Victory Congressional Internship

The Victory Institute's Victory Congressional Internship and Victory Congressional Fellowship are developing the next generation of out public leaders. Each summer, the Victory Congressional Internship brings outstanding LGBT college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including:

  • An eight week Congressional internship with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus or an LGBT-friendly member of U.S. Congress to learn firsthand about the federal legislative process
  • An educational and leadership development program to learn about the legislative process and careers in policy-making 

In December, students will attend the Victory Institute's annual international conference for three days of training, skills building, networking and discussion alongside hundreds of openly LGBT leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations.

The Victory Congressional Internship prepares young LGBT people to become informed decision-makers and influential leaders who can change their communities and our world. 

2016 Application Dates

Applications for the 2016 Victory Congressional Internship are are closed.

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>> Download a preview of the application and find out more in Frequently Asked Questions 

2016 Program Dates

>> Meet the Victory Congressional Interns

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recognizes Victory Congressional Interns at Capitol Pride celebration, June 2012


  • Housing accommodations in downtown DC,
  • Stipend to cover other living expenses in DC ($1,000), 
  • Airfare or other transportation to and from Washington, DC, at the beginning and end of the program,
  • Academic credit (depending on each participant's college or university), and
  • Airfare, hotel and conference fees for the Victory Institute's International LGBT Leadership Conference in December.

    >> More Information and Frequently Asked Questions 


    The Victory Congressional Internship is open to undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations. Women, people of color, trans* individuals, individuals with disabilities and individuals from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

    All applicants must meet the following criteria to satisfy the Victory Institute and Congressional requirements:

    • U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or permit to work in the U.S. (Foreign students with F-1 visas are not eligible)
    • 18 years of age before the day of arrival in Washington, D.C.
    • Currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program, will have completed at least one year by the beginning of the program; program participants must have at least one full semester remaining after the program has completed (i.e., students graduating prior to or during the course of the summer program are not eligible)
    • Applicants from a diverse array of disciplines are encouraged
    • Active participation in public and/or community service activities


    The Victory Congressional Internship is made possible with the generous support of:

    Bank of America   



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