Gay internships..... not easy to find

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    Mar 11, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    Hey guys,
    In May I am going to graduate from high school and move back to America to spend my summer there before I start college. Since I don't really have a hometown in the states anymore I can end up living anywhere in the country and I have been looking really hard to find a way to intern with a company/business with a focus on LGBT issues. Being an 18 year old though I don't have any networking connections to find a good place to go. That is where you come in. I was hoping that someone on this site would have an idea of a place to continue my search, or even better, have a company/hotel/organization in mind that is looking for summer interns. Any help would be greatly appreiciated icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 11, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    I've never heard of any intern program looking for people out of High School. It's almost always people out of college.
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    Mar 11, 2008 3:41 PM GMT
    Internships are either 1) for pay 2) for college credit 3) for both. Most LGBT issue oriented internships I can think of would be for a civic group or a lobbying group. Both do not have a lot of money and so would be reluctant to pay you out of pocket.

    You could talk to someone at your college. The career center, or internship coordinator might be able to change your date of admission to the summer and let you do a 3-credit independent study, as it is getting rather late to set up an actual internship.

    Most payed internships in these organizations I have heard of were through Americorps, which I do not believe your qualify for yet.

    You can however volunteer. It doesn't look as shiny on a resume as an internship does, but there will be plenty of time for that before you graduate. The only catch is, you have to make sure it is a not-for-profit, otherwise it is both illegal and shady looking on a resume.

    good luck.
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    Mar 11, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    Isn't Larry Craig looking for interns? I'm sure you'll be a shoe-in if you know how to tap. icon_lol.gif

    (I couldn't help it.)

    Really though, you should mention which cities/states you're looking into. There are tons of opportunities for you, just narrow your search.
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    Mar 11, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    Agreed - are you looking to do work in LGBT issues specifically or just in a company HR dept. where those issues would be dealt with?

    If it's the former, you can always try the big national orgs. These are geared mainly toward college kids but I think if you put together a good application and show you're motivated, you could make a good case. Also, keep in mind, I think just about all of these are based in Washington, DC.

    HRC Internships

    NGLTF Internships

    GLAAD Internships

    GLSEN Interships
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    Mar 11, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    i don't know many companies looking for high school interns...

    maybe try working for a non-profit in the meantime.
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    Mar 16, 2008 9:28 AM GMT
    Thanks for the links gigaram, there is some good stuff on here that I will pursue further.
    Yeah, saying "internship" probably wasn't the best choice of words since that has a undergraduate-employer bond that I don't really fit into yet. A more appropriate choice of words would probably have been "seasonal work of any kind (haha and spare me the hustler jokes)" within the community. As far as location though I have ties in Michigan, Illinois, and Washington.
    Thanks for all the help everyone.