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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.


Legal Internship

Legal Interns are housed within HRC’s Legal Department, which represents the organization on cutting-edge issues before all three branches of the federal government and of state and local governments, as well as before our membership and the media. The Department specializes in legislative lawyering at both the federal and state levels and provides critical assistance to LGBTQ groups and allied legislators in pursuing positive legislative developments and defeating legislative attempts to deny full equality to the LGBTQ community. The Department monitors and seeks opportunities to engage ongoing litigation to advance non-discrimination in the courts and push back against the expansion of religious refusal bills.  Legal Interns are also partially housed in the General Counsel’s Office, which provides comprehensive corporate legal services to HRC and its Boards of Directors and Governors. Legal Interns are integral parts of these teams, which are comprised of attorneys, program managers, and law fellows.

Legal interns work with the Legal Department and the General Counsel’s Office in a variety of tasks that support our work, such as tracking legislation, researching how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there, sending/delivering correspondence to governors, mayors, and various municipal officials, maintaining HRC’s contract database, and responding to litigation requests.  

The HRC U Legal internship is available to undergraduate students. Law school students should consider applying for an HRC McCleary Law Fellows Fellowship. 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to the Legal Department and the General Counsel’s Office
  • Assist in managing the priorities and projects of both departments
  • Assist with the departments’ finances
  • Provide legal referrals for external litigation requests
  • Assist in the tracking and cataloging of HRC priority legislation
  • Prepare and send political correspondence
  • Manage HRC’s contract database
  • Assist in the production of the Municipal Equality Index and the State Equality Index
  • Coordinate with interns in other departments for assignments
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional attention to detail (due to the salience of our written work)
  • Demonstrated writing and communication skills
  • General knowledge of the legislative process as well as the US court system
  • Enthusiasm and an interest in the role of the law in LGBTQ issues
  • Strong research skills
  • Resourcefulness
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Outcomes:

  • Get an inside look at HRC’s legislative work as well as its involvement in federal litigation
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how LGBTQ rights proceed through the legal system
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the role of municipalities in the provision of important LGBTQ protections
  • Develop strong correspondence skills
  • Gain a better understanding of bills and laws that affect the LGBTQ community

Other:

  • This is an unpaid internship.  School credit is available upon request.
  • This internship is based out of our office 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 intern@hrc.org; 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, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team
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