Steelworker Summer

Steelworker Summer

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What is Steelworker Summer?

Steelworker Summer is an educational and training internship in which participants develop skills useful for union growth by experiencing firsthand the kinds of struggles workers face while trying to win a voice at work and in the community. It is also designed to give participants an understanding and appreciation of the positive impact unions have had on the lives of working men and women.

Steelworker Summer is a program for young adults who want experience working for social justice firsthand. Ideally, interns will remain active after Steelworker Summer by educating others about the value of the labour movement, possibly forming student/labour action coalitions, becoming union organizers, or contributing in some other way to the labour movement.

Internships are open to young adults, 17 years of age or older. Preference for selection is given to children of members of the United Steelworkers.
Steelworker Summer is about uniting students, workers, and community activists to create social justice in workplaces and communities.

Where is Steelworker Summer held?

Steelworker Summer 2018 will be located in the USW District 3 office in Burnaby, British Columbia as well as prospective locations throughout Western Canada to be determined as such, we are accepting applications throughout District 3 and efforts will be made to select applicants in their home area. Where this cannot be done, travel and billeting or other accommodations will be arranged.

What kinds of qualifications are needed to participate in Steelworker Summer?

Applicants should have a strong commitment to social and economic justice, as well as an openness to working with a broad cross section of people. This includes people of all equality-seeking groups, including, but not only, women, people with disabilities and people of colour. Participants need to be people-oriented, enthusiastic, energetic and willing to work a challenging and flexible schedule. A college degree is not required. Previous union experience is not necessary. Volunteerism or activism is a plus.

What do Steelworker Summer interns do?

Steelworker Summer 2018 will take place in July and August. Participants will be assigned to various projects where they will work with USW members and staff to help workers in their fight for workplace or community justice. Activities may include visiting workers in their homes, leafleting job sites, organizing demonstrations and other forms of direct action. 

Do Steelworker Summer interns get paid?

Steelworker Summer is not a job but an educational internship. Participants will receive a stipend of $650 per week to cover meals and other incidental expenses. Taxes will be deducted from the stipend. Transportation to and from the assigned sites will be covered by the program, along with housing and other local transportation costs. Out-of-town participants will be billeting.

Where does Steelworker Summer take place? Can an intern choose where they will go?

Placement is based on many factors including the experience level of the participant, the needs of a particular campaign and the availability of staff to work with interns. We will consider individual preferences for locations, but successful applicants must be flexible.

You can apply using the below form or by using this PDF form and email it to steelworkersummer@usw.ca.