Hope in a Box

Hope in a Box is a national organization based in New York City with one simple goal: to make LGBTQ+ inclusive classrooms the norm and not the exception. Using a carefully curated list of 100 LGBTQ+ inclusive books, educator-designed curriculum, and ongoing teacher training and mentoring, Hope in a Box works to ensure that every LGBTQ+ student feels safe and welcomed in their learning community. Currently, Hope in a Box works in all 50 states and with educators in close to 500 rural and under-resourced schools.

Hope in a Box accomplishes its mission in two ways. First, we send schools a carefully curated box of 20-25 LGBTQ+ inclusive books. We primarily work with middle and high schools but are starting an elementary school pilot project in early 2022. Additionally, our Community Leads (two seasoned educators) lead monthly training and mentoring sessions with the educators in our program. Hope in a Box places a strong emphasis on supporting the educators in our program.

We currently have one full-time employee, our Executive Director, but we hope to expand in 2022. We are a young organization with a budget of about $250,000 per year. As a small LGBTQ+ organization, a Princeton University intern would be an enormous benefit to Hope in a Box as we grow our program to work with more schools. I can't think of anything more impactful to our success than this program and the high-level assistance it will provide the organization.


New York, NY

Internship Description

The internship is structured to provide an intern with an in-depth experience in how a small LGBTQ+ education nonprofit operates. This is an ideal internship for someone interested in exposure to many areas of a nonprofit. The intern will work in the following areas:

  • Program: the intern will assist in the preparation of materials for our fall educator mentoring sessions, curriculum updates, and reviewing and updating the Hope in a Box 100, our list of 100 LGBTQ+ inclusive books. In the past, interns have assisted in selecting books for the Hope in a Box 100, and have worked with educators to prepare curriculum for new books.
  • Business Development and Fundraising: In 2022, Hope in a Box will begin an innovative program where schools can purchase a box and license our curriculum. By buying a box and entering into this arrangement, schools will also fund a similar box to go to rural, under-resourced schools. Interns will help us implement and manage this pilot, "purchase a box, give a box program." Additionally, interns will assist with Hope in a Box's ongoing fundraising work by researching potential corporate partners and helping to prepare solicitation materials.

Finally, a strong focus will also be assisting the intern with professional development and learning opportunities in the nonprofit sector. We want to be sure that the intern has a valuable learning experience.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
8 Flexible  9:00am  5:00pm Yes No Virtual/Remote

Housing Information

Hope in a Box is a fully remote organization and candidates can live anywhere they choose.

Internship Qualifications

  • A dedication to LGBTQ+ inclusivity and equality, along with a strong interest in inclusive schools.
  • An interest in the nonprofit sector and public school education.
  • Experience with email. Google Sheets, Google Docs, and familiarity and comfortability with working remotely.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Enjoys collaborating with a small team.

Additional Information

  • Experience with using social media is helpful as we work to expand our reach on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Writing Sample Required?