Human Rights Campaign

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Human Rights Campaign 


Washington, District of Columbia

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Sean Howe '20

Organization Description
The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as 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.

Princeton interns will work exclusively in the HRC Foundation, which improves the lives of LGBTQ people by working to increase understanding and encourage the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.

The HRC Foundation builds support for LGBTQ people among families and friends, co-workers and employers, pastors and parishioners, doctors and teachers, neighbors, and the general public. Through the following programs and projects, we are enhancing the lived experiences of LGBTQ people and their families, as we change hearts and minds across America and around the globe.

Interns play an integral role within their program, including special projects, constituent relations, research, data collection, writing and other professional development opportunities. HRC Foundation will benefit from having the diverse perspective of a Princeton student committed to social justice work.

Internship Description
We are unsure if the Princeton intern will remain with the same program as our 2017 summer intern did, but many foundation programs are similar in work detail but differing in focus. Our 2017 intern worked with the Children, Youth & Families program:

Becoming a parent, sending your 5-year-old to kindergarten, watching your teenager graduate from high school – these are life’s biggest moments. For LGBTQ parents and LGBTQ children, they can also be some of life’s most challenging moments. That’s where HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program comes in.

Through innovative training and direct consultation with schools, child welfare agencies and other service providers, HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program creates welcoming, affirming and supportive environments for LGBTQ prospective parents, LGBTQ-led families, and LGBTQ youth.

The program’s projects include:

  • HRC’s All Children – All Families Project, which trains child welfare professionals to improve agency policies and practices around LGBTQ foster and adoptive families, as well as LGBTQ children and youth;
  • HRC’s Welcoming Schools Project, which offers professional development and curriculum for schools to create learning environments that embrace family diversity, avoid gender stereotyping and end bullying; and
  • HRC’s Youth Well-Being Project, which is anchored by the annual Time To Thrive conference, and promotes safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth.

A sample foundation internship description:

All Children, All Families Internship
The HRC Children, Youth and Families Program's (CYFP) groundbreaking project, All Children–All Families (ACAF), works to increase LGBTQ cultural competence within child welfare agencies by offering key resources, training, and technical assistance. Research shows that LGBTQ youth are disproportionally represented in the child welfare system, and that they are also more likely than their non-LGBTQ peers to face discrimination. ACAF provides child welfare workers with tools and knowledge to better serve LGBTQ youth in foster care and the LGBTQ adults who may want to provide them loving, permanent homes.


  • The HRC Children, Youth and Families Program, All Children–All Families Intern's responsibilities include:
  • Support in developing, maintaining and distributing ACAF publications and outreach materials
  • Conduct research on various topics – including the experiences of LGBTQ youth and adults interacting with social service systems, best practices in child welfare, and child welfare policy – to support ACAF-related projects and resources
  • Assist with routine communications to agencies participating in ACAF, as well as responding to inquiries from current and potential participants
  • Maintain database records including contact and policy information for ACAF
  • Provide logistical support for project meetings and training sessions
  • Assist in tracking ACAF activities and accomplishments for use in periodic reports to the staff and board of directors
  • Work independently to complete various projects as assigned
  • Attend regular ACAF, CYFP and HRC Foundation meetings
  • Provide limited administrative support, including drafting correspondence, and shipping publications


  • Familiarization with the All Children–All Families project, the main LGBTQ cultural competency issues on which this initiative focuses, and the areas in which these issues intersect with other CYFP initiatives
  • Expand understanding of the education programs and grassroots organizing of the HRC Foundation
  • Ability to coordinate a multi-faceted program in a nonprofit organization
  • Fine-tuned writing skills

Internship Qualifications

  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is required
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and/or interest in LGBTQ issues; demonstrates knowledge of and/or interest in the issues that face LGBTQ families and/or LGBTQ youth in the areas of child welfare is a plus
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills

**Writing sample required: 3-5 pages in pdf format, can be a previously written assignment or project**

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:30 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
All intern candidates undergo a background check.

**Writing sample required: 3-5 pages in pdf format, can be a previously written assignment or project**

Evaluation Excerpt

A strength is that it is a large organization that has a lot of national presence and does extremely important and relevant work.
—Sean Howe '20

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program