Employment and Labor Law Externship

Credit Hours: 3-4
Overseeing Professor: Jason R. Bent

About The Program

The Employment and Labor Law externship course involves field placement in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), or Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA).

Students placed with the EEOC are assigned actual cases, beginning with client intake and proceeding through investigation, including interaction with the employer and witnesses, review of documents, and determination of cause/no cause. Students placed with the NLRB will have the opportunity to study first-hand the role of the agency by participation in the investigation, preparation, and observation of hearings conducted by the agency. Students placed with OSHA will be involved in researching and investigating allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers under more than 20 different federal statutes and may also participate in inspections or investigations of potential violations of workplace safety or health standards.

Placement Locations

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Tampa)
  • National Labor Relations Board (Tampa)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Tampa)

Program Requirements

  • Hours per semester:
    • 128 hours for 3 credits
    • 170 hours for 4 credits
  • 25 pages of work product
  • Weekly timesheet and journal submission
  • Approximately 2 hours of class time, either in-person or remote, and 2-3 meetings or conference calls with professor during semester
  • 3-5-page paper at the conclusion of the semester