Position: Garner Morrison Movement Building Internship
Office Location: Southern Regional Office located in Decatur, GA
Work Type: This position will require 12-24 hours of work in the during office hours. Per Lambda Legal's Work From Home (WFH) Policy, Work From Office (WFO) and WFH options are available with supervisor approval.
Reports To: SRO Regional Program Coordinator
Stipend: $6,000 per 10-week program
Hours: Monday – Friday; 12-24 hours per week
Who We Are
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships; challenge discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV in the workplace, in the home, in schools, in health care, and in the military; and protect LGBTQ+ families, including by winning and defending marriage equality. Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, DC.
We believe that serving the full breadth of the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities requires cultural competency and enthusiasm for diversity of all kinds. To be successful, we must approach our work with an understanding that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is not the only obstacle to achieving full formal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ people and everyone living with HIV; rather, we recognize the intersectional nature of discrimination, specifically including biases based on race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, education, and class. In light of this reality, we prioritize awareness and proactive commitment to counteracting these biases and their compounding effects.
About Joan Garner and Jane Morrison
Joan Garner and Jane Morrison have storied histories with Lambda Legal. Both served on Lambda Legal’s National Board of Directors and Jane led the Southern Regional Office as its inaugural Regional Director. Prior to her passing in 2017, Joan served as a Fulton County Commissioner. Jane is currently a Fulton Country State Court Judge. Because of their leadership with Lambda Legal, legacies in Atlanta, and commitment to justice, the Southern Regional Office created the Joan Garner and Jane Morrison Movement Building Internship.
Joan Garner and Jane Morrison Movement Building Interns work with Lambda Legal staff and volunteers to explore various aspects of LGBTQ rights work in the south, specifically in areas of race and gender. The intern will be responsible for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to event planning and execution; correspondence with donors, volunteers and others; community outreach; conducting online research on a variety of topics; and various administrative tasks, including data entry. The intern's specific responsibilities will vary for the term depending on the office's needs. An intern is also welcome to focus on areas they are particularly interested in, subject to the office's needs.
Major projects will include:
Interns will assist staff in combating all forms of LGBTQ+ and HIV discrimination. Thus, a background in, or familiarity with, related issues, legal or otherwise, will strengthen the application.
Candidates for the internship should possess the following qualities and experiences:
- A strong commitment to social justice, equality, and civil rights issues, particularly those involving the LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected communities.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks and projects
Exceptional communication skills
Demonstrated ability to think analytically and solve problems in a solutions-oriented way
Ability to collaborate effectively with a team
A commitment and desire to learn
Experience working independently with the ability to self-motivate
Willingness to be adaptable to change and a variety of tasks
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Lambda Legal believes in creating a more equitable playing field for applicants and values the depth of relevant skills built through successful education, work, and life experiences. If your background and skills are a close match for this position, you are strongly encouraged to apply.
Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBTQ+, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Lambda Legal encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or immigration status, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals and individuals living with HIV are all encouraged to apply.