Employer: EqualityMaine
Internship Number: 453
Internship Title: Advocacy Intern
Location: Portland, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available Each Term – Spring, Summer or Fall
Compensation: Unpaid
 Description of the Internship:
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.

For more information about EqualityMaine, visit their website at:  http://equalitymaine.org/

General Responsibilities:
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 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.

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.  Interns are strongly encouraged to arrange for academic credit and are encouraged to create a portfolio project over the course of their internship.

Qualifications:

EqualityMaine is 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.
Application Process:
 Application is made through EqualityMaine and UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
(1)  Send a cover letter and resume to Christopher O’Connor, Development Director at coconnor@equalitymaine.org.

For more information:  email coconnor@equalitymaine.org or call 761-3732 x19.

(2)  Notify your faculty member and forward a copy of your application materials to the Partnership at:  pca@maine.edu
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