Development Intern

New York, NY
Entry Level

Spring Application Due Date: January 15th, 2024

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.  

Development Internship: 
Lambda Legal seeks talented and engaged interns through the summer helping assist the Development Department in raising over $30M+ of Lambda Legal’s annual operating budget.

Lambda Legal’s Development Department creates and implements the organization's fundraising efforts. Our intern cohort assists the core teams of the Development Department—Corporate Giving, Database, Events, Foundations, Leadership Programs, Legacy Giving, Major Gifts, and Member Services.

The internship will provide substantial experience in nonprofit development, event planning, research, solicitation strategizing while providing valuable experience working in one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations


  • Internal data reporting/organization
  • Query/export building
  • Depending on experience, help design invitations and event promotions
  • Research prospective donors
  • Provide support for mailings/invitations
  • Assist members with inquiries
  • Maintain database records
  • Other duties as assigned


We are seeking motivated college students, young professionals and activists looking to gain experience working within the nonprofit space. Prior interning experience is not a requirement, but strong time management skills are necessary for success on the team. A candidate should have an interest in Lambda Legal's core mission and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office. Prior experience with CRM platforms is preferred, but not required. 

Each intern will be expected to work 15 hours per week on both independent and collaborative projects. Set days/hours are flexible, however all interns will be asked to maintain a consistent schedule once agreed upon. 


This internship is in-person. Interns will work from our New York City office. The target internship start date is February 5th, 2024.  


Interns will be compensated $16/hr.

Each intern will be expected to work 15 hours per week on both independent and collaborative projects. Set days/hours are flexible, however all interns will be asked to maintain a consistent schedule. 


Read more about Lambda Legal's work on our blog, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.


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