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Communications & Marketing Internship

The Communications & Marketing Department at the Human Rights Campaign is responsible for the organization’s media relations, message development, publications, advertising and marketing. This internship focuses on media relations and publications, offering an opportunity to learn the techniques and strategies used in press outreach for a large non-profit organization, as well as the production of a variety of written materials including booklets, pamphlets, ads and brochures, along with HRC’s quarterly magazine, Equality. This internship represents an excellent opportunity for someone interested in learning about careers in non-profit communications.


The Communications & Marketing Department internship consists of significant media monitoring and research, as well as editorial work. Responsibilities will entail a mix of administration and substantive work experience, including:

  • Monitoring major news outlets and preparing daily clips for staff
  • Assisting in the drafting of press releases, media advisories and other communications documents
  • Pitching HRC events and news to media outlets and working to generate coverage
  • Editing and proofreading
  • General research duties
  • Responding to internal and external requests for information
  • Maintaining press contact database and administering distribution channels
  • Assisting with multimedia production, including video tapings and photo shoots
  • Managing HRC’s publications inventory
  • Other administrative duties as needed


  • Majors in journalism, communications, English, public relations or related fields preferred
  • Professional writing, editing, proofreading and communication skills
  • Strong copyediting skills, a strong command of English spelling and grammar; experience with AP style preferred
  • Proficiency and experience with Lexis/Nexis and online research
  • General computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Demonstrated interest in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues
  • Team player who is willing to pitch in and help out a definite plus — creativity welcome!


  • Gain hands-on experience in non-profit communications work, including an insider’s view of professional media relations
  • Increase professional writing and editing skills
  • Expand understanding of issues and laws affecting the LGBT community
  • Gain a better understanding of the political process


  • This is an unpaid internship. Credit is available upon request.
  • All internships are based out of our offices in Washington, D.C. We cannot provide housing for our interns.
  • A limited number of housing scholarships are available for Summer 2014 interns – apply within the internship application
  • Resume and cover letter must be in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.
  • Please refer questions to our website
  • For any other questions, e-mail
  • No phone calls, please