Internship & Job Search:
Although internship and job searching is similar for everyone, there are specific resources available that can be very helpful to LGBTQ students. Students should be aware that there are many resources available specific to their needs. These resources can answer questions such as the employers policies when it comes to diversity to what not to include on a resume. The internet can be a very helpful resource for LGBTQ students looking to gain relevant work experience and eventually looking to gain full-time employment after graduating from college.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) focuses on training activists and creating local and state allies for the purpose of organizing campaigns supporting full equality for all LGBTQ individuals. The NGLTF works hard to have a voice in Washington and to help create legislation for equality to help improve the health and human service needs of the LGBTQ communities across the country.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) provides internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining relevant work experience working for a non profit organization.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC):
The Human Rights Campaign provides valuable information on various topics, such as: how to address discrimination in the workforce, transgender issues, employee network groups, domestic partner benefits, to name just a few. The HRC also provides information on internships and jobs for LGBTQ individuals.
The Coming Out Project helps LGBTQ individuals deal with issues that directly affect them at home, school, and in the workforce.
Idealist.org offers listings for LGBTQ students interested in interning, volunteering, or working in related non-profit organizations. With over 500 LGBTQ organizations available just within the US and even more abroad, individuals can find many opportunities to match their requirements. To access the listings, enter LGBTQ under What? and then in the left hand margin you will see Areas of Focus where you will click on LGBT.
The Victory Fund:
The Victory Fund provides full and part-time internship opportunities for LGBTQ students interested in gaining the experience and skills required to obtain full-time employment in political activism.
ProGayJobs is a great online resource for individuals seeking employment with organizations that welcome and embrace diversity, particularly for LGBTQ individuals. Individuals can post their resume online, search for job listings, learn interviewing techniques, receive email notifications, plus much more.
Immigration Equality is a Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force (now called Immigration Equality) which consists of a coalition of immigrants, attorneys and other activists who engage in discovering the impact of discriminatory laws and the widespread affect they have on the Gay and Lesbian community.
Out and Equal Workplace Advocate's LGBT CareerLink:
Out and Equal Workplace Advocate's LGBT CareerLink is a place where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals can find employment at diversity-friendly companies. Individuals can use this resource to find jobs, learn about employment at diversity-friendly companies and research careers by networking with LGBT and allied professionals throughout the country.
Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life (Book):
Karen Schweitzer, About.com Guide to Business School, recommends the book Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life as a practical and useful guide for students who are looking to make the most out of their college experience.
Top LGBT Scholarships:
Kathy Beige, About.com Guide to Lesbian Life, offers information on some of the Top 9 Scholarships for LGBT Students. Kathy also suggests that students research additional local, regional, and national gay community organizations that may not be included in this list.