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 as well as engaging with subject-matter experts across the District of Columbia across working 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.
The Fall semester will begin September 8, 2020.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person components of the Victory Congressional Internship are postponed at this time. Interns accepted into the Fall 2020 cohort will complete weekly virtual leadership development and mentorship, and when it is safe to travel to and work in Washington, DC, Fall 2020 interns will join a future cohort to complete their in-person internship on Capitol Hill.
Apply to the 2020 Victory Congressional Internship
We are excited to announce that thanks to additional sponsorship support, we will be providing year-round internship opportunities. We will continue our eight-week summer program, along with new ten-week semester (Fall/Spring) cohorts.
Tentative deadlines subject to change.
- Summer 2020: March 9 (Closed)
- Fall 2020: DEADLINE EXTENDED – August 3
- Spring 2021: TBD
Online Application will ask for the following:
- Professional Resume (one-page)
- Unofficial Transcript
- Two Essay Responses
- Professional Headshot
- 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 Sarah Pope, Domestic Programs Manager at [email protected] For Fall 2020, please have your letter emailed by no later than August 3, 2020.
- Housing accommodations in downtown DC,
- $1,000 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 2020.
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 Sarah Pope, Domestic Programs Manager at [email protected].
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.