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The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 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 Legislative Counsels, to assist with tracking federal legislation, monitoring congressional hearings, drafting legislative memos, 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.


  • Research legislative issues such as non-discrimination protections, hate crimes, HIV and AIDS, church/state, criminal justice reform, and other issues paramount to LGBTQ equality and HRC’s mission
  • Assist in preparation of materials for lobby visits to Capitol Hill
  • Assist with preparation of materials for HRC’s Lobby Days
  • Attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill and HRC events
  • Attend coalition meetings when appropriate
  • Maintain congressional databases and update legislative factsheets
  • Track HRC priority legislation
  • Prepare and send political correspondence, at times personally delivering it to Capitol Hill
  • Provide administrative support to the Government Affairs Department
  • 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 LGBTQ issues
  • Strong research skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)


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


  • We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team
  • 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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