviewing. This happens between the first and fourth weeks of March.
  • We will reach out to all candidates by phone or email to inform them if they will move on to the interviewing phase.
  • Interviews will take place during the first two weeks of April.
  • Selection of the cohort takes place in the second week of April.
  • We will reach out to make travel arrangements between April and May.
  • Orientation for the 2020 Union Scholars Program will take place June 5-7, 2020.

Selected Participants Will Receive:

Selected AFSCME Union Scholars will receive a three-day orientation to prepare for their internship. They will also receive a 10-week field placement in the summer of 2020, when the student will participate in a union organizing campaign in one of several locations across the United States. Students who enter the program as sophomores are eligible to return for a second year. Returning students may receive a 10-week summer placement at AFSCME headquarters in Washington, D.C. All chosen candidates will receive the following:

  • A stipend
  • On-site housing
  • A three-day orientation and training program prior to the field assignment
  • A three-day debriefing program after the internship is completed
  • Upon successful completion of the program, an academic scholarship based on financial need

2020 Program Dates

  • For students on a semester schedule: June 8 – August 14
  • For students on a quarter schedule: June 15 – August 21


  • Conducts one-on-one organizing, recruits supporters and leaders and guides their activities on behalf of the union, under the direction of their supervisor and mentor
  • Recruits volunteer organizers from within the AFSCME membership
  • Visits job sites to communicate with workers
  • Visits workers in their homes
  • Informs supervisor & mentor of developments and progress of organizing activity
  • Completes weekly reports (to be submitted to program coordinator)
  • Submits videography footage (to be submitted to program coordinator)
  • Reports to and takes direction from supervisor
  • Collaborates with mentor on projects

The Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize 2019

The Bernhardt Prize is an award of $500 given to an article that furthers the understanding of the history of working people.  Articles focused on historical events AND articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) that include historical context are both welcome.  The work should be published — in print or online — between August 1, 2018 and August 25, 2019.  The deadline for the 2018-2019 contest is August 25, 2019.


The prize will be given to insightful work that contributes to the understanding of labor history; shows creativity; demonstrates excellence in writing; and adheres to the highest journalistic standards of accuracy.   Only one entry per person; publications and subject matter should target the United States and Canada; neither books nor plays are eligible.


TO ENTER send an e-mail before midnight on Sunday August 25, 2019 to with the following information: author name; title of article; name of publication; date and place of publication; url link for article (if available); if no link is available attach a pdf of the article and of the front page of the publication.


The New York Labor History Association sponsors this award in order to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations.  The award is co-sponsored by LaborArts; Metro New York Labor Communications Council; the NYC  Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.  The contest committee is: Irwin Yellowitz, NYLHA; Rachel Bernstein, LaborArts; Gary Schoichet, Metro; Kate Whalen, NYC CLC; and Michael Koncewicz, Tamiment.


We are guided by the vision of the late Debra E. Bernhardt, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people. As head of the Wagner Labor Archives she reached out to an astonishing number of people and organizations, to document undocumented stories and unrecognized contributions, and to make links between past and present.  The LaborArts project is dedicated to Bernhardt, and the online exhibit “Making History Personal” explores her work.


Toni GIlpin received the 2017-18 Award for “A Louisville Union Built Its Strength as Blacks, Whites Took on International Harvester,” in Louisville Weekly,August 30, 2017.  She received the prize at the Bernhardt Labor Journalism Forum on October 16, 2018 – “2018 – The Year of the Teachers Strikes” with investigative journalists Micah Uetricht (Jacobin, In These Times) and Tom Robbins (CUNY).


Garret Keizer was the 2016-17 Award winner for his article “Labor’s Schoolhouse – Lessons from the Paterson SIlk Strike of 1913,” in Harper’s Magazine, July 2017.   The prize was awarded at the Third Annual Bernhardt Labor Journalism Forum on Thursday October 12, 2017 at Tamiment Library, with investigative journalists and labor activists Ginger Adams Otis(NY Daily News);  Michelle Chen (The Nation); and Ed Ott (CUNY) participating.


The 2015-2016 winner was Chloe Kent, for her article “The Women of New York’s Bravest” in Enchantress magazine, May 2016.  The award was announced at a forum at NYU’s Tamiment Library on October 13, 2016.  Columnist and broadcast journalist Juan Gonzalez joined historian Kimberly Phillips-Fein for a discussion about using history to improve reporting on current labor issues, with Tom Robbins returning as moderator; Jon Bloom spoke about Bernhardt.


The 2014-2015 prize was awarded on October 15, 2015 to David Kameras and Emily Harris for their May, 2014 article in the United Mine Workers Journal:  “From Tragedy to Triumph – 100 Years Later, Workers Benefit from Ludlow’s Legacy.”  The presentation was held at NYU’s Tamiment Library, following a program moderated by Tom Robbins, Investigative Journalist in Residence, Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY; with panelists Esther Kaplan, Editor, The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute; and Richard Steier, Editor, The Chief-Leader; Alex Bloom spoke about Bernhardt.

A Threat Within: Cybersecurity Virtual Internship Case Study

SLU’s Worker Education in collaboration with the Tech Incubator at Queens College and iQ4 is offering a free four-session course “Threat Within: Cybersecurity Virtual Internship Case Study​” in summer 2019.

This cybersecurity applied learning course is a non credit course, free of charge, to the SLU students and staff. The course is not highly technical and is designed to introduce students regardless of their major to cybersecurity, as an academic discipline and a career alternative.

This is an opportunity for students to develop/enhance their soft skills using cybersecurity as the use case. Students will be working in teams and presenting their weekly assignments to iQ4 volunteer, industry mentors.

Students will receive an iQ4 Certificate of Completion, upon completing the four session course, along with a Skills Passport, and a online next gen resume from iQ4.


2019-2020 Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship

The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) is currently recruiting for the 2019-2020 Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship. This program will provide an opportunity for nine Master’s Degree students to take a significant role in a high-impact, community-based project targeting a low- and moderate-income neighborhood. Fellows will receive a $20,000 stipend to serve in a part-time (20 hours a week), ten month (September 1st – June 30th) internship in a neighborhood-based community development corporation (the host organization). Projects may be in the fields of affordable housing, economic development, or community planning. A key objective of the program is to help train the next generation of community development leaders, so in addition to hands-on community development work, Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with leaders in New York City’s government, planning, and community development fields. If academic credit is available, the host organization will work with the Fellow and his or her educational institution towards securing this credit.

The nine host organizations have each designed a distinct, compelling community development project and the role for the Fellow within this project. Projects were chosen based on their impact, achievability and suitability, the learning experiences provided to the Fellows, evidence of the importance of the project to the host organization, and the strength of the host organization. Each host organization will play a significant role in choosing its Fellow. Fellows will be required to attend periodic networking and training events. In addition, Fellows will have access to all of ANHD’s regularly scheduled educational courses and conferences.



The selection process for Fellows has two phases. In phase one, ANHD will review all timely completed applications and select a pool of finalists. In phase two, finalists will be interviewed by host organizations. Fellows will be chosen from among these finalists (i.e., not all finalists will be selected as Fellows) and placed at host organizations based on the best match of skills and interests of the Fellow with the specific project and needs of the host organizations. While Fellows’ preferences for specific host organizations, projects, and neighborhoods will be taken into account, Fellows may be placed with any of the host organizations. Host organizations may be located anywhere within the five boroughs.



  1. At least one semester of Full-Time graduate studies completed (will have completed at least ¼ of the credits necessary to graduate as of September 1, 2019) in a two-year Urban Planning, Urban Policy, Public Administration, or related program.
  2. Availability for at least 3 days each week at the host organization
  3. Strong commitment to New York City’s neighborhoods.
  4. Respect for grassroots organizations.
  5. Familiarity with community planning and neighborhood development.
  6. Strong academic record.
  7. Previous experience with community development or community planning a plus.
  8. Bilingual a plus.
  9. Applicants must be available on Friday, April 26, 2019 for a full day of in-person interviews.

Learn more and apply here.