The Human Rights Campaign is an organization devoted to the social welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. The core of their mission is to achieve equality for these individuals in all facets of life. HRC typically takes between 25-33 interns each term (fall, summer, or spring). Each intern has a supervisor specific to the program in which they are working. There are 25 different program areas ranging from development/fundraising, policy/grassroots, finance, social media, or educational programs.
In every program, each intern experiences a mix of duties that includes a healthy balance between administrative/professional (e.g., data entry, power point creation, thank you letters, mailing resources) and educational tasks related to each program. Development interns gain an understanding of non-profit management, fundraising, donor relations and research while government affairs and field interns learn how to create an effective campaign, lobby elected officials, “get out the vote”, and solicit grass roots support for HRC goals. Interns among the various foundation programs gain experience working with faith institutions, corporate America, global entities, adoption agencies, college campuses, grade schools, and other professional organizations. Many interns have the opportunity to write blog posts or programmatic newsletters.
Intern positions are unpaid but scholarship funds may be available based on financial need and a commitment to diversity. An HRC internship can often be a stepping-stone to employment at HRC - there are currently 28 former HRC interns on staff.
To Apply: Visit www.hrc.org/intern. The application goes live at these general times: June (for fall term), October (for spring term), February (for summer term)
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