Victory Institute’s signature internship and fellowship programs – as well as its Presidential Appointments Initiative – develops and promotes LGBTQ leaders with varied levels of experience.
Through our internships and fellowships, you can work in the U.S. Capitol, attend our four-day Candidate & Campaign Training, or take advanced leadership training sessions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Our Presidential Appointments Initiative aims to secure appointments in pro-equality presidential administrations.
Victory Congressional Internship
“Victory Institute provided the advice and resources necessary to make the internship successful. I definitely think it is best to work on the Hill through an organization like Victory Institute because there is much more support.”
Tayler Butler (interned with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin)
We bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C. year-round (Spring, Summer, Fall) for an intensive leadership program that includes an internship with an LGBTQ-friendly member of Congress.
Victory Empowerment Fellowship
“Through the Victory Empowerment Fellowship, I gained the experience and knowledge that is needed to ensure my campaign is strong and successful. The Victory staff, as well as the alumni, are now like family.”
Mariah Moore ’19
This fellowship is for emerging LGBTQ leaders of color and/or transgender leaders who seek to expand their campaign skills and policy-making power and be part of a strong cohort of movement leaders from across the country.
Victory Congressional Fellowship
“The Congressional Fellowship has been invaluable to me. Through the fellowship, I am able to engage in substantive, meaningful work and get an understanding of how Capitol Hill works in ways I would never have otherwise.”
We bring an emerging LGBTQ leader to Washington, D.C. for a year-long intensive fellowship that will support the executive director of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, co-chaired by the nine openly LGBTQ members of Congress.
Bohnett Leaders Fellowship
“It changed who I am. It has radically changed the way that I’ve I worked. I went back to the Capitol and began working on even more issues and really began to push my own comfort zone.”
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
Designed for senior-level executives working with state and local governments — including government officials and elected officeholders — this intensive, three-week Executive Education program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts hones skills and furthers the leadership potential of accomplished individuals from across the United States.
Presidential Appointments Initiative
“I am a product of the Presidential Appointments Initiative. Putting me on the list brought my name to the attention of people who didn’t know I was gay, but knew me in different capacities.”
Eric Fanning, Former Secretary of the Army
The Presidential Appointments Initiative works with LGBTQ leaders and pro-equality presidential administrations to ensure LGBTQ people are included in government.