"The best part about Victory's internship is that the interns are fully integrated into the staff. I actually feel like an important part of the organization; that people care about what I have to say. This kind of experience has allowed me to learn a lot about candidates and campaigns and therefore helped me be a more effective employee." -- former Victory Fund intern
About the program
Interns are an indispensable part of the vital and necessary work performed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.
Our internship program gives the opportunity to gain experience in LGBT political activism, consider career options, strengthen job-related skills and network with leaders in local, state and national politics.
Internships may be used to receive college credit. Placement is based on the application and a phone interview. All academic majors are encouraged to apply. Candidates for internships should possess a general knowledge of LGBT issues and the American electoral process. Potential interns must have completed at least one year of college and have abilities in oral and written communication.
All interns receive a modest stipend. Our office is located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., just steps from the White House, Dupont Circle and the Metro’s Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.
We accept full- and part-time interns throughout the year for the spring (typically early January to mid-May), summer (late May to mid-August), and fall (early September to mid-December) semesters in the following program areas.
- External Affairs (communications)
- Finance & Operations
- Fundraising & Donor Development
- Leadership Programs
Applications should be submitted as far in advance of your desired placement date as possible – decisions are made on a rolling basis. Generally, applications for the fall should be submitted by August 15, for the spring should be submitted by December 1, and for the summer should be submitted by April 1.
Each semester, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute also places outstanding LGBTQ college students in Congressional internships with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.
This intensive leadership program is especially suited for students interested in becoming the next generation of out public leaders.
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