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Major Gifts Program Internship

HRC's Major Gifts (also known as the Federal Club Council) program is responsible for identifying, recruiting and stewarding donors who give $5,000 and above annually to the HRC. The Major Gifts program has more than 650 members, whose annual pledges help to fund the work of the HRC Foundation, which includes our Workplace Project, Family Project, Religion & Faith Program and Youth & Campus Outreach Program. The Major Gifts team works to make sure these committed individuals have a strong and lasting relationship with the HRC. 

The Major Gifts Intern reports to the Major Gifts Associate, providing essential support in both day-to-day tasks and larger projects. This is a dynamic position that will play to the intern's particular skill set, providing opportunities for creative contributions to the smooth functioning of team priorities.


  • Handling the acknowledgement process, including preparing, assembling and mailing acknowledgement and welcome packages
  • Periodically updating the content of donor communications to reflect new developments in the work of the Foundation
  • Maintaining the database, including creating and updating records and performing data integrity checks
  • Identifying and researching prospective new donors
  • Other assistance as necessary
  • Fall interns will assist with the logistics of the Major Donor events at the National Dinner


  • Professional and responsible demeanor
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Interest in learning the details of Major Gifts fundraising
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Database experience is a plus
  • Demonstrated interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues


  • Gain an excellent overview of Major Gifts fundraising
  • Gain a deeper understanding the functioning of a large non-profit through first-hand interactions and collaboration with members of various departments
  • Observe how a Development & Membership department uses varied income streams to meet a multi-million dollar budget
  • Understand how fundraising finances the political and educational work of a large LGBT rights organization
  • Learn how issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are messaged to high level donors


  • 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