The Michigan AFL-CIO Fellowship Program is now accepting applications. We need students like you to help us fight to organize more workplaces and elect leaders who will build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

The Michigan AFL-CIO is a non-profit federation of labor unions that represents over 1 million working Michiganders. Part of our mission is to grow and develop the next generation of pro-worker advocates for change. That’s why we’ve created the Michigan AFL-CIO internship program, a paid opportunity that allows students to learn about the labor movement and fight for a pro-worker agenda at the state and local level. 

This is an incredibly exciting time to work in Michigan’s labor movement. For the first time in decades, a pro-worker majority in Michigan’s state legislature is strengthening workers rights.

We are constantly hiring passionate and dedicated Policy Associates for each semester. We also help place these students in future labor movement opportunities, when available. Past program graduates have gone on to work as organizers, campaign workers, researchers, law students, consultants, legislative aids, and more.

For more information, please email ahart@miaflcio.org. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are based on a competitive application process, with preference given to juniors and seniors who are interested in immediately being placed in jobs.


Joining the Michigan AFL-CIO as a Policy Associate through the Advocates internship program has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The team’s collaborative and creative nature has given me both space and structure to grow as a thinker and policymaker. Being able to participate on the ground floor of the labor movement has shown me the importance of local policy and the impact even one individual can have on the greater good. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity, and I cannot wait to continue protecting workers across the country!”


Abby Ratner

Senior at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy

The opportunity to be a policy associate for the Michigan AFL-CIO has been an irreplaceable experience. As a policy associate, the work I was doing expanded my knowledge and skill set while also having a tangible impact on the lives of workers across Michigan.”


Ben Vercellino

Senior at Michigan State University

Working at the Michigan AFL-CIO was one of my first introductions to the labor movement and labor policy. I learned a lot about issue areas such as employment discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, and I still carry my insights and skills with me today. I now work full-time at UNITE HERE! Local 25, a hospitality workers’ union in Washington D.C. where I remain fiercely committed to the economic welfare of the working class.”


Mahnoor Imran

Campaign Researcher at UNITE HERE! Local 25

Help Get the Word Out

Help us get the word out about our internship program! Share our flier and graphics with your community. To schedule an information session or to invite us to speak before any clubs or organizations about the opportunity, reach out to ahart@miaflcio.org.