Policy & Government Internship

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.

These programs include:

  • Campaigns & Organizing
  • Government Affairs
  • Legal Policy
  • Project One America

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.


  • Research and track legislative issues such as non-discrimination protections, hate crimes, HIV and AIDS, church/state, criminal justice reform, voting rights, and other issues paramount to LGBTQ+ equality and HRC’s mission. Provide memos as tasked on issues for our lobbyists;
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for HRC Lobby Days and other visits to Capitol Hill;
  • Attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill and HRC events. Monitor hearings and write memos for our lobbyists. This includes watching live on C-SPAN and attending in person on the Hill. Attend coalition meetings when appropriate and write memos for our lobbyists;
  • Engage members and supporters in grassroots activism through digital outreach, and assist in-state staff with resources for organizing and volunteer management;
  • Provide legal referrals for external litigation requests; manage HRC’s contract database;
  • Assist the Project One America Coordinator in preparing for and managing various events, summits, luncheons and gatherings that will take place both in D.C. and in the field;
  • Provide administrative support to your department, including but not limited to basic finances, answering phones, writing letters, drafting emails, scheduling meetings, and creating trip briefing materials.


  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and with other staff members and interns;
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time;
  • Any combination of the following:
  • Enthusiasm for and an interest in learning about the role of policy advocacy, law, electoral politics, and access to voting regarding LGBTQ+ issues;
  • General knowledge of or an interest to learn about state and federal legislation, elections, and the court system;
  • Passion for grassroots organizing and volunteer mobilization.


  • 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.