Victory Congressional Internship

The Victory Institute's Victory Congressional Internship and Victory Congressional Fellowship are developing the next generation of out public leaders. Each semester, the Victory Congressional Internship brings outstanding LGBT college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including:

  • A semester-long Congressional internship with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus or a LGBT-friendly member of U.S. Congress to learn firsthand about the federal legislative process
  • An educational and leadership development program to learn about the legislative process and careers in the policy-making process
  • A community service project

In November, students will attend the Victory Institute's annual international conference for three days of training, skills building, networking and discussion alongside hundreds of openly LGBT leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations.

The Victory Congressional Internship will prepare young LGBT people to become informed decision-makers and influential leaders who can change their communities and our world. 

2015 Application Dates

Applications for the Victory Congressional Internship are accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered for the semesters below, please submit your application materials by the following dates:

Fall: Deadline Monday, May 4, 2015 

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2015 Program Dates

  • Summer: May 27 - July 25, (8 weeks)
  • Fall: August 26 - November 21, (12 weeks)

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recognizes Victory Congressional Interns at Capitol Pride celebration, June 2012Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recognizes Victory Congressional Interns at Capitol Pride celebration, June 2012.


  • Housing accommodations in downtown DC,
  • Stipend to cover other living expenses in DC ($1,000 in Summer, $1,500 in Spring/Fall), 
  • Airfare or other transportation to and from Washington, DC, at the beginning and end of the program,
  • Academic credit for the summer internship (depending on each participant's college or university), and
  • Airfare, hotel and conference fees for the the Victory Institute's International LGBT Leadership Conference in November.

    >> More Information and Frequently Asked Questions 


    The Victory Congressional Internship is open to undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations. All applicants must meet the following criteria to satisfy the Victory Institute and congressional requirements:

    • U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or permit to work in the U.S. (Foreign students with F-1 visas are not eligible)
    • 18 years of age before the day of arrival in Washington, D.C.
    • Currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program, will have completed at least one year by the beginning of the program; summer program participants must have at least one full semester remaining after the program has completed (i.e., students graduating prior to or during the course of the summer program are not eligible); spring and fall program participants must not graduate prior to the end of the program
    • Applicants need not be pursuing majors in social sciences
    • Active participation in public and/or community service activities


    The Victory Congressional Internship is made possible with the generous support of:

    Bank of America   



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