Public Policy Internship

Location: Preferably Washington, DC; Remote Internships also available
Reports to: Director of Federal Policy


Founded in 1979, Family Equality’s mission is to ensure legal and lived equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change.

We envision a future where all LGBTQ families, regardless of creation or composition, live in communities that recognize, respect, protect, and value them. We envision a world in which everyone has the right and should have the opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, national origin, geography, socioeconomic status, disability, or the intersection of those characteristics. Finally, we envision systems of service and support that are free of discrimination and that maximize opportunities for youth needing permanency and LGBTQ adults seeking family formation.

Internship Summary:

Family Equality is seeking a Public Policy Intern for Summer 2022 to work with the Director of Federal Policy, preferably in Washington, DC (remote options are available). The Public Policy Intern will help the policy team develop and implement the Every Child Deserves A Family Campaign, linking national and state efforts to protect and promote the rights of LGBTQ people to adopt and foster children. The Public Policy Intern will assist Family Equality’s Policy Team with legislative, regulatory, and policy goals as advocates for LGBTQ parents, youth and families. The Public Policy Intern will have the opportunity to learn about advocacy campaigns, law and policy affecting LGBTQ families, and the legislative process. The Public Policy Intern will create public policy outreach materials, carry out communications with Congressional staff, carry out research on members of Congress, and will have the opportunity to attend meetings with members of Congress and/or their staff, as well as develop materials and carry out outreach to campaign members.


  • We are seeking both 3/4-time (32 hours per week) and full-time (40 hours per week) interns.
  • The Public Policy Intern will engage in a range of day-to-day activities, including drafting advocacy materials, direct advocacy with agencies and congressional offices, contributing to social justice coalitions, and policy research and writing projects.
  • The Public Policy Intern will have the opportunity to manage at least one project, and will receive training in policy advocacy, Congressional communications, policy campaign development, and more.

Minimum Qualifications:

All candidates must have a “can do” attitude, enjoy a fast-paced environment, be highly organized without losing sight of larger objectives, and be committed to justice and equality for LGBTQ families.

  • The Public Policy Internship is open to law students, graduate students, college graduates, or upper level undergraduates.
  • We encourage those with a demonstrated interest or background in LGBTQ rights, civil rights, family or child welfare law or policy, or social justice issues to apply.
  • Selected applicants will have strong writing, speaking, and organizational skills, and be ready to learn.

Family Equality will provide a $1,000 stipend for this internship.

How to Apply

To apply, submit your application through Idealist.

Family Equality provides a team-based environment and we value the benefits of a diversified workplace. Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Family Equality is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, citizenship, physical or mental disability (including HIV status), ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, discipline, discharge, compensation, training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.