Are you or anyone you know interested in working for social change?

Union Summer is the paid ($16/hour) summer internship program for people interested in getting involved in the labor movement. Organized through the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, Union Summer participants will spend an exciting six weeks — June 25-August 3 — working full-time and hands-on with different campaigns — talking to our community, marching for justice, and gaining first-hand experience in the movement. The positions are based in and around Seattle, but campaigns may take place throughout the region.

Click here for a short video on Union Summer 2019 and to hear from previous interns. 

Sound good? Submit your application today! The deadline to apply is Friday, May 17, 2019. Also, download and post this flier about these Union Summer opportunities. 

This year, for the first time ever, a specific Union Summer position will be available to a current or recent University of Washington student! For more information about this opportunity, please contact Labor Studies undergraduate advisor Yasmin Ahmed at or (206) 543-7537.

The program is broken up into 3 main components: education, actions, and on the job training. An average week may be:

  • TUESDAY: Attend a rally at the airport to support striking flight attendants, followed by 4 hours registering people to vote at a farmers market.
  • WEDNESDAY: 8 hours of phone calls to union members reminding them to turn in their ballot for their union.
  • THURSDAY: Filing for the office manager, running to the post office, and attending a lobbying meeting with your supervisor and the Mayor.
  • FRIDAY: Education day. 8 hours in the classroom learning about the history of the labor and social justice movements in the Pacific Northwest.
  • SATURDAY: 4 hours doing house visits in 80-degree weather talking to union members about local politics and elections.

If you have any general questions about Union Summer, send them to