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January 1, 2019 at 9:08 am

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Type: Internship

Reports to: Program Managers

Term: Summer 2019 (Internships are provided on a Quarterly and Semester basis depending on the interns’ academic calendar.)

Hours: 8-40 hours per week.

Organizational Background

Equality California (EQCA) is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) civil rights organization with over 800,000 members. Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. Through its legislative work, EQCA has successfully sponsored 127 pieces of pro-equality legislation cementing California as the state with strongest LGBTQ-civil rights protections in the country.

Equality California Institute (EQCAI) is a 501(c)3 organization that has a parallel mission statement to EQCA, its 501(c)4 counterpart. EQCAI educates the broader community on important LGBTQ issues such as transgender equality, violence and hate crimes, healthcare, health disparities, the needs of LGBTQ seniors and youth, homelessness and immigration. Over the last five years, EQCAI has spearheaded successful programs to tackle these issues, including multiple public education campaigns, such as Transform California, Equality4All, #Take It, I’m PrEPed, Let California Ring, Fair Share for Equality, the Breakthrough Conversations Project, and Health Happens with Equality.

Equality California Political Action Committees advocate for candidates who support full equality and social justice for LGBTQ Californians, as well as for issues and initiatives that further these priorities. We oppose candidates and issues that hinder progress toward full LGBTQ equality and social justice.

Position Overview

Interns will gain experience in one/some/all of the following departments depending on their interests: political, field, legislative advocacy, programs and development. Candidates interested in communications should apply for the EQCA communications internship.

While day to day activities will likely vary, there will be a focus on the following responsibilities:

  • Help build visible support for LGBTQ equality.
  • Engage our members to help ensure our legislative priorities are enacted into law.
  • Participate in organizing political outreach actions for EQCA’s PAC-endorsed candidates for federal, state, and local offices.
  • Conduct research on various existing or potential pieces of legislation related to the LGBT community.
  • Coordinate public education activities around topics like the health care, immigration reform, improved data collection, school safety, violence against the transgender community, etc.


Applicants for this position should bring the following knowledge, abilities, and attitude:

  • Demonstrate a strong passion for LGBTQ equality and social justice.
  • Strong writing and research ability.
  • Ability to be a team player and work in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse ethnicities, race, age, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
  • Prior experience working in the LGBTQ equality movement is a plus.

Equality California is an equal employment opportunity employer. Equality California does not make employment decisions or discriminate based on protected characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicaps, veteran status, or genetic information as prescribed by applicable local, state, and federal law. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, people of diverse gender identities, and non-LGBTQ allies.

Application Instructions

Please email: a resume, cover letter & any references to Brad Lundahl at brad@eqca.org

Please title subject heading of email: EQCA Internship – Your Name

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