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Join HRC University: Fall 2011 Internship Applications Due July 15

The following post is from Lindsey Taylor, HRC Public Education and Outreach Associate:

The HRC University Internship Program is an innovative program that offers selective HRC internships to college students and recent graduates.  Focusing on leadership training, the program connects HRC interns to LGBT and allied leaders through educational brown bag seminars and networking events. HRC Interns play an active role within one of 20 program areas – from Political to Finance and Graphic Design to Religion and Faith – and gain valuable professional skills while developing their voice as an LGBT advocate and leader.

With more than 30 interns this summer, HRC is filled with a youthful exuberance that reminds me of how exciting it is to work with so many leading LGBT visionaries at the Nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization. Whether it’s the group of interns with matching pink shirts (Wednesday is Summer 2011 Intern-designated ‘pink’ day), or the intern being recognized for her great work at the staff meeting, I am constantly reminded of how lucky we are to have such a fabulous group of interns each semester.

The following is  from Drew Waxman, a Spring 2011 and Summer 2011 intern with our Workplace Project :

From my fifth floor desk, I have a remarkable view of the intersection of 17th and Rhode Island Ave., which is home to the Human Rights Campaign’s  headquarters in Washington, D.C.  I can’t prevent myself from occasionally looking down to observe the people walking the streets below me.  It no longer surprises me to spot a group of tourist walking past our building – perhaps making their way to D.C.’s historic Dupont Circle – only to realize what they’ve accidentally stumbled upon.  “Wait a second, this is the Human Right’s Campaign,” I can imagine them saying to each other as they point to the large equal sign by our front door.  They usually stand outside the building for a minute or two, snap a few pictures, and then carry on with the rest of their days.  It’s in small moments like these that I am reminded that I work for an organization that is quite literally a landmark in the LGBT equal rights movement.

What the people outside don’t get to see is just how amazing is it to work inside the building.  I cannot speak highly enough about my experience as an intern with HRC.  Because the organization is relatively small, despite the national name recognition, I can actually see the ways in which my work helps advance the HRC mission.  I am part of a six-person team, so I know my efforts are important to the success of my department.  My tasks for the Workplace Project – whether I am researching companies for their most accurate antidiscrimination policies or helping prepare for our annual survey launch – are always closely tied to the larger goal of publishing this year’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI).  I get excited to go to work each day, because I know that my work is valued not only by my supervisors, but also by the tourists who stop for a moment just to snap a picture of the building in which I work.  I just don’t think it gets any more exciting than that.  Want to gain valuable professional skills while developing your voice as an LGBT advocate? Apply for a Fall Internship with HRC!  We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to applications received before the priority deadline on Friday, July 15. Apply Now! For more information about the HRC University Internship Program, to watch videos from former HRC interns and to read more about each internship program, please visit:  www.hrc.org/intern

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