Victory Congressional Internship

We are now accepting applications for the Fall ’21 Victory Congressional Internship!

Applications are due by July 12th, 2021.

Program Overview

The Victory Institute’s Victory Congressional Internship is developing the next generation of out public leaders. Each semester, the Victory Congressional Internship brings outstanding LGBTQ undergraduate students to Washington, DC, for an intensive leadership program, including:

  • An 8-10 week Congressional internship with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus or an LGBTQ-friendly member of U.S. Congress to learn firsthand about the federal legislative process; and
  • An educational and leadership development program to learn about careers in policy-making and engage with subject-matter experts in the District of Columbia working across sectors.

In December, students will attend the Victory Institute’s annual International LGBTQ Leaders Conference for three days of training, skills building, networking, and discussion alongside hundreds of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business, and community organizations.

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

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person components of the Victory Congressional Internship were postponed for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 cohorts. These cohorts have completed weekly virtual leadership development and mentorship and are completing their internship on Capitol Hill virtually this summer.


Apply to the 2021-2022 Victory Congressional Internship

With additional sponsorship support, we began providing year-round internship opportunities in 2020. We will continue our traditional eight-week summer program, along with ten-week semester (Fall/Spring) cohorts.

Application Deadlines

Fall ’21 Application Deadline: July 12th, 2021

Application Components

Online Application will ask for the following:

  • Professional Resume (one-page)
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Two Essay Responses
  • Professional Headshot
  • Professional Biography
  • Demographic Information

Sent directly via email:

  • One Letter of Recommendation

You will need to submit one letter of recommendation – either from an academic institution or from someone who can speak to your leadership skills. Please have your recommender email the letter directly to Lucy Arthur-Paratley, Domestic Programs Manager, at [email protected]


  • Housing accommodations in downtown DC,
  • $1,100 stipend to cover other living expenses in DC,
  • 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, shared hotel, and conference fees covered for the Victory Institute’s International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in December 2021.

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. Must be LGBTQ+ to qualify. Note that “allies” of the LGBTQ community do not qualify.

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

For questions regarding the Victory Congressional Internship Program, please contact Lucy Arthur-Paratley, Domestic Programs Manager, at [email protected]

Meet the Summer 2021 Victory Congressional Interns!

Due to the pandemic, interns from the preceding three semesters were invited to complete their internship placement this summer. We are proud to announce the congressional placements of sixteen interns for the Summer 2021 VCI cohort!

Program Alumni

Since 2011, the Victory Congressional Interns have brought critical LGBTQ voices to Capitol Hill each summer. Meet our Victory Congressional Interns from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021.

A comprehensive list of all Victory Congressional Interns from 2011 to the present is available here.


LGBTQ Victory Institute would like to give special thanks to our program supporters. Their philanthropy ensures that this program has the financial resources it needs to offer our Victory Congressional Internship.

If you are interested in learning how you/your company can support the Victory Congressional Internship program please contact Seth Schermer, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, at [email protected].

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