American Federation of Teachers

American Federation of Teachers

Research Fellowship
Research and Strategic Initiatives Department

Based in Washington, DC

The American Federation of Teachers is seeking a current student (or recent graduate) for a twelve-month fellowship to work with the AFT to develop collective bargaining resources for AFT affiliates around four core issues: student debt, investment in public institutions, safe and healthy workplaces, and professionalism. Under the supervision of the AFT’s Research and Strategic Initiatives department, the Fellow will assist with the development of collective bargaining reference guides for affiliates advancing these issues in bargaining. The fellow will also provide general research support to affiliates in bargaining as assigned. The fellow will be responsible for working with AFT staff to develop a research plan, working toward the creation of specific deliverables by the fellowship’s conclusion.

Fellowship Terms:

  • The fellowship must be approved by the student’s college and/or academic advisor or be directly related to the candidate’s field of study;
  • The fellow is expected to commit twelve months to the fellowship and final project;
  • At least 15 hours each week during the academic year and 25-35 hours per week during the summer will be spent at AFT headquarters in Washington D.C. if currently enrolled in school.
  • Compensation shall be $20.00 per hour of work at AFT, plus travel and expenses, as necessary.

The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.6 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide. Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT's membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

To Apply
Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to the Director of Human Resources, adminjobs@aft.org.

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