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Canvass and Membership Internship

HRC Canvass & Membership Programs Intern 

Do you want to work where you can see real, tangible results? Then join our team as the 
Canvass & Membership Programs Intern, where you’ll never be short on work 
opportunities as you contribute to the fight for equality for LGBT Americans. 
 
Note: You will not be asked to go out and solicit funds. You will not be canvassing. 
Instead, you will work alongside our full-time staff, assuring the quality of the donations 
that our partner, the Fund for the Public Interest (“the Fund”), brings in throughout the 
year. 
 
Canvassing is HRC’s largest source of members to the organization, not to mention 
straight allies and monthly donors (known as “Partners”). Once people join HRC 
through the Canvass Program, they often communicate with us through the 
Membership Program. Join these successful programs while learning about non-profit 
fundraising and gaining real world experience! 
 
About the internship: The Canvass & Membership Programs Intern will receive hands-on 
experience in a fast-paced fundraising world. From the first day, the intern will have 
crucial responsibilities such as assuring the timely receipt of donations, guaranteeing the 
integrity of HRC’s growing membership database, communicating with members via 
email, and creative projects as they arise. The intern will be able to learn more about 
other parts of the organization through volunteer opportunities and group activities. 
 
Responsibilities 
As the intern displays success in regular duties and shows the ability to multi-task, we will 
add additional projects. The Canvass & Membership Programs Intern will have the 
opportunity to showcase their skills and build a true professional presence by: 
 
- Ensuring quality control and management of donor information; 
- Maintaining our current tracking process to ensure we receive donations in a 
timely manner; 
- Assisting with the maintenance of membership accounts; 
- Corresponding over email with general members; 
- Working closely with HRC staff on new, creative projects to cultivate our 
donors and motivate our canvassers; and 
- Other assistance as needed throughout the department and organization, such as 
lobby day planning/working. 
 
Outcomes 
- A solid introduction to the world of non-profit fundraising, particularly 
canvass and membership and how fundraising finances the political and 
educational work of a large LGBT civil rights organization; 
- Gain transferable database management, office, and interpersonal skills 
applicable to future employment opportunities; 
- Observe how a membership department uses varied income streams to meet a 
multi-million dollar budget; 
- Experience handling responsibilities in a high-energy environment; and 
- Have the opportunity to learn the work of the Human Rights Campaign across all 
of our departments.  
Qualifications 
- Ability to meet deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced environment; 
- 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 non-profit fundraising; 
- Professional, responsible, and team-oriented manner; 
- Basic customer service experience is preferable; and 
- A passion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality is a plus. 
 
 
 
Other 
 
* This is an unpaid internship. Credit is available upon request. 
 
* All internships are based out of our offices in Washington, D.C. HRC does not 
provide housing for our interns. 
 
* Please send all resumes and cover letters in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe 
Acrobat (.pdf) format. 
 
* Please refer questions to our website, http://www.hrc.org/intern. 
 
* For any other questions, email: intern@hrc.org