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Background

Immigration Equality is proud to be the national leader in the field we pioneered: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-positive immigrant rights. We helped end the HIV travel ban, led the successful fight to secure green cards for LGBTQ families, and represent LGBTQ asylum seekers and detainees every day.

Founded in 1994, Immigration Equality has a dual focus of direct representation and policy work. We take calls every day from clients who need help right now and we work to change the systems that have lasting impact on how LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants get treated. We work with LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers and detainees, answering more than 4,000 hotline calls and representing more than 600 individual cases each year.

In 2017 and beyond we are expanding our asylum work. In nearly 80 countries, it is a crime to be LGBTQ. Being out or being outed is truly life-threatening. That’s why we work to train, represent and hold accountable the government officials who make life or death decisions for LGBTQ people seeking safety in the U.S. We are honored to do life-saving work, and with much success to be proud of, we have more energy than ever to fight the policies that hurt scores of our families.

Immigration Equality is seeking an intern to assist the Development Department in our lower Manhattan office. The intern will commit to 15-20 hours per week for at least three months (start and end dates are negotiable). Because Immigration Equality’s office is structured as an open, team-oriented space, development interns will also gain insight into many different facets of non-profit work, all while helping Immigration Equality raise more funds to advance its mission. This opportunity is non-paid.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Conducting prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors
  • A hands-on experience with the planning of organizational special events
  • Maintaining client and donor database (Salesforce), including updating records of our supporters
  • Communicating with individual donors, including drafting donor acknowledgements and making “Thank You” phone calls
  • Administrative tasks to support fundraising efforts

Specifically, development interns will gain:

  • An overview of non-profit fundraising, donor communications, and event planning
  • Proficiency in Salesforce, our client and donor database, and experience in a small, but fast-paced non-profit organization
  • An introduction to the field of LGBTQ and HIV asylum law

A qualified candidate must:

  • Show a commitment to winning social justice for LGBTQ, HIV-positive, and immigrant families
  • Possess strong communication, organization, and computer skills
  • Show a willingness to perform administrative tasks with enthusiasm and high attention to detail
  • Be able to understand the importance of client confidentiality
  • Possess an interest in a career in the nonprofit sector – particularly in event planning, development and fundraising
  • Bilingual desired but not mandatory

Please send a resume, cover letter, and available work hours to Bryan Deschamps at bdeschamps@immigrationequality.org with the subject line “Internship”. No phone calls, please.

Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and start/end dates are negotiable.

For more information about Immigration Equality, visit imeq.wpengine.com.