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Equality California Institute Jim Nickoff Internship


At EQCA, we believe outstanding people are the key to our success. 

As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.


Equality California Institute Jim Nickoff Internship

This opportunity is through our c(3) sister organization, the Equality California Institute (EQCAI).

Please visit www.eqcai.org/nickoff for a PDF of the position description.


Organization Description

Equality California Institute (EQCAI) and its sister organizations (Equality California, Equality California PAC) share a common mission to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. For more information about EQCAI, visit our web site: www.eqcai.org.


Internship Description

The Jim Nickoff Internship was founded in 2007 as an annual program to provide LGBT, questioning and allied youth an opportunity to learn about the community and gain hands-on experience in LGBT rights advocacy. This part-time summer internship will be supervised by the Government Affairs Director. Preference will be given to Sacramento, California based intern applicants although Los Angeles and San Francisco candidates will also be considered. The candidate will receive a $1,500 stipend.


Jim Nickoff Background

Jim Nickoff came out at the age of 14 in 1976 in Michigan and was kicked out of his home a year later. Like many LGBT youth, he suffered from horrendous bullying. Jim attempted suicide as a teenager. After graduating from college he moved to San Francisco and became a tireless advocate for the LGBT community, working for many organizations and elected officials. Jim served as Equality California’s treasurer for over five years. Having never healed from the wounds of being bullied and rejected by his parents as a teenager, Jim committed suicide in December of 2007. His husband, Dave Lawson, his best friend, Geoff Kors and others who knew and loved Jim established an endowed fund to create an annual paid internship in Jim’s memory. The Jim Nickoff Internship provides a high school student an opportunity to learn about the LGBT community and how we work to advance the cause of equality Jim cared so passionately about.



Applicants must:

  • Be a high school student
  • Have a strong commitment to EQCAI’s mission of achieving equality for LGBT Californians
  • Want experience with or have a desire to learn about LGBT issues and the legislative process 
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Web design and/or multimedia skills are a plus but not required

Please submit personal statement to nickoffinternship@eqca.org no later than June 6, 2011.



  • Learn to research public policy issues
  • Attend, monitor and take notes at policy hearings
  • Help to plan and implement press conferences
  • Draft responses to member inquiries
  • Develop web, blog and social networking content
  • Write and publish an op-ed on an issue relating to LGBT rights
  • Assist in the day-to-day office operations
  • Participate in special projects


How to Apply

Please submit a resume and a personal statement of no more than 500 words about your personal experiences as an LGBTQ youth or ally and why you are interested in the Jim Nickoff Internship to nickoffinternship@eqca.org by June 6, 2011. Please put “Jim Nickoff Internship” in the subject line of email. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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