General Intern

NCTE accepts rolling applications for Fall, Spring and Summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students (including MSW). Applicants may apply as a general intern or social work intern. Law Students see Legal Internships/Fellowships here. Generally, interns will gain experience in all areas of the organization; however, applicant preferences for focuses of their internship (policy, racial and economic justice, social work,  communications, or development) will be honored to the best of NCTE’s ability. Internships have flexible start and end dates. While internships are typically unpaid during the school year, during the summer NCTE offers a stipend that should cover living expenses in DC. NCTE can also work with a student's university to assure academic credit is received (if eligible for credit).

If you are applying for a Fall 2015 internship, we recommend you submit your application by June 30th, 2015.

Interns will be responsible for a mixture of the below based on the needs of the organization and the interest of the applicant:

  • Provide research and analysis on current policy issues
  • Track local and federal policies
  • Educate policymakers and key stakeholders
  • Attend hearings, coalitional meetings, and community events
  • Research and write blog posts and public education materials on social and political issues important to transgender people
  • Monitor and produce monthly analytics on NCTE's digital properties
  • Draft and edit press releases and media advisories
  • Maintain press contact list
  • Assist with managing press events
  • Maintain development systems including individual donor tracking, grant calendar, and event calendar
  • Assist with individual donor research and correspondence
  • Turn NCTE’s policy work into compelling stories to use in development materials
  • Coordinate small event logistics and assist with event outreach

Potential Social Work Interns:

  • All of the above as appropriate or according to interest
  • Providing assistance to callers in need of assistance
  • Researching social science and drafting memorandums in support of policy changes

All general interns will be expected to assist with the day to day operation of the organization including, but not limited to, drafting correspondence, answering phones, event logistics, and other duties as assigned. However,  NCTE is committed to ensuring that all interns have an exceptional learning experience with real hands on organizational work. Administrative functions will never constitute more than a small part of the intern experience.

  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to excel at working both independently and collaboratively
  • A commitment to transgender equality
  • Demonstrated interest in transgender, LGBT, health care, privacy, civil rights or related issues is a plus

Interns work out of our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours for 15-20 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters or for 40 hours per week during the summer.

Application Information: 

Mail, or email a resume, cover letter, and a 1-5 page writing sample to Emily Rainone at Cover letters should describe your background, experience, and interest in this work and should specify if you have a specific interest in Policy, Racial and Economic Justice, Social Work, Communications, or Development.

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