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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.


Project One America Internship

Available in:

Jackson, Mississippi
Birmingham, Alabama
Little Rock, Arkansas

HRC's Project One America (POA) is a comprehensive program to dramatically expand LGBTQ equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. HRC has opened offices in Jackson, MS, Birmingham, AL and Little Rock, AR and has full-time staff members in each office. POA Interns will work out of these field offices. HRC has always worked to build equality on three fronts: social change, institutional change and legal change. POA continues this work at the grassroots level by engaging small and medium-sized businesses in displays of support for their LGBTQ employees and customers, creating deeper and stronger relationships with faith communities, communities of color and southern conservatives, building a broad base of support for enduring legal protections, building more inclusive healthcare environments through HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index, and conducting LGBTQ youth work from foster agencies to college campuses.

The Project One America Intern reports to the Field Organizer in each POA field office, who reports directly to the State Director in that office.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the POA team to develop new, innovative initiatives that support, assist and empower straight allies and LGBTQ community members, students and families in the state in which your office is located states
  • Set up and implement infrastructure in preparation for HRC's participation in Transgender Day of Remembrance (November) and MLK Day of Service for LGBTQ homeless youth (January)
  • Maintain the Equality Is Our Business pages of the HRC website
  • Help represent HRC at local LGBTQ and progressive conferences and events
  • Answer inquiries from community members about HRC's work on LGBTQ issues in the state in which your office is located
  • Update contacts for individuals and organizations in the HRC POA
  • Implement logistical details for POA events
  • Book travel, ship materials, schedule meetings, and other administrative duties as needed
  • Assist in volunteer recruitment and campaign field work
  • Potential exists for each intern to create and work on long-term project

Qualifications:

  • A mature sensitivity to working with people of diverse identities and backgrounds
  • Skills for timely multi-tasking
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Basic proficiency in PowerPoint a plus
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus
  • Demonstrated interest in religious concerns and background working with faith communities
  • Desire to learn about and work with a broad range of faith traditions on LGBTQ equality
  • General knowledge of the political process
  • Willing to learn about state and federal legislation and elections
  • Time management skills and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Experience with or desire to learn about youth- and campus-specific LGBTQ issues
  • A strong commitment to HRC's mission


Outcomes:

  • Experience with the logistics of organizing programs and grassroots campaigns
  • An understanding of the importance and challenges of multiracial and intersectional coalition-building and increasing the participation of people of color, women, transgender people and youth in support of LGBTQ rights
  • A deeper and broader understanding of faith traditions and LGBQT issues
  • Practical experience engaging religious voices in local and statewide conversations on LGBTQ equality
  • A greater understanding of the issues faced by queer youth
  • Learning effective strategies for campus activism and organizing that can also be applied to broader contexts
  • Gaining a better understanding of the electoral, lobbying and legislative process
  • Expanding understanding of bills and laws affecting the LGBTQ community and the work HRC does at the local and statewide levels
  • Corresponding with a variety of members on a breadth of issues, developing strong correspondence skills
  • Improving writing and editing skills


Other:

  • 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-LGBTQ persons to apply.
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