Internships with the Solidarity Center

Kailash Satyarthi and SC interns Jeff Wheeler Rebecca Watts Irene Koo Jennifer Bognar Sophie Rickles6.2015

Solidarity Center interns met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi in June 2015. Credit: Solidarity Center/Nalishha Mehta

At the Solidarity Center, interns actively participate in building and strengthening a global labor movement. As a nonprofit worker rights organization, the Solidarity Center seeks to assist and empower workers to ensure equitable and sustainable development through independent and democratic trade unions. The Solidarity Center works in more than 60 countries with 24 field offices across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The Solidarity Center also works on some of the global labor movement’s greatest challenges of the 21st century, including the informal economy, gender equality, rule of law and migration & human trafficking.

Solidarity Center interns work on substantive projects that contribute to the organization’s overall mission. Past interns have worked on varied projects, such as conducting research on intra-regional investment in the Gulf, assisting in planning an international conference on gender, writing portions of a report on the Nigerian oil industry and preparing news briefs on elections in Zimbabwe. Interns acquire critical skills in research, proposal writing and cross-cultural exchange.

Here’s What Former Solidarity Center Interns Have to Say

Monika Hartsel, who interned in the Asia Department in the summer of 2013, says she learned essential skills at the Solidarity Center: “I worked on research for various project proposals and then worked with the monitoring and evaluation team to make sure they were up to par. The proposal design process helped me to develop important technical skills I was able to utilize later while working with migrant workers in Cambodia.”

While interning in the Peru field office, Lawrence Goun spoke with local union members, government officials and business leaders. “I became so much more comfortable speaking in Spanish at a much higher level than I had ever reached in any of my Spanish classes in the United States.”

In addition to gaining valuable skills and experience, Solidarity Center interns leave with a deep understanding and appreciation of worker rights as a vital dimension of human rights.

Jeff Zimmer knew little about labor rights before interning at the Solidarity Center but has since become a program officer in the Solidarity Center Middle East and North Africa Department. He cites working on labor rights as “the easiest way to connect with people at the grassroots level of international development.”

Interns with a work or academic background in labor also say they come away with a better idea of where U.S. labor fits into the global union movement because of the broader perspective that a Solidarity Center internship provides. Most of all, interns leave the Solidarity Center with a clearer sense of what “solidarity” really means, after working with worker activists around the world striving to achieve equitable development for all in an ever more connected global economy.

Applying for a Solidarity Center Internship

The Solidarity Center is offering internships to undergraduate, post-graduate, law school, Ph.D. candidates, and recent university graduates during the summer 2016 in both Washington, D.C., and abroad. Solidarity Center internships provide a great opportunity to work for social change.

Interns are required to work 35 hours a week, 5 days a week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Interns will receive a stipend at the conclusion of their internship. However, interns are highly encouraged to seek out academic credit or financial support through their university or college to supplement their internship.

General Requirements

  • Demonstrated excellent writing skills.
  • Good qualitative and quantitative research skills.
  • Very good computer skills for Windows-based software including word processing, Power Point, and Excel.
  • Ability to produce deadline-driven work on time.
  • Familiarity with political, social and economic issues in the region (if applying for a regional internship).
  • Demonstrated interest in worker and human rights, social justice and the labor movement.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good judgment and ability to think independently and creatively.
  • Language skills are a plus.

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted until the summer positions are filled.

To apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3–5 pages) to Solidarity Center Internship Coordinator, Nalishha Mehta, at Please indicate the specific internship you are applying for in your cover letter as well as if you will be eligible to earn academic credit or funding through your university/college. If you are applying for more than one internship please submit a separate application for each internship. Please no telephone calls. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.