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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.

Communications Internship

The Communications Department at the Human Rights Campaign is responsible for the organization’s media relations and message development. This internship focuses on media relations and media monitoring, offering an opportunity to learn the techniques and strategies used in press outreach for a large non-profit organization, such as pitching HRC events to generate media coverage, as well as the strategies involved in shaping external communications and messaging about LGBTQ issues and the LGBTQ community. This internship represents an excellent opportunity for someone interested in learning about the fast-paced career of non-profit communications. 


The Communications Department internship consists of significant media monitoring and research, as well as editorial work. Responsibilities will entail a mix of administration and substantive work experience, including:

  • Monitoring major news outlets and preparing daily clips for staff
  • Assisting in the drafting of HRC's daily tipsheet, talking points and other communications documents
  • Pitching HRC events and news to media outlets and working to generate coverage
  • Editing and proofreading, using AP style
  • General research duties
  • Maintaining existing press contact databases and identifying new contacts
  • Assisting with multimedia production, including video tapings and photo shoots, as well as other HRC events
  • Other administrative duties as needed


  • Majors in journalism, communications, English, public relations or related fields preferred
  • Professional writing, editing, proofreading and communication skills
  • Strong copyediting skills, a strong command of English spelling and grammar; experience with AP style preferred
  • Proficiency and experience with online research
  • General computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Google Apps (Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.)
  • Demonstrated interest in LGBTQ issues
  • Team player who is willing to pitch in and help out a definite plus — creativity welcome!


  • Gain hands-on experience in non-profit communications work, including an insider’s view of professional media relations
  • Increase professional writing and editing skills
  • Expand understanding of issues and laws affecting the LGBTQ community
  • Gain a better understanding of the political process of a non-profit


  • This is an unpaid internship. A limited amount of scholarship funds are available based on proven financial need and a commitment to diversity. Apply within the internship application
  • 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
  • Resume and cover letter should be provided in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format
  • Please refer to our intern FAQs
  • For any other questions, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 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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