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We are excited to announce an internship opportunity to aid the Commission in launching a ground-breaking new resource for LGBTQ youth in the Commonwealth. Please see the full description below and share among your networks. Any questions or applications can be directed to



LGBTQ Youth Community Outreach Intern

Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

Address: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Fourth Floor, Boston, MA 02108


 Organization’s Mission:

The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth is established by law as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to recommend and advocate to all branches of state government effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth to thrive. The Commission’s key priorities include:

  • Advocating for resources targeted at LGBTQ youth
  • Recommending and implementing a policy roadmap in partnership with state agencies
  • Convening researchers, community-based organizations, government entities, and community members throughout the Commonwealth
  • Developing initiatives, including the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students

The Commission is comprised of 50 volunteer members who are drawn from a wide array of organizations, backgrounds, and experiences. These volunteer members are responsible for much of the Commission’s work, including developing policy proposals, engaging community members, and guiding program development.

Internship Description:

The intern will contribute to the Commission’s project to map the services and resources available to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people, adult allies, and state agency staff across the Commonwealth. The intern will primarily be responsible for the validation of existing data and the expansion of resource lists, and may also have opportunities to contribute to database design and build relationships with state partners and community-based organizations. Intern will work closely with staff at the Commission and its partners, will be in contact with service providers throughout the state, and will gain a deeper understanding of the landscape of research and policy work for LGBTQ youth in Massachusetts.


  • Validate existing data lists and evaluating LGBTQ competency of relevant service providers.
  • Expand and classify service provider lists through conversations with key contacts via phone calls, emails, in-person meetings, and etc.
  • Support Commission members and staff in project development of resource map.
  • Communicate with the Commission’s committees (i.e. Safe Schools, Community Relations, and Government Relations Committees) for feedback on the project.
  • Provide insight into the user experience and design of the Commission’s LGBTQ resource mobile app currently in development
  • Report progress to Commission’s Director and Vice Chair
  • Complete other responsibilities and duties as requested

Minimum skills required:

  • Experience in research methodology and/or data collection
  • Experience working with LGBTQ and POC youth issues
  • Ability to work independently and manage deadlines
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow through
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel

Estimated start/end date: Fall 2017: Start in September-December; Exact start and end date flexible

Estimated days/hours: Flexible days, preferred minimum of 112 hours total

Application deadline: October 5th

Is a car necessary? No

Stipend: $500 and/or part-time supervised internship for course credit

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and contact info for three references to Commission Director Corey Prachniak-Rincón at

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