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Labor Summer 2024

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What is Labor Summer?

The Labor Summer Fellowship brings together San Diego and Imperial Valley students and local labor organizations who share a vision for worker justice. Over the course of an 8-week, full-time, paid placement with their host organization, fellows will engage in projects that build worker power on the ground and strengthen the social justice mission of the broader labor movement.

In addition to organizing experience, fellows will receive dedicated mentorship, as well as leadership and professional development training. Fellows will also join a UC-wide Labor Center network — a launchpad for labor-aligned jobs after graduation. Past Labor Summer fellows have gone on to work full-time with labor organizations; others have brought the experience gained to organizing efforts on campus and in their community.

For students passionate about workers' rights — whether you are already organizing for social justice, or looking to start — Labor Summer is an invitation to join this historic moment in organized labor

Imperial Valley Labor Summer: We are excited to open Labor Summer 2024 applications to students and recent graduates located in Imperial County. Fellows will be placed with local worker organizations in Imperial County, and will attend the opening retreat and graduation alongside the San Diego cohort.

Applications for Imperial Valley Labor Summer must be submitted by May 3, 2024. Please apply here.

Applicant Information

Please reference the Labor Summer Application Guide and FAQ for full details on the application and program. Applications for Imperial Valley are currently open. For further inquiry, contact the Labor Center team at


Undergraduates will be compensated at a rate of $22/hr; graduates at $24/hr.


Labor Summer is open to all local college undergraduate and graduate students, as well as new graduates (degree conferred in 2022 or later). Prior experience working directly in organized labor is not required. We encourage students from a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and identities to apply.

We are committed to supporting applicants regardless of immigration status; undocumented youth, youth with DACA or TPS, etc. are welcomed to apply. For non-UCSD undocumented students, support mechanisms will be assessed on an individual basis (e.g. based on institution); please contact 

Labor Summer Dates

Opening Retreat June 20 – 22, 2024
Summer Placement June 24 – Aug. 14, 2024
Graduation Aug. 15 – 16, 2024

See the experience of our 2023 Fellows: