Victory Congressional Internship

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.

The Spring semester will begin January 29, 2021.

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 Spring 2021 cohort will complete weekly virtual leadership development and mentorship, and when it is safe to travel to and work in Washington, DC, Spring 2021 interns will join a future cohort to complete their in-person internship on Capitol Hill.


Apply to the 2020-2021 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.

Application Deadlines

Upcoming cohort deadlines will be announced soon.

Application Components

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, Director of Domestic Programs, at [email protected]


  • 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 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 Sarah Pope, Director of Domestic Programs, at [email protected].

Meet the Spring 2021 Victory Congressional Interns!


Meet the Spring 2021 cohort of Victory Congressional Interns.

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, and 2020.


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, VP of Development, at [email protected].

Christopher Massicotte

Robert M. Saltzman