Policy & Government Internships

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ+ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people plus community members who use different language to describe identity are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

Policy & Government Internship teams:

Campaigns & Organizing team:

HRC’s Campaigns and Organizing team is composed of more than 30 staff based throughout the country who are focused on building political organizing capacity within the LGBTQ+ movement – at the individual, community, state, and national levels. The team mobilizes equality advocates nationwide to activate grassroots support for federal, state, and local legislative priorities and deliver wins for pro-equality candidates at every level of the ballot. Our investments in grassroots organizing in recent years have contributed to expansive electoral victories that help to defend and advance the LGBTQ+ movement. The Campaigns and Organizing Intern will:

  • Engage with HRC members and supporters in grassroots activism by participating in in-person and virtual mobilization events such as phone banks and text banks
  • Work with in-state staff to track progress on key legislative efforts
  • Perform internal data integrity checks to aid in volunteer recruitment and list building
  • Draft and help distribute targeted membership communications
  • Research and track electoral and legislative volunteer mobilization events from across the movement

Government Affairs team:

The Government Affairs team is a team of dedicated public policy advocates who lobby US Congress and the Administration to promote pro-LGBTQ+ federal legislation both domestically and abroad. The GA team tracks legislation, monitors Congressional hearings and coalition meetings, and runs events focused around Capitol Hill and other partnerships. They also prepare the Congressional Scorecard, which ranks members of Congress based on their record of passing Equality legislation. We look for interns who have:

  • Working knowledge of and interest in learning about the US Federal Government (Congress and Administration);
  • Enthusiasm for and an interest in learning about the role of policy advocacy regarding LGBTQ+ issues;
  • Dedication to the LGBTQ+ equality movement and intersecting issue areas, including but not limited to:
  • Racial Equity, Disability Justice, Gun Violence Prevention, HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Rights, Non-Discrimination and Hate-Crime Protections, and Global Human Rights;
  • Strong attention to detail and proficiency in Excel, Google Sheets, and data tracking;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment on multiple projects at the same time.

Legal Policy team:

HRC’s Legal Department represents the organization on cutting-edge issues before all three branches of the federal government, state and local governments, as well as before our membership and the media. The Department specializes in legislative lawyering at both the federal and state levels and provides critical assistance to LGBTQ groups and allied legislators in pursuing positive legislative developments and defeating legislative attempts to deny full equality to the LGBTQ community. The Department monitors and seeks opportunities to engage in ongoing litigation to advance non-discrimination in the courts and push back against the expansion of religious refusal bills. Legal Interns are integral parts of these teams, which are comprised of attorneys, program managers, and law fellows. The Legal Policy intern will:

  • Assist in managing the priorities and projects of the Legal Department
  • Provide legal referrals for external litigation requests
  • Assist in the tracking and cataloging of HRC priority legislation
  • Prepare and proofread political correspondence
  • Assist in the production of the Municipal Equality Index and the State Equality Index
  • Coordinate with interns in other departments for assignments"""

Internship Outcomes:

  • Gain a better understanding of bills and laws that affect the LGBTQ+ community;
  • Learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the LGBTQ+ community in the Deep South;
  • Have a better understanding of volunteer engagement, grassroots mobilization, and the electoral, lobbying, and legislative processes;
  • Learn how to develop strategic plans for issue advocacy and electoral campaigns;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how LGBTQ+ rights proceed through the legal system;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the role of municipalities in the provision of important LGBTQ+ protections.

Other Information:

  • Please visit our intern FAQs
  • We strongly encourage people of color, transgender, and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ+ people, to join our team.