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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:

Local Organizations:

Queer Youth Services — volunteer opportunities:

  • SMYRC — serves queer youth in Multnomah County

National Organizations:

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Queer Job Search Resources

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


Interviewing Strategies:

  • "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.

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:

Transgender-Specific Resources:

Networking/Professional Associations:

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 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.

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