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Women Innovating Labor Leadership
WILL Empower

Apprenticeship Program

WILL Empower invites applications to its selective Apprenticeship Program, a new program designed to identify and recruit activists who are interested in trying out a job in the economic justice movement.  The paid apprentices work for three to twelve months with unions and worker organizations across the nation.

WILL Empower (Women Innovating Labor Leadership) is a newly-launched, multipronged initiative designed to identify, nurture, and train a new generation of women’s labor leadership. It is a joint project of Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor and Rutgers University’s Center for Innovation in Working Organization.

The WILL Empower apprentices may work in a variety of capacities, including organizing, research, communications, politics, mobilization, and policy.  Apprentices will be part of a formal mentorship program, with mentors both within and outside of the host organization, and will receive an initial WILL Empower training. 

The first group of apprentices will begin work in the fall of 2018. Apprentices earn an average of $15 an hour, or the salaried equivalent, during the three to twelve month program. The program is a full-time job training experience.

Following successful completion of the program, WILL Empower staff work with program graduates on job identification and recommendation.
Applications are due June 15, 2018.  Click here for the application


  • A proven commitment to social and economic justice;
  • A strong interest in being part of a program designed to build a new generation of women’s labor leadership;
  • An interest in working long-term in a worker-based organization;
  • Solid leadership skills;
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills;
  • Proven experience in at least one of the areas of apprenticeship focus: organizing, policy, research, communications, politics or mobilization. Experience with student organizations and / or local unions counts.
  • People of color, people under the age of 35, and bilingual individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. LBTQ applicants welcome.
  • Note that this is not an internship for full-time students.  Rather, the apprenticeship is a full-time job training experience.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Rutgers University and Georgetown University are Equal Opportunity employers.

For more information contact: willempower.labor@gmail.com

Questions & Answers on WILL Empower Apprenticeship

How does the selection process work?
Applicants should fill out the application and upload a resume by June 15, 2018.  WILL Empower staff will select applicants for an interview process.  Final selection will be by July, 2018.

When would I begin work?
The inaugural WILL Empower Apprentices will begin work in the fall of 2018. The exact date depends on the needs of the host organization and the apprentice’s schedule. 

Are the apprenticeships only with unions?
No. Apprenticeships can be with many kinds of worker organizations or economic justice organizations. 

How long will the apprenticeship last?
The apprenticeship can last between 3 and 12 months, depending on what the host organization and the apprentice each need. 

How much does the apprenticeship pay?
The apprentice will earn an average of $15 an hour, or the equivalent salary.  Hours worked per week may vary by organization.

Do you provide housing?
No, we do not provide housing.

Do you provide health care or other benefits?
Some apprentices will access benefits through the host organization, but this is not guaranteed. 

Will I get to talk to the host organization before I start?
Yes, before we offer a placement, we will connect you with the organization to make sure it is a good match.

Will I have mentoring support?
Yes, each apprentice will have at least two mentors; one within the host organization and one outside the host organization.  Apprentices also talk frequently with WILL Empower staffers.

Is this only for Washington, DC?
No, the apprenticeships are based across the country, and can be seated in organizations that work at the national, regional or local level.

Do I have to have a college degree?
No, a college degree is not required.  The apprenticeship, however, is not an internship for full-time students; it is a full-time job training program. 

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.