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The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Estate Planning and Development Internship

Do you want to learn more about one of the non-profit world’s fastest-growing and most in-demand fields? Do you want to be part of a team that raises over $1 million, annually, for HRC? The Estate Planning and Development Internship will give you hands-on experience in non-profit fundraising that is highly sought after by universities, charities, and membership and political organizations.  Best of all, your work will help secure HRC’s long-term efforts and fight for full equality for LGBTQ persons, while providing opportunities for professional and personal growth along the way.

The Estate Planning and Development Intern reports to the Associate Director of Planned Giving, providing essential support in both day-to-day tasks and larger projects. Planned giving is the method through which HRC supporters leave money (in the form of legacy gifts) to HRC through their wills, trusts, or other estate plans. It is one of the fastest-growing and most in-demand fields within non-profit development, and the internship will provide you with a skillset that is also applicable for many different in-demand jobs.

You will work with our team to create and execute thoughtful, analytical approaches to donor outreach, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, and you will learn about estate planning and complex gift vehicles. Your responsibilities will include research, writing, donor correspondence, database work and creative thinking. You will be given the opportunity to work alongside and learn from other teams within the organization and take part in volunteer opportunities, informational sessions and group activities.

Please note: our intern will not be responsible for directly soliciting money from donors. 


As you display success in regular duties and exemplify your ability to multi-task, we will add additional projects.  As the Estate Planning and Development Intern, you will have the opportunity to showcase your talents and build professional skills by:

  • Maintaining highly accurate data for more than 3,000 donors and prospects by ensuring quality control and management of donor information
  • Regularly using a content management system (CMS) to create and maintain confidential donor records
  • Performing prospect and donor research to assist gift officers in making direct fundraising asks
  • Creating reports and writing correspondence about HRC and HRC Foundation programs
  • Learning about complex gift vehicles (such as charitable trusts and annuities) and the donor cultivation process
  • Working closely with HRC staff on new, creative projects to cultivate our donors and motivate prospects
  • Fulfilling other projects, as needed, throughout the department and organization, such as working at board meetings, community events or other programs where HRC is involved


  • Professional and responsible demeanor
  • Strong writing and communication skills (legible handwriting a plus)
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to independently problem-solve
  • Interest in learning the details of planned giving and non-profit development
  • Moderate proficiency in Gmail, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel, with the interest to increase skills for these and other computer programs and databases
  • High level of customer service experience is preferable
  • A passion for LGBTQ equality is essential


  • Gain an excellent overview of planned giving and non-profit development
  • Gain a solid introduction to the world of non-profit fundraising and how fundraising finances the political and educational work of a large LGBT civil rights organization
  • Gain transferable database management, office, and interpersonal skills applicable to future employment opportunities
  • Observe how a development department uses varied income streams to meet a multi-million-dollar budget
  • Gain an overview of complex gift structures, such as charitable trusts and annuities
  • Opportunities to learn the multi-faceted work of the Human Rights Campaign across many departments


  • This is an unpaid internship. School credit is available upon request
  • This internship is based out of our office 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, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team
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