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 LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including:

  • An eight week Congressional internship with a member of the LGBTQ 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 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 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.

2017 Application Dates

Applications for the 2017 Victory Congressional Internship were due on February 17, 2017. Please check back next year to apply.

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

2017 Program Dates

  • May 30 - July 28, 2017 (8 weeks)
  • International LGBTQ Leaders Conference: December 2017

Meet the Victory Congressional Interns


  • 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 LGBTQ 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