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Fair Labor Association Fellowship

Overview

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) seeks to provide a current graduate or an advanced undergraduate student of the University of Michigan with an internship opportunity to learn about labor and human rights issues and challenges in agricultural and apparel supply chains. The Fair Labor Association Fellowship is supported jointly by U-M President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) and the Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) at the University of Michigan.  

The FLA brings together business, civil society and universities to learn, share, and collaborate in responsible supply chain practices. The challenges in agricultural supply chains are complex and multi-faceted, and increasingly, investors, consumers, workers, governments, and civil society organizations are demanding that companies not only understand their supply chain, but are accountable to the workers. Universities have historically played a key role in moving the apparel supply chains toward responsible practices at FLA.

The intern will support the FLA’s efforts to address supply chain challenges in food procurement in collaboration with universities and large institutional food buyers. The student intern will map the landscape of university food procurement practices; identify existing practices and universities’ engagement points in the supply chains; and develop engagement strategies and practical and useful documents for the universities. These activities will require engagements with various university procurement staff and other contacts. As time permits, the intern will also support the social impact assessments piloted at FLA to evaluate the impacts on workers in apparel and agricultural sectors.

Key Deliverables: Development of summaries of various tasks and activities; a recommendation report and presentation to the FLA, PACLSHR, and DHRC.

Working Relationships: The intern will start the work in Ann Arbor to better understand the University of Michigan food supply chain and then continue in Washington, DC with the Fair Labor Association; estimated time in Ann Arbor is about 10 days and remaining time will be in Washington, DC. The intern will work in collaboration with the PACLSHR, DHRC, the University of Michigan Procurement, Michigan Dining, and the FLA.

Preferred Start Date: TBA

Duration of Internship: 10 weeks

Compensation: The PACLSHR and DHRC will provide funding for this internship and the intern will receive a stipend of $6,000 plus one round trip travel expense from Detroit to Washington, DC.

Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • Graduate student or advanced undergraduate student with at least two years of college education completed will be considered
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, with an ability to learn mapping software and others
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational and communication skills with an ability to obtain information through phone conversations
  • Ability to present the nuanced information and data, turning such information data into useful formats
  • Strong business acumen to include successful completion of fundamental business classes highly preferred
  • Interest in social (labor and human rights) issues

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled in full-time advanced undergraduate (at least two years of completed college education), graduate, or professional degree programs at the University of Michigan. Students graduating in WN21 or SP/SU21 are not eligible to apply. Students must return to campus for at least one semester after completion of this internship.

Application Procedure

Applicants are to submit materials by email to PACLSHRApplications@umich.edu. Enter “PACLSHR+DHRC FLA Internship” as the subject line and do not include any additional text in the email.

Include as attachments in PDF format:

  1. A current CV/resume
  2. A 150-300-word statement explaining your interest in this internship
  3. Current transcripts. Wolverine Access (un)official copies are acceptable for this purpose

Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the PACLSHR, DHRC, and the FLA. Applicants are encouraged to email questions to PACLSHRApplications@umich.edu.

Application Deadline: TBA

About

Fair Labor Association (FLA)

FLA is a collaborative effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world. We are an international organization with a dedicated staff and board, headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in China, and Switzerland.

FLA places the onus on companies to voluntarily meet internationally recognized labor standards wherever their products are made. We offer:

President's Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR)

The University of Michigan President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights is appointed by the U-M President to provide advice concerning University policies and procedures to address labor issues in the production of University of Michigan goods (items sold with the University of Michigan’s name, logos, or other symbols). The Committee includes students, faculty, and staff and reports its recommendations to the U-M President.

Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC)

The Donia Human Rights Center is a forum for intellectual exchange on issues around human rights among scholars, practitioners, students, and the broader public. Toward that end, we invite leading practitioners and scholars to share their insights and expertise on human rights gained through their experiences and research. We also offer internship and study-abroad opportunities to students that would enhance their understanding of contemporary human rights issues and equip them with the tools to tackle challenging human rights problems around the world.