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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.

Welcoming Schools Internship

Welcoming Schools is a resource that works to help elementary schools embrace family diversity, avoid gender stereotyping and end bias-based bullying. As the only LGBTQ-inclusive resource of its kind, Welcoming Schools creates and distributes resources, lesson plans and tools to elementary schools across the country. Welcoming Schools is part of the HRC Children, Youth and Families Program (CYFP), which serves as a comprehensive resource for LGBTQ families and provides guidance to key institutions that work closely with LGBTQ children, youth and families. CYFP is part of the HRC Foundation which manages much of the organization's non-political work.


  • Support in developing, maintaining and distributing Welcoming Schools publications and outreach materials
  • Assist with routine communications to service providers participating in Welcoming Schools initiatives, as well as responding to inquiries from HRC constituents
  • Maintain database records including contact and policy information for Welcoming Schools
  • Provide logistical support for project meetings and training sessions
  • Track Welcoming Schools activities and accomplishments for use in periodic reports to the staff and board of directors
  • Provide administrative support including research, drafting correspondence, scheduling meetings, sending publications, arranging travel, etc.
  • Work independently to complete various projects as assigned
  • Attend regular Welcoming Schools and HRC Foundation meetings


  • Enrollment in or graduation from an accredited college or university
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or interest in LGBTQ issues is required; demonstrated knowledge of and/or interest in the issues that face LGBTQ families and/or LGBTQ youth in the areas of child welfare and education is a plus
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment is required
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills are required


  • Familiarization with the Welcoming Schools initiative and the main LGBTQ cultural competency issues on which this initiative focuses
  • Expanded understanding of the education programs and grassroots organizing of the HRC Foundation
  • Ability to coordinate a multi-faceted program in a nonprofit organization
  • Administrative skills essential to any entry-level position
  • Fine-tuned writing skills


  • 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, 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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