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Volunteers & Interns


Volunteers at the QRC range in commitment levels, from one-time commitments to ongoing help. The QRC relies on volunteer help for various programs, including:

Events — publicity, tabling

Queeries — the QRC's Speakers Bureau

Trans Advocacy — community building, healthcare reform

Queer Students of Color Conference — planning, outreach


The Queer Resource Center Internship Program allows students to receive academic credit and gain real-world skills by working with QRC programs or with community partner organizations.

QRC Interns can customize their focus based on desired professional experience. All interns receive weekly supervision, midterm and final evaluations. In order to receive academic credit, students must work 3 hours per week per credit hour and fulfill other requirements set by Academic Advising. Internships last for one academic term (10 weeks) unless otherwise negotiated. For questions about internships or to schedule an appointment to discuss interest, contact Kirsten (

Internships with QRC Programs:


Interns with the DeskCORE program help with administrative work, staff the front desk, and serve as the front line welcome party for all QRC visitors.


Interns with Queeries can earn 1-2 practicum or internship credits working with the QRC's Speakers Bureau. Tasks may include updating the existing Queeries curriculum, recruiting and training panelists, and facilitating/moderating panel discussions.

Oregon Queer Youth Summit

The Oregon Queer Youth Summit is a conference held by and for queer & trans* identified youth and their allies.  It will include educational and recreational workshops on topics ranging from “Drag 101” to “GSA Management: Starting, Supporting & Sustaining.” These workshops will all be facilitated by youth. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the summit at no cost and conference attendees are invited to the Queer Prom happening after the summit.

OQYS is a chance for us LGBTQ youth and allies from all over Oregon to talk about what we are doing, what we want to do, and how we can get there. This is about making our schools safer and our communities more accepting. This is about youth supporting youth to make things better for everyone. OQYS is by youth, and for youth. Click here for more information about the OQYS Internship. 

Internships with Community Partner Organizations:

Wild Planet Radio:

Portland's NEW LGBTQIA Radio Station, by and for the community, seeks interns who are interested in learning the process of creating radio. Learned skills may include podcasting, radio show hosting, news gathering and reporting, and many more. Wild Planet Radio is based at Portland's Q Center, in North Portland.

Portland Gay Men's Chorus:

PGMC seeks an intern interested in the workings of an LGBT non-profit arts organization. The intern will learn about the various aspects of how a non-profit operates and will be acquainted with the ways in which the arts, particularly the art of choral singing, can honor and uplift the LGBT community. Work may include helping with administrative tasks such as database entry, patron management in the organization office, working with the production team during production week of regular shows, attending and helping behind the scenes at weekly rehearsals, and working with PGMC's Youth Outreach Coordinator to help build the youth outreach program.

Past Community Partners:

Outside In

Basic Rights Oregon

Students who are seeking one-time volunteer experiences for a class or for community service should email the QRC volunteer coordinator directly at