Last summer, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern with the Human Rights Campaign at their national headquarters in Washington, DC. HRC is the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights group, that consistently leads the way in the fight for full LGBTQ equality both in the U.S. and abroad. As the Major Gifts intern, I was put in charge of managing the donor acknowledgment process. It gave me an up-close look at how a large non-profit organization interacts with its dedicated and wealthy supporters.
Throughout the course of my internship, I learned how to draft donor communications, conduct prospect research, and help manage and update an extensive member database. My most memorable experience came when I had the opportunity to help staff HRC's largest fundraising event of the year, the National Dinner, which featured esteemed speakers such as Senator Tim Kaine and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. As a senior American History major, I was inspired to learn about HRC's legacy in advancing civil rights as well as contribute to the organization's broader efforts during the 2016 election cycle. The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship made my internship possible by helping me pay for transportation to and from DC as well as housing and food expenses that came along throughout the summer, allowing me to take full advantage of an invaluable and unforgettable opportunity.
I strongly recommend that my peers consult the many resources available through the University Career Center by scheduling an advising appointment, browsing job listings on Careers4Terps, or attending an internship or job fair offered throughout the year, Maryland students can easily take advantage of the University Career Center's excellent resources to find relevant and interesting work experience with high-quality organizations like the Human Rights Campaign.