Field Department Internship Summer 2012
Human Rights Campaign - Washington, DC

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Field Internship
The Human Rights Campaign's Field Department engages in state and local advocacy and electoral work. The Field team at HRC works with advocacy groups and fair-minded legislators across the country to advance gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality at the state and local levels. TheField team tracks all legislative developments at the state level; provides legislative language and legal analysis; offers legislative, political, and electoral assistance; activates grassroots support for federal legislative priorities and endorsed candidates; and convenes meetings, conferences and trainings for activists and state LGBT leaders. HRC provides similar financial and staff support to ballot campaigns conducted to advance LGBT equality or to defeat anti-LGBT measures.

The Field team also identifies, organizes and mobilizes volunteers to meet face to face with elected officials, organizes voter registration drives, turns out the vote on Election Day, and organizes rallies, news conferences and town hall meetings nationwide.

Responsibilities

Engaging members in grassroots activism through multi-media outreach, management of Field inbox, and response to member inquiries.
Lobbying members of Congress and their staff on key legislation
Electoral field work and volunteer recruitment
Researching legislative and electoral issues
Special Projects as needed
Other administrative duties as needed

Qualifications

Excellent writing and communication skills
Willing to learn about state and federal legislation and elections
Basic proficiency in or willing to work with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel; proficiency in Power Point is a plus but not required

Outcomes

Through the Field Internship Experience, the intern can expect to:

Have a better understanding of the electoral, lobbying, and legislative process
Correspond with a variety of members on a breadthof issues, developing strong correspondence skills
Learn how to run a phone bank, how to run a lobby visit, and how to write a field plan.
Expand their understanding of bills and laws affecting the LGBT community and the work HRC does in the states

Other

This is an unpaid internship. Credit is available upon request.
All internships are based out of our offices in Washington, DC. HRC does not provide housing for our interns.
Please send all resumes and cover letters in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.
Please refer questions to our website.
For any other questions, e-mail intern@hrc.org .
No phone calls, please.

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