Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fall internship opportunity, Bloomington Jobs With Justice

Here is an exciting opportunity for a fall internship! 

Also, if you are interested in taking the HIST-A 379 course on US Labor History in the fall, there will be an option to add 1 credit of PACE-C 410 to that course for projects such as the ones listed below.


Bloomington Jobs With Justice, Wage Theft Committee

Fall 2012 Internship

Jobs With Justice (JWJ) [] is a national social justice organization that brings together labor unions, faith groups, community organizations, and student activists to fight for working people’s rights.

Prospective interns can meet with Prof. Lichtenstein if they have further questions. Please contact him at, or 812-855-7504. His office is BH816.

The Bloomington Chapter of JWJ recently established a “Wage Theft Committee.” Wage theft consists of employers’ violating local, state, and federal minimum wage laws; forcing employees to work uncompensated overtime or “off the clock”; misclassifying employees in order to underpay them; and a host of other methods of cheating workers of their hard-earned pay. Frequently the most vulnerable workers—immigrants, non-English speakers, single mothers, youth, unorganized low-wage workers, temp workers—are the most easily taken advantage of by employers.

The wage theft initiative seeks 1-2 interns committed to social justice, workers’ rights, and immigrants’ rights who will help JWJ to investigate, expose, and combat these practices in the Bloomington community. Interns will engage in some of the following projects, depending on their skills and interests:

·         Researching relevant federal, state, and local laws regarding wage theft

·         Preparing a brochure explaining to workers their rights and their possible recourse if they believe they are a victim of wage theft

·         Identifying, collecting and documenting individual stories of workers who have been victims of wage theft

·         Working with local labor unions, faith organizations, and social service agencies to identify potential information clearinghouses on wage theft

·         Publicizing the issue of wage theft in the local community by conducting informal workshops and/or preparing a PACE “Issues Forum”

·         Creating an informational webpage for the JWJ Wage Theft Committee

·         Researching and writing a grant proposal for long-term funding of a Bloomington area workers’ center

The relevant skills for this internship include the ability to conduct independent research, computer skills to create a publication and/or webpage, comfort with meeting and talking to diverse groups of people, interview skills, and ideally, bilingualism (Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Korean are all possibilities).

The intern will be supervised by Prof. Alex Lichtenstein of the history department. Prof. Lichtenstein will be teaching A379 US Labor History in the fall semester, and students may want to consider taking that class in conjunction with this internship.

Recommended readings for the internship include Kim Bobo, Wage Theft in America and Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed.

Students should discuss earning internship credit with their departments or the Career Development Center.