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Immigration Equality and the Immigration Equality Action Fund seek a dynamic, passionate leader to join our senior management team. We are proud to be the national leaders in the field we pioneered: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV immigration rights. We helped end the HIV travel ban, led the successful fight to secure green cards for LGBTQ families, and have directly represented more than 1,000 LGBTQ asylum seekers.

Founded in 1994, Immigration Equality has a dual focus of direct representation and impact 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 are treated. We work with LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers, detained individuals, and binational couples, answering more than 3,500 hotline calls and representing more than 600 individual litigants each year. We also engage in impact litigation to protect the interests of our community. Finally, through our Action Fund, we lobby local, state, and federal policymakers to pass progressive legislation consistent with our mission goals.

Today, we rededicate ourselves to empowering and protecting one of the most vibrant, resilient, and diverse communities in the world. In nearly 80 countries, it is still a crime to be LGBTQ. In many more, it is fundamentally unsafe. At the same time, we are fighting with vicious resolve against an administration that seeks to roll back protections it took decades to obtain. We are proud to do life-saving work.

Development Intern

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
  • Supporting creation of Immigration Equality’s annual appeals and publications
  • Assisting in the coordination and logistics of cultivation events, panels, and trainings
  • Administrative tasks to support fundraising efforts
  • Working with select Board members, donors, corporations, and foundations, to implement their fundraising strategies
  • Tracking and evaluating all development efforts
  • Assisting staff with grant applications and writing

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
  • Experience in managing partnerships with various businesses and firms


  • Show a commitment to winning social justice for LGBTQ, HIV-positive, and immigrant families
  • Possess a high level of organizational skills and be detail oriented
  • Be responsible, flexible, hard-working, ethical, and committed to the mission of Immigration Equality
  • Possess strong communication, organization, and computer skills
  • Be able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • 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


Immigration Equality is an equal opportunity employer: immigrants, transgender people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Immigration Equality is a progressive organization with an open office plan. Applicants are expected to collaborate within a diverse and inclusive environment.

Immigration Equality is a mission-driven organization full of smart, dedicated people. If you want to work at the cutting edge of the two most potent issues of our time, and do it with terrific colleagues in a fast-paced, nimble organization that seeks results, this is the place for you.

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and available work hours to Bryan Deschamps at jobs@immigrationequality.org with the subject line “Development 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 www.immigrationequality.org.