Position Descriptions

Internship and Fellowship Descriptions/How to Apply

You can apply for both the Academy for Leadership and Action and Holley Law Fellowship by sending your resume and cover letter to: internship@thetaskforce.org.

Academy for Leadership and Action

The National LGBTQ Task Force’s Academy for Leadership and Action works to develop leadership competencies in three focus areas:

    • The ability to win short-term political victories for the LGBTQ community, primarily through faith organizing in ballot initiative and grassroots legislative campaigns at the state and local level.
    • The ability to provide leadership development within faith-in-action programming for volunteers, faith leaders & clergy; the ability to raise money; and the ability to build long term collaborative relationship.
    • The ability to publicly frame LGBTQ issues within a broader intersectional struggle for justice.

Please stay in touch through the courses and opportunities you’ll find listed on Creating Change Online. (You can request an account on the homepage.) With over 100 hours of courses and many resources, Creating Change Online is a great way to enhance your skills!

We appreciate your interest!

Holley Law Fellowship

Task Force Holley Law Fellowships and externships are available part or full-time each semester and full-time each summer in our Washington, DC office. Holley Law Fellows work in the Task Force Public Policy and Government Affairs Department, which has lawyers working on local, state and federal policy. While here, Holley Law Fellows will get to meet with a diverse network of LGBT and allied attorneys working on a variety of progressive issues.


OPEN INTERNSHIP: Special Events Internship Fall (Miami)

The Miami office of the National LGBTQ Task Force offers internship opportunities year-round and is currently seeking a fall 2016 intern. Special Event internships are an excellent fit for those interested in event planning, hospitality and tourism and communications. Interns assist the staff of the Task Force’s Miami office in various aspects of producing the Task Force’s two largest fundraising events, the Task Force Gala – Miami and Winter Party Festival.


A commitment of at least 20 hours per week is required. The intern is expected to set up a schedule with the Events Director and adhere to that schedule. Applications are accepted year-round. Multiple opportunities may also exist in the spring and summer. Approximate terms of internship:

FALL: Sept. 6, 2016 – Dec. 16, 2016

SPRING: Jan. 2, 2017 – April 28, 2017

SUMMER: May 8, 2017 – August 11, 2017


Interns will gain experience working on large-scale events benefiting a national organization dedicated to advancing full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. Interns are given a high amount of responsibility and work side-by-side with staff members and volunteers on important projects. Special Event Interns will learn aspects of event fundraising, management, operations and production. The intern position will shadow marketing, finance, offer input into projects, will be invited to meetings and may be asked to assist other departments.


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Researching and contacting potential event sponsors, program advertisers and silent auction donors
  • Preparing and distributing event marketing materials
  • Assisting in volunteer recruitment and management efforts
  • Coordinating event logistics
  • Researching potential event venues
  • Creating and maintaining event operations manuals
  • Attending and schedule meetings pertaining to upcoming events
  • Working onsite during the 2016 Task Force Gala – Miami, October 8
  • Coordinating various aspects of the 2017 Winter Party Festival
  • Working on-site during the week of the Festival, March 1-6
  • Assisting in the management of the Miami office
  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of mailing, media and guests lists


  • Strong interpersonal, verbal (including phone work) and written communication skills
  • Basic computer processing skills including Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Fields of interest: large-scale special events and nonprofit development
  • College coursework or comparable work experience preferred
  • Previous internship experience is preferred
  • Self-motivated, good organizational and interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines


Course credit for the internship will depend on the policies of the institution the student is attending. The Task Force staff will provide an evaluation of the intern’s work in accordance with the institution’s standards and procedures. Because interns will come into contact with sensitive information, a confidentiality agreement must be signed prior to the beginning of work. Since the Task Force is a nonprofit agency, we may qualify with certain schools to allow student work-study obligations to be fulfilled by working at the Task Force. Prospective interns should contact their campus Financial Aid office for details. This is a paid internship offering $15 per hour.


Please submit a cover letter stating:

  • The days of the week and hours of the day during which you are available
  • Why you would like to work as a events intern with the National LGBTQ Task Force
  • What you think you can contribute to the Task Force through your work as an intern

Also include:

  • Your resume
  • Three references (contact information, not letters of recommendation)
  • Short writing sample


Please email documents to the attention of the Lisa Mercado at lmercado@thetaskforce.org. Include in the subject line: Intern Application.

Communications & Marketing Internship

Task Force Communications & Marketing internships are usually available part-or-full-time each semester and full-time each summer in both our Washington, DC and New York offices. Interns will aid in a variety of activities, from drafting copy and blogging at various events and functions, to updating social media and Web sites, to assorted marketing activities. Given the fast-paced nature of our work we encourage entrepreneurial, strategic, creative, and politically savvy candidates to apply.

Development Internship

The Task Force Development Internship is available part-or-full-time each semester and full-time each summer in development department, located in our New York, NY office. Development Interns will aid in data entry, administrative functions of the NY office and fundraising efforts of the Development Departments. Ideal candidates will have excellent organization skills, outgoing personalities and should always pay close attention to details.

Government Affairs Internship

Task Force Government Affairs Internships are available part- or full-time each semester and full-time each summer in the Washington, DC office, in our Public Policy and Government Affairs Department. This is the department that seeks to influence federal, state, and local policy that affects the lives of LGBT people through legislative and administrative/regulatory policy. Ideal Government Affairs Interns must have excellent attention to detail, strong writing skills and excellent research abilities.

Pride Internship

The Task Force Pride Internship is available part-or-full-time each semester and full-time each summer in our Development department in the New York, NY office. The Pride Intern will aid in data entry, managing the logistics for all Pride festivals and parades attended by the Task Force, plus organize, maintain, and inventory supply lines. Pride Interns must be able to effectively communicate the mission of the Task Force to a diverse audience and have a willingness to travel at least 25% of the time. Ideal interns will have excellent problem solving, communications and organizational skills with outgoing personalities.

Social Media Internship

Social media intern candidates should be entrepreneurial and combine creativity and strategic thinking with knowledge of online advocacy and social media. The position will supports the Digital Strategies and Social Media Manager and the Communications Team. Candidates should have a strong knowledge of LGBTQ and progressive issues, including racial justice, immigration reform, and reproductive justice. They must also have strong writing skills, an ability to quickly learn new technical skills and experience working as part of a team.

How to Apply for Internships

When we do have internship openings, we’ll link to those job postings on this page.