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AFSCME/Harvard Union Scholars Program
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Deanna Nagle

Major: Labor Studies
Minor: Business and the Liberal Arts
Hometown: State College

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this internship through the student organization United Students Against Sweatshops. They work closely with unions and have many connections.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This past summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with an amazing union, AFSCME, through their Union Scholars Program. The Union Scholars Program brings young activists together to support campaigns that will help improve the work lives of public sector workers. I spent 10 weeks in Louisville, Kentucky where I participated in union negotiations, mediations, grievance hearings, rallies, discipline hearings, internal organizing and more. I received first-hand experience on how unions work and met wonderful people who passed on knowledge and taught me skills I will use for the rest of my life. At the end of the internship I had the opportunity to attend a union education program at Harvard University (AFSCME’s partner in the Union Scholars Program) and officially graduated from Harvard Law School’s the Labor and Work Life Program. This was a great once-in-a-lifetime experience for which I will be forever grateful!

I received first-hand experience on how unions work and met wonderful people who passed on knowledge and taught me skills I will use for the rest of my life.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience taught me a lot about unions and organizing. I came back to campus with a lot more knowledge and felt ready to take on more this coming school year.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My current career goals are to work for a union or social justice organization after graduation. From this experience I have a gained a ton of contacts from people all over the country working in different areas of organizing. I feel confident that with the connections I made I will be able to find a place that fits my career goals after graduation.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I definitely would recommend this internship to other students. It was an amazing experience where I learned a lot about organizing and about myself. It was a life changing experience!

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