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GLTBQ Students and Alumni

Internship and Volunteer Experiences

It is never too early (or too late) to start building your resume with meaningful work experiences. If you would like to work in the GLBTQ community in the areas of policy, social services, advocacy, or education, here are a few of the many agencies you can contact:

Local Organizations:

Queer Youth Services — volunteer opportunities:

  • SMYRC — serves queer youth in Multnomah County

  • PrideProject — serves queer youth in Washington County

National Organizations:

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Queer Job Search Resources has lots of resources related to careers, jobs and queers! To access the Out for Work LGBTQ Career Center Library, visit:

Username: library  Password: outforwork

These are links to articles which discuss the different facets of the job search, addressing the unique needs and concerns of GLBTQ individuals:


Interviewing Strategies:

  • "Interviewing Strategies" — an article written by Career Services at University of Pennsylvania addressing interviewing strategies

Researching Employers:

Being "Out" in the workplace:

General Queer Job Websites:

Transgender-Specific Resources:

Profession-Specific Resources:

On-Campus Resources:

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Queer-Supportive Employers


Portland Area Business Association — A list of Queer or Ally owned businesses in Portland.


It used to be a struggle to find 100 "good" companies for lesbians and gay men to work for. TODAY, there are thousands of employers large and small, for-profit and non-profit that have instituted policies to protect queer-identified employees from discrimination.

From Diversity, Inc.'s 2010 top 10 list of GLBTQ-supportive Employers:

  • Sodexo
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AT&T
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Ernst & Young
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Marriott International
  • IMB Corporation
  • Bank of America
  • Abbott

From the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) 2009 Corporate Equality Index: A List of Portland Metro employers who provide benefits to same-sex partners and list "sexual orientation" as a protected group in their non-discrimination policy. (Bolded employers also include "gender identity" in their non-discrimination policy.)

  • Ball Janik LLP
  • Columbia Sportswear Co.
  • Cisco Systems
  • Nike, Inc.
  • Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
  • Oregonian, The
  • PacifiCorp
  • Portland Cable Access
  • Portland Community College
  • Portland State University
  • Portland Symphony Orchestra
  • Reed College
  • Stoel Rives LLP
  • Tektronix, Inc.
  • Tonkon Torp LLP

For complete list of all employers with scores of 100 as well as all company rankings, see the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality database.

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