LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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
ACLU Oregon — volunteer opportunities
Q-Center— volunteer opportunities
Queer Youth Services — volunteer opportunities:
SMYRC — serves queer youth in Multnomah County
Human Rights Campaign — internship opportunities
National LGBTQ TaskForce — 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 LGBTQ individuals:
LGBT Career Planning & Job Search Guide: Section 3: How Much To Include? —: an article written by Career Services at University of Pennsylvania addressing including LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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:
"Out at Work" — 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:
- Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality
- Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA)
- Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals
- The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (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 Proffessionals — The nation's LGBTQ Networking Organization
- Portland Area Business Association
- Association of Transgender Professionals
- Additional Associations Through the Human Rights Campaign
- Love Makes a Family
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 where LGBTQ people could work. 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 Human Rights Campaign, the 2017 list of Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality:
From the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) 2017 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.
- Adidas North America Inc
- Cambia Health Solutions Inc.
- Portland General Electric Co.
- Standard Insurance Company
- Oregon Health and Sciences University
- Precision Castparts Corp
- Nike Inc.
- 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's Corporate Equality Index.