Organizing Institute Apprenticeship Program

The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute runs a highly selective training program for talented individuals committed to social justice who want to be union organizers. Trainees who successfully complete the paid, 12-week apprenticeship program will be recommended to unions looking to expand their organizing programs. Starting salaries for union organizers are competitive and have excellent benefits.

We are not accepting applications to the OI Apprenticeship Program at this time.

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OI 3-Day Training. An intensive weekend training program for prospective organizers. Participants are taught the fundamentals of union organizing. Housing and meals are provided.

Apprenticeship Program. Selected prospective organizers enter a 12-week apprenticeship program. Apprentices receive a weekly stipend of $600 (less taxes). Transportation, housing and health insurance are provided.

Job Placement. The Organizing Institute recommends program graduates for organizing jobs with local and national unions. Ninety percent of apprentices are hired as union organizers.


  • Passion and commitment to social justice;
  • Able to adapt and learn from new and challenging experiences;
  • Solid communication and leadership skills;
  • Able to travel extensively and/or relocate;
  • A valid driver’s license;
  • Union, student or community organizing experience preferred;
  • People of color, women and bilingual individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

In some instances, unions may hire participants recommended from the 3-Day Training without going through the Apprenticeship Program.