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Bridges Center Scholarships and Internship Opportunities

Labor and Social Justice Scholarships at the University of Washington

Are you an undergrad passionate about social justice? A graduate student writing a dissertation on a labor-related topic? A busy activist building a student group or union campaign? 

You are in luck! Each year, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies awards over $50,000 in scholarships at the University of Washington. The Bridges Center is currently seeking applicants from all three UW campuses and from students at all stages of education and experience, graduate and undergraduate.  

One application is required for a host of individual awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.   

How to Apply?

One application is required to be considered for multiple awards. Visit to learn more about the application process.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 28, 2019.  

Who Should Apply?

Scholarships are awarded yearly to entering freshmen, transfer students, current undergraduate students or graduate students at the University of Washington who are committed to the principles of justice, equality and diversity and have demonstrated financial need. Students with an interest in labor studies or a family background in labor and social justice are encouraged to apply. 

To receive some awards, students must demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Low-income, non-citizen students unable to file a FAFSA due to immigration status may instead complete the free Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Those who do not meet FAFSA requirements will still be considered for scholarships offered by the Bridges Center. 

Paid Social Justice Internship Positions for Youth in the Seattle Area

Union Summer 2019 – Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Are you or anyone you know interested in working for social change? Union Summer is a paid ($16/hour) summer internship program, sponsored by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, for people interested in getting involved in the labor movement. 

Union Summer participants will spend an exciting six weeks, from June 25 – August 3 working full-time and hands-on with different campaigns—talking to our community, marching for justice, and gaining first-hand experience in the movement.

The positions are based in and around Seattle, but campaigns may take place throughout our region. For more information about last year’s Union Summer, click here. Questions? E-mail 



 “My mom has worked union jobs, so I knew what workers can accomplish together. As Union Summer interns we participated in campaigns with workers all over the region. Union Summer has led to so many opportunities and experiences that have continued even after the summer. I really grew personally from these experiences. I have learned to believe in myself so I can lead others and help them fight for themselves.” – Anita Ibarra, Union Summer Intern 

Organizing Beyond Barriers (OBB) – UNITE-HERE, Local 8 

Organizing Beyond Barriers (OBB), UNITE HERE’s binationally coordinated internship program, builds a progressive alliance of workers, students and community activists by training, agitating, and inspiring people to fight for justice. We place a lot of emphasis on training and fieldwork. People learn by doing, whether it’s hearing about the real situations of working people in a house visit, doing research on a corporation, speaking truth to power on a delegation, or recruiting friends, family, or coworkers to an action. UNITE HERE is committed to inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to join our movement.

The Program: Workers, students and community activists across the United States and Canada come together for trainings and internships ranging from one day to 8 weeks to learn how to organize or do campaign research. OBB organizing and research interns are deeply engaged in pushing forward union organizing campaigns. The OBB program connects the workers’ rights movement with student-led movements, struggles for justice for LGBTQ people, Black Lives Matter, the immigrants’ rights movement and other struggles for economic and social justice.

Applications open from mid-April to end of May 2019. For more information or to apply: Contact Natalie Kelly, Lead Organizer, 206-963-3637,