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Policy Intern

Reports To: Director of Public Policy

Location: Washington, DC


The GLSEN Public Policy team leads the development of inclusive and affirming state and school district policies that create a positive school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. GLSEN’s policy work strives to contribute to the dismantling of all identity-based oppressions including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, ability, and immigration status.

GLSEN’s Policy Staff is seeking an energized and detail oriented intern to join our team for Fall (September to December) 2019.  We are looking for a member of our team who is ready to jump in, stay organized, and implement a variety of small and large scale projects related to supporting our advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.

This internship is paid at the rate of $15/hr.

About the Ed Pierce Internship:
The Ed Pierce Internship was established to honor the memory of GLSEN Board Member Ed Pierce, and to ensure his legacy and commitment to LGBT youth lives on. Ed’s years of service and generous contributions to GLSEN will be remembered through the professional development and training of young people who, with the skills they gain from GLSEN’s internship program, will carry forward his commitment to helping LGBTQ youth thrive through education.

Apply if you are:

  • Interested in gaining experience in nonprofit management, community organizing, and social justice work
  • Passionate about safe and inclusive schools for all students
  • Knowledgeable about (or eager to learn about) and drive change on the issues LGBT students face in school


  • Assist in the creation and revision of advocacy resources for GLSEN chapter network
  • Assist in planning and logistics for annual Policy Coordinator Summit
  • Support data collection efforts for Local Safe Schools Policy Survey
  • Support GLSEN Policy office in the production of webinars, workshops, and/or presentations
  • Draft content related to policy priorities for external audiences, including but not limited to drafting content for social media or online action alerts
  • Administrative and other duties as assigned

Our ideal candidate is:

  • Detail-oriented, a self-starter, and a team player.
  • Great at communicating—especially about government, public affairs, or policy.
  • Excited about solving problems and working in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong and resourceful researcher with general knowledge about civics and how government works
  • Someone with a background or strong interest in LGBTQ advocacy, civil rights advocacy, and/or K-12 education policy
  • Committed to racial equity and dismantling all forms of oppression
  • Software savvy—with experience in or willing to learn the Microsoft Suite, the Google suite, Quorum, and EveryAction platforms. Training will be provided as necessary.  

Schedule and Details:

  • Expected commitment of 15 to 20 hours a week, for 10-15 weeks.
  • Our office is near McPherson Square in Washington, DC. Candidates will be expected to complete internship in office.
  • We will interview and select interns on a rolling basis.
  • Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and experience, your resume, and a writing sample of 1-2 pages at


GLSEN strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism (among other forms of identity-based discrimination) undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike and how to promote inclusivity to prevent and counteract them. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools across the United States, and our network of 41 community-led chapters in 28 states brings GLSEN’s expertise to local communities.

GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, people with disabilities, women, and non-LGBTQ people to apply.