Prospective Students at New York Union Semester

Prospective Students at New York Union Semester

New York Union Semester is a full-time intensive academic and internship program that provides students with an opportunity to put their passion for social justice to work, both inside and outside the classroom.  New York Union Semester helps students develop a deeper understanding of the labor movement, while obtaining professional experience that can help build a career path in labor and social justice.

Applications for Fall 2017 due by June 1, 2017Apply Now

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I apply for New York Union Semester?

When should I apply for New York Union Semester?

Where are New York Union Semester interns placed?

Do Union Semester interns get paid?

How much does the program cost?

Where do students live?

What are the career prospects after completing the program?

Will my college or university accept the credits that I earn as a NY Union Semester student?

What if I’m already a CUNY student?

I have a BA, but not sure I want to go to graduate school. Can I do the undergrad program?

If I do the graduate program, does it count towards a Master’s degree in Labor Studies?

To speak with the NY Union Semester Coordinator, Sarah Hughes, call (212) 642-2075 or email unionsemester@sps.cuny.edu


How do I apply for New York Union Semester?

In order to qualify for admission to New York Union Semester, undergraduate applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and must have successfully completed 45 college credits before the start of the New York Union Semester. Graduate applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or a GPA of a 3.0 or higher in a post-baccalaureate program.

Qualified applicants will be contacted by the Program Coordinator for a phone interview.

If you have questions about whether the program is a good fit for you, contact the New York Union Semester Program Coordinator at (212) 642-2075 or unionsemester@sps.cuny.edu

Applications for Fall 2017 are due June 1, 2017 — Apply Now

When should I apply for New York Union Semester?

Applications for Spring 2016 are due November 1, 2016. Applications can only be submitted electronically and are accepted on a rolling basis. Early applications are given priority. Placements are limited and the selection process is competitive.

Where are New York Union Semester interns placed?

Union Semester has partnerships with a variety of unions, worker organizations and progressive coalitions and campaigns. Recent placements include: United Federation of Teachers, Laborer International Union of North America, Retail Action Project, the Fight for 15 campaign, 1199 Service Employees International Union, Writers Guild of America, Transport Workers Union Local 100, and the New York City Central Labor Council. Interns might be placed in a variety of departments, and might do a range of work including organizing workers, planning events, researching corporations, analyzing legislation and policy, facilitating education programs, writing for a union paper or developing social media. We try to pair students’ interests and experience with the needs of our partners.

Do Union Semester interns get paid?

Students accepted to New York Union Semester receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover living expenses during their semester in the program. This is paid out in checks every other week.

How much does the program cost?

With the exception of currently enrolled CUNY students, all students pay an application fee when submitting their applications ($70 for undergraduates, $125 for graduate students). Students are responsible for the tuition and fees, which is due the first day of class.

Undergraduate

Graduate

Application Fee           $70

Application Fee            $125

Tuition                    $3,165

Tuition                      $5,065

Technology Fee         $125

Technology Fee           $125

Consolidated Fee         $15

Consolidated Fee           $15

Your Cost              $3,375

Your Cost                $5,330

All tuition charges and fees are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York without prior notice. In the event of any increase in tuition charges and fees, payments already made to the CUNY School of Professional Studies will be treated as partial payment, and notification will be given of the additional amount due and the time and method of payment. Students are responsible for their travel to and from New York City, their tuition and fees, housing and other living expenses. Students who have concerns about managing their finances may speak with the New York Union Semester Program Coordinator who can answer questions, give suggestions for finding affordable housing and help students develop a budget.

Where do students live?

While room and board is the responsibility of each student, the NY Union Semester Program Coordinator can provide some useful resources and information about how to find appropriate housing.  Many students take apartments with friends or roommates or find rooms online. Others reside in non-profit student housing facilities, and the coordinator sends useful postings when they are available. We can also provide advice on neighborhoods and transportation.

What are the career prospects after completing the program?

Regardless of your interest in labor as a career, our alumni learn a great deal about the history of a social movement and the impacts that people can have on their work and world when acting collectively. Many of our alumni continue to work in the labor movement in a variety of roles including, as organizers, researchers, policy analysts, communications staff. The Murphy Institute has a large network of connections and we do our best to connect students with job opportunities, serve as references, and support alumni any way we can. Students also get valuable experience for resumes and references from their mentors. Alumni have also gone on to work in a wide range of fields, including as journalism, education, and the law.  Some of our students pursue graduate studies in labor and related disciplines.

Will my college or university accept the credits that I earn as a NY Union Semester student?

Students who successfully complete NY Union Semester earn a total of 16 undergraduate credits or 12 graduate credits. It is their responsibility to follow the procedures of their college or university for transferring these credits. Upon acceptance to the program, it is recommended that students consult with their faculty advisor and registrar concerning transfer-credit policies. Students who participate in NY Union Semester while they are not attending a college or graduate program will need to discuss transferring credits should they be accepted into such a program at a later date.

What if I’m already a CUNY student?

Currently CUNY students can apply for free and are eligible for the E-permit system.  The CUNY E-permit allows current CUNY students to register for courses offered at other CUNY colleges, while staying enrolled at their home school. Contact us for more details and before you submit your final application. Current CUNY students can apply for free. Contact the coordinator before submitting the application.

I have a BA, but not sure I want to go to graduate school. Can I do the undergrad program?

Sure, you have the option of doing either the undergrad or grad program. The undergrad program is less expensive and you will receive a Certificate in Labor Studies. The grad program offers a wider range of classes, including ones like Labor & Globalization and Strategic Corporate Research. In the Master’s program you will earn a 12 graduate credits and an Advanced Certificate in Labor Studies.

If I do the graduate program, does it count towards a Master’s degree in Labor Studies?

It does! In the grad program of Union Semester, students earn 12 credits. The MA in Labor Studies at the Murphy Institute requires 30 credits, so you are well on your way. If you think you might be interested in the MA, contact Laurie Kellogg at laurie.kellogg@cuny.edu