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The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Communications & Marketing Internship

The Communications & Marketing Department at the Human Rights Campaign is responsible for the organization’s media relations, message development, publications, advertising and marketing. This internship focuses on media relations and publications, offering an opportunity to learn the techniques and strategies used in press outreach for a large non-profit organization, as well as the production of a variety of written materials including booklets, pamphlets, ads and brochures, along with HRC’s quarterly magazine, Equality. This internship represents an excellent opportunity for someone interested in learning about careers in non-profit communications.


The Communications & Marketing Department internship consists of significant media monitoring and research, as well as editorial work. Responsibilities will entail a mix of administration and substantive work experience, including:

  • Monitoring major news outlets and preparing daily clips for staff
  • Assisting in the drafting of press releases, media advisories and other communications documents
  • Pitching HRC events and news to media outlets and working to generate coverage
  • Editing and proofreading
  • General research duties
  • Responding to internal and external requests for information
  • Maintaining press contact database and administering distribution channels
  • Assisting with multimedia production, including video tapings and photo shoots
  • Managing HRC’s publications inventory
  • Other administrative duties as needed


  • Majors in journalism, communications, English, public relations or related fields preferred
  • Professional writing, editing, proofreading and communication skills
  • Strong copyediting skills, a strong command of English spelling and grammar; experience with AP style preferred
  • Proficiency and experience with Lexis/Nexis and online research
  • General computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Demonstrated interest in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues
  • Team player who is willing to pitch in and help out a definite plus — creativity welcome!


  • Gain hands-on experience in non-profit communications work, including an insider’s view of professional media relations
  • Increase professional writing and editing skills
  • Expand understanding of issues and laws affecting the LGBT community
  • Gain a better understanding of the political process


  • This is an unpaid internship. School credit is available upon request
  • The majority of internships are based out of our offices in Washington, D.C. Internships are also available in HRC’s Project One America offices in Little Rock, Ark., Jackson, Miss., and Birmingham, Ala. We cannot provide housing for our interns
  • A limited amount of scholarship funds are available based on financial need and a commitment to diversity. Apply within the internship application
  • Resume and cover letter should be provided in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format
  • Please refer questions to our website
  • For any other questions, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • No phone calls, please
  • Due to the high volume of applications we receive we may not be able to respond in a timely manner to individual application inquiries
  • We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women and non-LGBT persons to apply

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