National LGBTQ Task Force

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PICS Organization Name
National LGBTQ Task Force

City/State
Washington, District of Columbia

Organization Description

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. Join us!

Internship Description
The Media & Public Relations Fellowship, under the supervision of the Media and Public Relations Director, will assist the National LGBTQ Task Force with delivering a comprehensive media relations strategy. Tasks and responsibilities include drafting press materials, copy-editing, coordinating press events, press outreach, and other communications projects as needed.

The Creating Change Intern works on a variety of tasks, including participation in planning meetings for Creating Change, management of inventory and supply lines and data management pertinent to the Conference. Candidates with a strong commitment to LGBTQ equality who are also enthusiastic, strategic thinkers, have a detail oriented work ethic and are self-motivated are strongly encouraged to apply.
The fellowship organizing work will emphasize: side-by-side work with current Task Force staff; relationship-building with people of faith, including faith leaders in key faith communities; and a desire to understand working at the intersections of faith and other identities such as race, age, gender identity and expression with faith community-based partners through trainings, events and spiritual practice.

This experience will be grounded in presenting knowledge, skill-building and attitude enhancement with our partners and their communities. Our faith-in-action strategy is to work in the cross-sections of three tactics: visibility, community building and education, and, advocacy actions. Participants will learn skills, context setting and specific content and how to apply these with faith communities in a genuine and transformational way. All of the work will be values-based, some Christian-centered and some interfaith organizing work. Participants will outreach to a wide group of spiritual communities including but not limited to: Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Humanist, Christian, Hindu and Taoist.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 6/1/21 - 8/6/21 9:30 am 5:30 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  • Academic experience in journalism, communications, public relations, creative writing or similar.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Experience working in a demanding and high-paced environment.
  • Computer-savvy and familiarity with social networking platforms.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ages, faiths, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to LGBTQ issues.
  • Proficiency in word processing, email, and internet research.

Additional Info
The task force will assist the intern in securing affordable housing in the Washington DC area, to the best of its ability.

There may be some evening meetings related to the internship, to be held at the same office of the internship.

Former Interns
Josiah Gouker '22, Christina Im '22, Nora Aguiar '21

Evaluation Excerpt

The culture at the organization really cares about the person and their well-being, acknowledging that people do their best work when they are at their best. I was immediately welcomed into my team and was treated like an adult, and they often asked me for my feedback and opinions. I was able to have lunch chats with people of all ages and jobs that were fascinating, and the other employees also seemed very pleased to work at the Task Force. -- Josiah Gouker '22

The Task Force is an organization with such a rich history in the LGBTQ movement, and the opportunity to participate in that history is truly priceless. That, combined with the expertise and passion of every staff member and the empathetic, open culture of the office, make this a meaningful internship regardless of the intern’s experience level with organizing and advocacy.
--Christina Im '22

My best work was also my hardest work, which was getting used to the D.C area and becoming involved with queer activist groups beyond a college campus. My first week in particular, I worked on acquainting myself with those much older than me (several law fellows) as well as adapting to D.C bureaucratic lingo. My best time within the stress of getting into a routine was the first week, where I marched with my organization outside the Capitol and White House during Pride Week. It was exhausting but was also an amazing beginning to my work.
—Lucas Ramos '19

Everything the Task Force does is to advance systemic social change, particularly for the LGBTQ community. My work specifically focused on the Creating Change conference, one of the most important things the Task Force does. The Creating Change conference focuses on uniting communities, training organizers, and educating activists on various social justice issues. It was similarly educationally enriching, as I learned much about professional activism, social justice policy, and organizing techniques. —Nora Aguiar '21