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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.

Partners Program Internship

This is not your typical internship.  The Partners intern will be a true member of the Partners team, working directly with staff and making sure committed donors have a strong and lasting relationship with HRC.  Join the fastest growing program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) while learning how non-profit fundraising works and gaining real world experience!

HRC’s Partners program is responsible for identifying, recruiting, and stewarding donors who give sustained monthly donations of $10 - $99 to HRC. The Partners program currently has more than 40,000 active members who are committed to the cause of LGBT equality, making this group of strategic givers responsible for more than 20% of HRC’s annual budget.

The Partners intern will receive hands-on experience in the fast-paced fundraising world.  From day one, she or he will have crucial responsibilities such as member correspondence, creative projects and guaranteeing the integrity of HRC’s growing membership database.  The intern will also be able to learn more about other parts of the organization through volunteer opportunities and group activities. Please note: our intern will not be responsible for soliciting money from donors.  As the Partners intern, your correspondence will be with existing members; you will never ask anyone for money.


As the intern grows into their position and shows the ability to succeed, we will add additional projects that will help the program reach new levels.  The Partners intern will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and build a true professional presence by:    

  • Regular email and phone correspondence with donors to assist with questions, concerns, and requests
  • Quality control and management of pledge entry from a variety of sources including canvassing, web, mail and telemarketing
  • Working closely with HRC staff on new, creative projects to cultivate and acknowledge our donors
  • Maintaining donor information for over 40,000 members to ensure that monthly contributions are processed successfully
  • Other assistance as needed throughout the organization such as lobby day planning/working


  • An in-depth understanding of non-profit fundraising, particularly sustained giving, and how fundraising finances the political and educational work of a large LGBT rights organization
  • Gain transferable database management, office and customer service skills applicable to future employment opportunities
  • Observation of how a Development & Membership department uses varied income streams to meet a multi-million dollar budget
  • Experience handling responsibilities in a high-energy environment
  • The opportunity to learn the work of the Human Rights Campaign across all of our departments


  • Ability to meet deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfort providing service to members through email and phone correspondence
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to independently problem solve
  • Ability to type quickly and accurately with proven skill to proofread own work
  • Moderate proficiency in Microsoft Word & Excel, with the ability to become adept at the use of these and other computer programs and databases
  • Willingness to learn the details of sustained monthly giving and non-profit fundraising
  • Professional, responsible & team-oriented manner
  • Demonstrated interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues
  • Prior database and customer service experience a plus


  • 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 .(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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