Social and Economic Justice Internships

Learn: social science research methods
Apply: methods in real world action research community projects
Engage: with social justice campaigns and community organizers

Internships at the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP), the Labor Center’s bridge between the academic and research world and the community, are designed for students to gain practical field research experience on applied social science projects dealing with issues such as: wages and working conditions, job quality, workforce development, trends in labor and employment, high road development, housing, health care, immigration, marginalization, social and political inequalities, and other issues of concern to low-wage, marginalized, and middle income workers and their families.  

"My internship at RISEP has been the best experience of my undergraduate career. I learned many skills and under the guidance of the RISEP research team, I saw myself grow both professionally and personally. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in becoming involved with research in the field of social justice." - Daniela, RISEP Intern

Internship Opportunities may include:

Research and Policy Internships

Field Research | Research and Policy Work | Data Analysis | Writing Research Briefs or Fact Sheets | Participation in Policy Forums and Conferences

Media and Communications Internships

Develop Content for Labor Center Website, Social Media, Newsletter, and Other Media Platforms | Develop and Promote Press Releases and Statements, Fact Sheets, Videos, and News Media

Service Learning Internships

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Internship Courses

Students can enroll to gain Academic Credit for the internships and directed studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels:


  • LBS 3943 Internship in Labor Studies
  • LBS 4900 Directed Study in Labor Studies

Graduate Students:

  • LBS 6906 Directed Individual Study
  • LBS 6945 Internship in Labor Studies / Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

For more information on the internship programs or the Labor Center’s certificate programs please contact: Johanna Hodgson, Program Manager , at for further information.