PFLAG National is looking for committed interns for paid opportunities.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall interns (starting early September, ending early December). The extended application deadline is Monday, August 22; we will consider resumes received after that date on a rolling basis.

We have openings for:

About Us

PFLAG National is the first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies. With nearly 250,000 members and supporters and 400 chapters in the United States, this vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, the Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors. 

Program Description

The PFLAG National Office has graduate and undergraduate full-time and part-time paid internships available each school semester, and summer, for college and university students or recent graduates.

Interns will gain experience working in a national organization dedicated to ending discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, with a high degree of exposure to national issues and events gained in a fast-paced setting. Interns will participate in department staff meetings where strategy is determined and plans are prepared. Interns are given a high amount of responsibility and work side-by-side with staff members working on important issues and projects.

Interns will receive a stipend of $15.20/hour, and are responsible for their own lodging and living expenses, and any other costs. PFLAG National is a nonprofit organization, and we may qualify with certain schools to allow student work-study obligations to be fulfilled with your internship. Prospective interns should contact their campus Financial Aid office for details. 

Course credit for the internship will depend on the policies of the particular institution the student is attending. The status of a particular internship as credit or non-credit will be determined before any particular internship is offered. PFLAG National staff will provide an evaluation of the intern's work in accord with the institution's standards and procedures.

Who Can Apply?

Full-time or part-time University/College students and recent graduates based in the U.S. may apply.

Internship Application Deadlines

Applications are now being accepted for Fall interns (starting early September, ending early December). The extended application deadline is Monday, August 22; we will consider resumes received after that date on a rolling basis.

Please see the descriptions below for materials that should be included with your application, and to whom they should be submitted.

 

CHAPTER ENGAGEMENT INTERN

The Chapter Engagement Intern’s primary role is to bolster the department’s staff and our role in supporting PFLAG’s chapter network. The chapter engagement team works with a strong interdisciplinary approach that complements and supports all departments across the organization. Interns will work remotely or from the PFLAG National office in Washington DC. Depending on the requirements of an intern’s college or university, an intern may receive course credit. An evaluation of the intern’s work will be provided that corresponds to an institution’s prescribed requirements.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing and updating resources for the chapter network

  • Learning and participating in the assessment, development, and engagement of volunteer chapter leaders

  • Learning and practicing database management and updates using Salesforce

  • Supporting staff in developing resources that support chapter operations

  • Contribution and participation in ad hoc cross-departmental project work

  • Coordinating and presenting virtual programming within the chapter network  

Requirements:

Experience with community-based, grassroots organizing or electoral/campaign mobilization work is preferable. The ideal candidate will have previous experience or coursework related to the nonprofit sector, education, social work, human services, community engagement, or similar fields. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to LGBTQ+ equality

  • The ability to think creatively and interest in volunteer management, development, and support

  • Experience and familiarity with digital workspaces including Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and Zoom

  • Good organizational skills and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines

  • Can commit at least 20 hours per week.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted via email to the attention of Shaun Connors at [email protected], and must include:

  • A letter of interest stating:
    • The approximate dates you are available and the estimated time per week
    • Why you would like to work as a PFLAG National Chapter Engagement Intern
    • What you can contribute to PFLAG National through your work as an intern
  • Resume/CV, including references (if available) 
  • Your college transcript (does not need to be official)

Please note: Any submissions that do NOT include a cover note will not be considered; this is our introduction to you, we look forward to reading it!

 

ADVOCACY & POLICY INTERN

The Advocacy and Policy Intern’s primary role is to provide support to the Advocacy, Policy & Partnerships Department staff. Advocacy & Policy interns will work remotely or from the PFLAG National office in Washington DC.  Depending on the requirements of an intern’s college or university, an intern may receive course credit.  An evaluation of the intern’s work will be provided that corresponds to an institution’s prescribed requirements.

Responsibilities:

The Advocacy & Policy Intern will develop knowledge and skills and gain practical and participative experience in matters of mostly federal and state legislation and advocacy by:

  • Learning the structure, procedures and practices of federal and state legislative and executive branches of government and using tools to reach and work with them

  • Track and summarize proposed federal, state, and local legislation which impacts the LGBTQ+ community and their families;

  • Learning and using SalesForce and Salsa advocacy tools

  • Researching and drafting PFLAG policy newsletter and other advocacy tools 

  • Participating and taking notes in weekly state and federal policy meetings to stay current and provide support on current or emerging bills, actions or proposals

  • Participating in a review of the PFLAG National glossary

Requirements:

Public affairs, government, or nonprofit experience is a plus. The ideal candidate will have had a demonstrated interest in or previous internship experience, volunteerism (including on campus), active pre-professional organization involvement or coursework related to any of these. 

The successful applicant will have:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Working knowledge and use of Associated Press (AP) Style;

  • Excellent research, fact-compiling, and fact-checking skills; 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to LGBTQ+ equality;

  • Attention to detail and proofreading skills;

  • The ability to think creatively and interest in, and experience with federal, state, and/or local policy;

  • Proficiency with GSuite/Google and Microsoft Suite;

  • Can commit at least 20 hours per week.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted via email to the attention of Patrick Cochran at [email protected], and must include:

  • A letter of interest stating:
    • The approximate dates you are available and the estimated time per week.
    • Why you would like to work as a PFLAG National Intern
    • What you can contribute to PFLAG National through your work as an intern
  • Resume/CV, including references (if available); and 
  • Your college transcript (does not need to be official)

Please note: Any submissions that do NOT include a cover note will not be considered; this is our introduction to you, we look forward to reading it!

 

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

The Communications Intern’s primary role is to provide support to the Communications Department staff. Communications interns will work remotely or from the PFLAG National office in Washington DC.  Depending on the requirements of an intern’s college or university, an intern may receive course credit.  An evaluation of the intern’s work will be provided that corresponds to an institution’s prescribed requirements.

Responsibilities:

The Communications Intern will develop skills in public relations and digital communications such as:

  • Drafting blog entries, social media posts, and other written materials;

  • Tracking communications efforts by other LGBTQ+ organizations;

  • Tracking social media, press clips, and website analytics;

  • Brainstorming, creating, and managing multichannel campaign initiatives;

  • Assisting in the planning and implementation of layout and design projects;

  • Assisting in media planning, identifying outlets to target and developing pitches;

  • Assisting with special communications projects as needed; 

Requirements:

Public relations, social media, journalism, or communications experience is a plus. The ideal candidate will have had previous internship experience or coursework related to public relations, social media, communications, or journalism. 

The successful applicant will have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to LGBTQ+ equality;

  • The ability to think creatively;

  • An interest in and experience with media storytelling;

  • Completed course work in media planning, fact-checking, researching, editing, etc.;

  • Completed course work in social media planning, calendars, and use;

  • Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok;

  • Experience with Google Apps;

  • Good organizational skills and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines; and 

  • Can commit at least 20 hours per week.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted via email to the attention of Laura McGinnis at [email protected], and must include:

  • A letter of interest stating:

    • The approximate dates and the estimated time per week you are available

    • Why you would like to work as a PFLAG National Communications Intern

    • What you can contribute to PFLAG National through your work as an intern

    • Information you feel is relevant to share about your experience.

  • Resume/CV, including at least 1 reference from a former/current employer or faculty member 

  • Sample you feel might be relevant, including

    • Writing samples (ex: blog entries, speeches, press releases, etc)

    • Social media samples

    • Graphic design samples

Please note: Any submissions that do NOT include a cover note will not be considered; this is our introduction to you, we look forward to reading it!