International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)

Washington, DC

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) proudly represents around 203,000 members across the United States and Canada. SMART’s membership consists of sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production workers, and more.

Our summer fellowship program offers an unparalleled chance to learn firsthand how an international union operates. You will spend ten weeks shadowing our House Counsel, whose daily responsibilities include advising SMART’s General President on issues arising under the SMART Constitution, providing legal support to SMART’s Organizing Department on everything from conventional, bottom-up organizing drives to strategic, “comprehensive” campaigns, drafting and reviewing SMART policies and programs, and creating innovative trainings for our staff and local unions. One of the more memorable assignments our 2020 Fellow completed was putting together a “dossier” on an employer’s shameful environmental and labor practices that was then shared with the employer’s investors.

SMART’s Legal Department is staffed with one and a half attorneys, so you will be kept busy with a wide variety of assignments and work very closely with them. Our attorneys are not far removed from law school, so they have a fresh understanding of what makes a good summer job, as well as a sincere interest in developing the next generation of union lawyers. To that end, you will have informal, daily check-ins with our House Counsel and you will be invited to attend every meeting they do. We can guarantee you will leave the fellowship with at least one major writing sample.

SMART will work with fellows to arrange for remote work for the summer if SMART is operating remotely or with remote options at that time.
Applicants should possess a demonstrated interest in the labor movement and worker advocacy. 2Ls who will have taken a labor law class by the end of their 2L year are preferred. In addition to the basic application requirements, applicants for this fellowship must also submit a legal writing sample and law school transcript.

The fellowship will last 10 weeks, with a total stipend of $8,000.

Address cover letter to:
Luke Rebecchi, House Counsel
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
1750 New York Ave, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006