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Government Affairs Internship

Government Affairs Internship

The Human Rights Campaign’s Government Affairs Department consists of the Federal Legislative Team and HRC’s Political Action Committee (PAC).  Government Affairs interns work with these teams and assist with tracking legislation, researching voting records and statements of elected officials and candidates, and sending/delivering correspondence to Capitol Hill.  Government Affairs interns play a vital role in the success of the department.


  • Provide administrative support to Lobbying and PAC teams
  • Assist in preparation of materials for lobby visits to Capitol Hill
  • Research legislative issues such as hate crimes, HIV/AIDS, workplace discrimination and other issues paramount to LGBT equality and HRC’s mission
  • Maintain congressional databases and update factsheets
  • Assist with preparation of materials for annual Lobby Day
  • Prepare and send correspondence, at times personally delivering it to Capitol Hill
  • Attend briefings, hearings and HRC events
  • Other support to the team as assigned



  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • General knowledge of the legislative process
  • Enthusiasm and an interest in the role of policy advocacy and LGBT issues
  • Strong research skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)


  • Get an inside look at HRC’s legislative work
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the legislative process
  • Correspond with Capitol Hill offices and coalition partners
  • Gain experience using research methods employed by political agencies
  • Gain a better understanding of bills and laws that affect the LGBT community


  • 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
  • Resumes 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