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National Labor Relations Board – Washington, D.C.

Summer 2013 Fellow: Mark Gonzalez

Faculty Mentor: William Gould

Office Description: 

NLRB is an independent Federal agency established by the Congress to administer the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB accomplishes its statutory objective by encouraging collective bargaining between representatives of employees and employers in the private sector. NLRB fellows conduct labor law research, present their findings to the Chairman of the Board, and, in some cases, have the opportunity to publish their own work. Working essentially as legal interns, fellows have had to prepare bench memos, a process which entails performing legal research, as well as reading relevant cases, precedents, books, and law review articles. For more information, please visit the National Labor Relations Board’s official website.

Projects Fellows Have Worked on in the Past:

  • Partnering with different attorneys in different departments of the board, fellows have worked on cases including unfair labor practice complaints, representation (union election) cases, subpoena cases, default judgment cases, and wage and hour cases
  • Worked with a group of attorneys who have been creating a “practice guide of the board’s rules and regulations”

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Willingness to work on legal cases that involve substantial research and paper work
  • Interest in and passion for law, particularly labor law and willingness to learn about labor relations
  • Patient, hard-working, cooperative

Desired Skills, Experience, and Coursework:

  • Experience working in a professional workplace
  • Ability to perform research thoroughly and efficiently
  • Comfort speaking and presenting work publicly
  • Strong oral skills; confident and comfortable presenting work publicly
  • Strong reading comprehension and writing skills
  • Familiarity with legal concepts, reading and writing style
  • Recommended coursework- Introduction to American Law

Main Fellowship Disciplines:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics
  • Political Science


All work done in English.