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National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

Field Placement Supervisor
Sandra Hightower

Field Placement Office
Region 15, 600 South Maestri Place, 7th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70130

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is comprised of a team of professionals who work to assure fair labor practices and workplace democracy nationwide. Since its creation by Congress in 1935, this small, highly respected, independent Federal agency has had daily impact on the way America's companies, industries and unions conduct business. Agency staff members investigate and remedy unfair labor practices by unions and employers. They also conduct elections to determine whether employees wish to be represented by a union, and if so, which union.

Externship Requirements
It is preferable that the candidates have strong research and writing skills, as well as strong academic credentials, and, although not required, that they have taken labor law classes.

Course recommendations: 
Students may want to "tether" a doctrinal upper level elective to this externship experience.  For a tethered experience, the Office of Skills and Experiential Learning recommends students enroll in any of following courses the same semester as enrolled in this externship: Employment Law, Employment Discrimination. 

Application Process
Don't delay as opportunities will fill fast. Apply in early January through early April for a summer placement. The Office of Skills seeks to place all summer extern applications in by April 20th with finalized placements set by May 1st. Apply in early March through June for a Fall or Spring placement. All externship applications for Fall should be submitted by July 31st. Externship applications are processed on a first come first serve basis.