2015-2016 Internship Opportunities
EqualityMaine is the state’s largest and oldest LGBT rights and advocacy organization. Formed in 1984, EQME has worked in coalition with local and national partner organizations to successfully amend Maine’s statewide laws to be LGBT-inclusive, including non-discrimination, anti-bullying in schools and marriage equality. Despite legal victories, there is still much work left to be done to ensure that equality is real for all members of our community. Full equality is when all LGBT Mainers are safe, healthy and whole, and living open and authentic lives—regardless of their age, their gender identity or expression, or where in Maine they live. EqualityMaine works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, education, community organizing and collaboration.
Requirements: We are seeking enthusiastic interns who are passionate about our mission and possess the following attributes:
- Interest in social justice and politics
- Detail-oriented, organized, and computer-literate
- Strong written and verbal communications skills
- Ability to work both as part of a team and independently
- Experience working with youth and adults
- Dependable and responsible
- Demonstrated experience/knowledge related to the internship(s) for which you are applying.
Time requirements: Schedules can be flexible, but interns should be available at least 8-10 hours per week in our Portland office, with some occasional evening and weekend hours. We strongly encourage interns to arrange course credit from their school if possible. Internships are not paid positions. All interns will be encouraged to create a portfolio project over the course of their internship.
To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Christopher O’Connor, Development Director at email@example.com.
For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 761-3732 x19.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM INTERNSHIP
EqualityMaine has a rich history of empowering youth through leadership development and real world experiences. The ntern will assist the Program Coordinator with our youth initiatives, including supporting our partnership with GLSEN Southern Maine. The work includes supporting school GSTAs, providing programs for regional youth meetings, and working with youth leaders. The Program Intern may be responsible for completing research projects to support this work, reviewing educational guidelines and school policies that affect LGBT youth, and other related tasks associated with our youth programs.
If you’re interested in politics and/or public policy, our Advocacy Internship might be for you. As an intern you can help us protect our laws and policies from attack and promote bills and policies that support our mission. This internship has the possibility of starting in January and will allow you to learn about our legislative and policy advocacy, get to know state representatives and senators, organize public interest, and provide ample opportunity to learn firsthand about Maine’s political process.
COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP
As a state-wide non-profit, political advocacy organization, communication with our membership and the general community is a critical component of our work. The intern will assist with the creation and implementation of our and/or media/public relations. Likely responsibilities will include social media updating and monitoring (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube), media monitoring, website updates, assisting with email and press release writing and more.
DEVELOPMENT / FUNDRAISING INTERNSHIP
Fundraising is a major component of our operations as a non-profit organization. We rely on the support of our members and community businesses to fund our work. The intern will work closely with the Development Director to create and implement a wide array of fundraising initiatives and assist with the administration of fundraising operations. The intern will have the opportunity to work on projects involving corporate sponsors, monthly sustainers, annual appeals, major event sponsorships, advertising sales, on-line fundraising and more.
EVENT PLANNING INTERNSHIP
EqualityMaine has a robust calendar of events planned throughout the state over the course of the year. We use events (both small and large scale) to engage our members with the organization and raise money to support our work. The ntern will have the opportunity to be engaged in all aspects of the planning of the organization’s events. Events include house parties, community meet and greet receptions, Great Pumpkin Ball, a holiday cocktail reception, pride events and our annual Gala and Silent Auction. The intern will work directly with the Development Director and various planning committees on programming, budgeting, sponsorships, logistics, marketing and sales and volunteer management.
EqualityMaine is an equal opportunity employer; women, people of color, and transgender individuals are encouraged to apply.