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:
Basic Rights Oregon — volunteer opportunities
Love Makes a Family — volunteer and internship opportunities
ACLU Oregon — volunteer opportunities
Queer Youth Services — volunteer opportunities:
SMYRC — serves queer youth in Multnomah County
PrideProject — serves queer youth in Washington County
Human Rights Campaign — internship opportunities
National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce (NGLTF) — internship opportunities
Lambda Legal Defense Fund — volunteer opportunities
These are links to articles which discuss the different facets of the job search, addressing the unique needs and concerns of GLBTQ individuals:
"How Much To Include?" — an article written by Career Services at University of Pennsylvania addressing including GLBTQ related activities in a resume.
"Sexual Orientation and Career Decision Making--Resumes and Interviews" — an article published by Lawrence University discussing effective resume writing and interviewing for GLBTQ students.
- "Interviewing Strategies" (Section 4) — an article written by Career Services at University of Pennsylvania addressing interviewing strategies.
- "Out on a Job Interview?" — John J. Kinyon's article was originally published in Gay Chicago Magazine.
"Sexual Orientation and Career Decision Making--Researching Employers" — Lawrence University Career Center's step-by-step guidelines for researching employers.
Being "Out" in the workplace:
"Working Out: Career Issues of Gays and Lesbians" — Ball State University's 2010 Out at Work Conference Resources
Out and Equal Workplace Advocates — provides information on LGBTQ workplace issues.
General Queer Job Websites:
Section on employment and transitioning from soc.support.transgendered — Frequently Asked Questions
- U.S. Gay & Lesbian Business Organizations
- The Body
- Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA)
- National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education
- National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA)
- National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)
- Out in Television and Film
- Publishing Triangle — association of lesbians and gay men in publishing
- Out Professionals — The nation's LGBT Networking Organization
- Portland Area Business Association
- Association of Transgender Professionals
- Additional Associations Through the Human Rights Campaign
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 2014 top 10 list of GLBTQ-supportive Employers:
2. Wells Fargo
3. MassMutual Financial Group
4. Time Warner
5. Eli Lilly and Company
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
- 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.