WILL Empower Apprentice

The WILL Empower Apprenticeship Program is a paid opportunity for recent college graduates and rank-and-file activists to explore what it’s like to work for the labor and workers’ justice movement, and to gain the skills and knowledge you need to begin making a difference.   

Consider applying to be a 2019 WILL Empower apprentice. Applications are now open, and are due April 15, 2019. Apprentices will begin work in September 2019. Find out more here on our Apprenticeship information guide.     

WILL Empower apprentices work for 3-12 months with unions and worker organizations across the nation. The WILL Empower apprentices may work in a variety of capacities, including organizing, research, communications, politics, mobilization, and policy. Pay starts at $15 an hour. 

The inaugural apprentice class in 2018 included five apprentices at four host sites:  the North Carolina AFL-CIO (Raleigh); Jobs to Move America (New York); the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Washington, DC) and Jobs  with Justice (Washington, DC).  

Each WILL Empower apprentice has two female mentors, one inside the host organization and one who is external to the organization.  WILL Empower apprentices participate in an orientation and training in early September at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, before beginning their placements.   

“I left the gathering with a renewed commitment to fighting for economic, racial, and gender justice in my life/career and in what I hope and believe will be lifelong, supportive relationships with women who have already helped me become a better version of myself,” wrote Lorelei Christie in a blog post about her experience as a 2018 WILL Empower apprentice.