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Health & Aging Internship

The Health and Aging Program (HAP) of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBT people. Our lead project is the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), an annual online survey that evaluates healthcare facilities around the country from an LGBT standpoint and results in a report that LGBT patients use to identify welcoming facilities. HAP also offers intensive training for healthcare providers, advocates for LGBT health and aging needs with legislators and government agencies, and offers LGBT people health and aging information and resources. You can learn more about the Health and Aging Program here.
Throughout his or her time with the Health and Aging Program, the intern will work heavily on the HEI, a unique resource that is transforming healthcare for LGBT people, particularly in hospitals.


  • Research and review LGBT-related policies at healthcare facilities across the nation
  • Maintain database records, including contact and policy information for the Healthcare Equality Index
  • Provide logistical support for project meetings and training sessions
  • Work independently to complete various projects as assigned
  • Attend weekly HRC Foundation meetings
  • Other administrative duties, as needed
  • As the intern grows into her/his position and shows the ability to succeed, we will add additional projects that will help the program reach new levels. 


  • Deeper and broader knowledge of LGBT health and aging issues, as well as LGBT issues in general
  • Expanded understanding of HRC’s educational and advocacy work
  • Enhanced analytic and research skills
  • Experience working in a high-energy, fast-paced environment
  • Concrete administrative experience transferable to other employment
  • Active presence in nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization at a key historic moment
  • Individual and collective mentoring and support


  • Enrollment in or graduation from an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or interest in LGBT issues is required; demonstrated knowledge of and/or interest in LGBT health is a big plus
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is required; MS Access experience, recommended
  • Professional writing and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to independently problem-solve
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment is required


  • 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
  • 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-LGBT persons to apply