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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, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Government Affairs Internship

Government Affairs interns work with the Government Affairs team, including HRC’s Public Policy Advocates and Legal Counsels, to assist with tracking legislation, researching voting records and statements of elected officials and candidates, and sending/delivering correspondence to Capitol Hill.  Government Affairs interns play a vital role in the success of the Government Affairs Department, as well as the larger Government Affairs team.


  • Provide administrative support to the Government Affairs Department
  • Assist in preparation of materials for lobby visits to Capitol Hill
  • Assist with preparation of materials for HRC’s annual Lobby Day
  • Research legislative issues such as hate crimes, HIV/AIDS, anti-LGBT discrimination and other issues paramount to LGBT equality and HRC’s mission
  • Maintain congressional databases and update factsheets
  • Track HRC priority legislation
  • Prepare and send political correspondence, at times personally delivering it to Capitol Hill
  • Attend briefings, hearings and HRC events
  • Other support to the team as assigned


  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • General knowledge of the legislative process
  • Enthusiasm and an interest in the role of policy advocacy and LGBT issues
  • Strong research skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)


  • Get an inside look at HRC’s legislative work
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the legislative process
  • Correspond with Capitol Hill offices and coalition partners
  • Gain experience using research methods employed by political agencies
  • Gain a better understanding of bills and laws that affect the LGBT community


  • This is an unpaid internship. School credit is available upon request
  • All internships are based out of our offices in Washington, D.C. 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
  • Resumes and cover letter must be in Microsoft Word (.doc) or 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
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