Improve your union skills as a CSEA intern

Any CSEA member in good standing can apply for acceptance into the Member Intern Program (MIP) to do an internship with a Labor Relations Representative.

The internship will last approximately 100 calendar days. If selected for the program, you will be provided with a meaningful and exciting opportunity to develop your skills in the field of organized labor. You will work alongside a CSEA staff professional, who will assist you in acquiring knowledge and skills to help you realize your career goals – possibly with CSEA. Completing an internship will give you an exciting new perspective and toolbox of skills that will help you represent yourself and other members more effectively.

The MIP Committee oversees the intern program and is composed of two CSEA board members, one who serves as the chairperson, and three at-large members appointed by the Association President. The committee is also supported and assisted by a staff coordinator. The MIP Committee chairperson and members are available at any time to answer your questions and to provide support to each intern during their internship.

The committee reviews all fully completed applications received by the posted application deadline for each cycle. A screening committee will also conduct personal interviews and forward qualified applicants and their applications to the CSEA Association President for final selection. The elements that the screening committee will consider in their review include, but are not limited to:

  • The applicant’s understanding of CSEA and the MIP.
  • The applicant’s availability.
  • The applicant’s access to reliable transportation.
  • The applicant’s ability to be away from their family for extended periods of time.
  • The applicant’s responses on their application.
  • The applicant’s answers to questions during the interview.
  • The availability of staff mentors.
  • The number of applicants applying.
  • Diversity balance of the intern program.

Successful applicants will be required to complete an Intern Agreement and attend a mandatory orientation as a condition of their internship. Successful applicants will also be required to relinquish any official CSEA position they hold during the term of their internship.

For more information about this program, contact Nancy Hurd.