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Labor Studies at Hofstra  University

Internships, Careers  & Scholarship

Our Labor Studies Internship Course, LABR 170, offers students the chance to earn course credits and practical work experience with a corporation, community organization, labor union, or other non-profit employer. The three credit option requires students to work at an approved off-campus site at least six hours per week, and to spend three hours weekly in related academic activities specified by the faculty advisor.  The six credit internship option requires at least twelve hours weekly at the approved off-campus organization and six hours of related academic work.

Each student internship is required to be organized and supervised by a full-time faculty member of the program. The Internship course counts towards fulfillment of one of the five elective course categories required for completion of the B.A. degree in Labor Studies.

To identify appropriate internships, we partner with the Hofstra Career Center. Students interested in obtaining an internship are strongly encouraged to first visit the Career Center Website and take advantage of the Handshake System, accessible through the Hofstra Career Hub. This system enables jobseekers to upload resumes, review employer internship offers, apply for internships and much more.

Once you find an internship vacancy that you are interested in and qualify for, contact the Labor Studies Office via email to make sure that your internship meets the requirements to qualify it for LABR 170 credits and to be assigned a Faculty Internship Advisor.

Career Options

What can you do with a Labor Studies education after graduation? Job-seeking graduates invariably find this major to be a great asset for a wide range of careers:

  • Business (particularly human resources)
  • Forensic Economics
  • Government
  • Higher Education
  • Journalism
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Labor Unions
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Policy Research
  • Public Relations
  • Social Justice Organizations

A Labor Studies education also prepares students for graduate programs in labor and industrial Relations or in another related area such as business, economics, education, journalism, law, media, public administration and the social sciences.

Among 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates who majored in labor studies, 88% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who reported employment, 100% found a job within six months of graduation. Of those who reported a salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $42,000.
Some examples of places where our recent Economics and Labor Studies alumni are employed are:

  • Altice USA, Inc.
  • Chase Bank
  • Empire Financial Partners of New York
  • Foresters Financial
  • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
  • NYC Housing Authority
  • Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management
  • Wells Fargo & Co
  • YMCA of Greater New York

Some examples of institutions where our alumni are pursuing graduate studies are:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • George Mason University
  • Hofstra University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern Law School
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Washington and Lee University

Career Information is available on many professional websites. For a list of helpful career sites click here.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.


Long Island Labor Studies Scholarship
Labor & Employment Relations Association

Each year, the Long Island chapter of the Labor & Employment Relations Association awards scholarships to outstanding sophomore and junior Labor Studies students enrolled in Long Island universities. Any sophomore or junior year student who majors or minors in Labor Studies and has an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher qualifies. More information is available on their website. Interested students should contact the Labor Studies office, via email by February 15 for aide in applying for the scholarship.