Internship Opportunities

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We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2017 internships.

Please check back for a deadline to apply for Fall 2017 internships.











We value our interns and pride ourselves on providing educational and meaningful internship experiences. To that end, we ensure that our interns are actively engaged in every aspect of the work we do, including:

  • Assisting the Discrimination Division in reviewing and investigating complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation;
  • Assisting the Discrimination Division in reviewing and investigating possible violations of San Francisco’s Sanctuary City Ordinance;
  • Assisting the Policy Division in organizing and/or participating in public hearings, forums and panels involving public officials, community-based organizations, and members of the community;
  • Researching and preparing legal memos and briefs on a variety of topics; and
  • Assisting in staffing HRC's LGBT and Equity Advisory Committees, subcommittees and coalitions.

Although HRC internships are unpaid, they are generally eligible for school accreditation and third-party fellowship stipends.

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered for an internship with HRC, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to You may also include a writing sample and list of relevant courses.

Please be sure your cover letter contains the following items:

  • An explanation of why you want to intern with the HRC and how your background is relevant to HRC’s work. A list of HRC’s projects can be found under the “Policy” tab of this website. However, you may also suggest additional human rights projects that you would like to explore during your internship with the HRC.
  • A description of your time commitment. We generally prefer interns to agree to at least two full days a week for a period of 3 months but are willing to accommodate students’ class schedules on a case-by-case basis.

HRC is dedicated to non discrimination principles and equal opportunity employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability or medical condition, Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS/HIV) or AIDS related conditions, political affiliation, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital or domestic partner status, gender identity, parental status, veteran status, height, weight, or any other basis protected by law.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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