Undergraduate Internship

The Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Trans, Queer, and Questioning Student Life (BGLTQ Office) is seeking Harvard College undergraduates passionate about issues related to gender and sexuality to serve as interns during the 2017-2018 school year. As current students at the College, our interns have a strong understanding of what BGLTQ students and student organizations need from the BGLTQ Office and the College.

The BGLTQ Office is hiring interns for Programming, Communications, and Campus Education. Please find detailed descriptions below. This internship is a year-long professional development opportunity, with the option for renewal pending a satisfactory performance review. Interns are paid $11/hour and expected to work 6-10 hours per week.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our current interns for an informal conversation and/or email bgltq@fas.harvard.edu. We look forward to reading your application!

Apply now!
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 2 at 11:59 PM

For reference only, we've provided a .pdf of the online application form to help in preparing answers and materials prior to submission. Only applications submitted via the application link above will be reviewed.


Learning Outcomes

  • Develop critical thinking, supportive listening, communication, project management, and leadership skills
  • Gain a deeper understanding of issues related to gender, sexuality, inclusivity, and social justice as well as higher education administration
  • Learn how to work in a professional environment independently and as part of a team
  • Develop skills to become stronger allies of different communities

As a part of this professional development opportunity, each intern is responsible for the creation, organization and implementation of one event, initiative, and/or resource of their choosing aligned with the mission of the BGLTQ Office. This project will serve as a leadership opportunity where the intern is responsible for submitting a description, budget, and implementation strategy to request funding support from the BGLTQ Office. Upon completion of this project, each intern will submit an assessment outlining how it worked to support BGLTQ life on campus.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must be a student at Harvard College in good academic standing during the 2017-18 academic year
  • Able to start on the week before the fall semester and remain available through reading period spring semester
  • Must have sensitivity to the intersecting experiences of the BGLTQ community
  • A willingness to welcome and engage with others
  • An excitement to learning new skills
  • An openness to questioning normativity
  • High attention to detail and strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Respect for confidentiality

Programming Intern (3-4 positions)


This internship seeks to engage the wider campus community, including student groups, faculty, and partner offices in BGLTQ-related work. Programming interns are responsible for the planning and implementation of events to build community and/or to raise awareness of BGLTQ issues through an intersectional lens. Reports to the Assistant Director of the BGLTQ Office.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Plan and execute the BGLTQ Office’s signature events that seek to bring together different parts of the BGLTQ community
  • Fall: National Coming Out Day Open Mic, Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil, BGLTQ Community Mixer, New Office Space Launch
  • Spring: Queer Prom, Lavender Graduation
  • Serve as the BGLTQ Office Liaison to the Queer Advisory Council
  • Serve as the BGLTQ Office Liaison to student organizations
  • Liaise with student interns from colleague offices (e.g. OSAPR, Women’s Center, Foundation, Office of Diversity and Inclusion) and BGLTQ Proctors and Tutors to collaborate on events
  • Coordinate volunteers for welcome events for admitted students with the Admissions Offices
  • Track co-sponsorship requests and assist in determining BGLTQ Office’s level of participation
  • Manage Qoffee with Quinterns program (casual one-on-one student and intern conversations, by request)
  • Serve as a confidential resource under Title IX for students
  • Attend regular team meetings, staff trainings, and individual check-ins with the Assistant Director
  • Maintain the BGLTQ Office space
  • Welcome guests to the BGLTQ Office and sponsored events
  • Host regular study breaks
  • Additional duties may include:
    • Serve on university committees and/or meet with administrators and colleague offices as a BGLTQ student representative
    • Attend and help facilitate BGLTQ Office events and distribute related publicity
    • Serve as a discussion facilitator at partner office events
  • Available to work two night shifts per month (6-10pm) at the BGLTQ Office
  • Other duties as assigned
Additional Qualifications:
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Background in event planning or interest in strengthening event planning skills a plus

Communications Intern (2 positions)


This internship seeks to expand the campus and web presence of the BGLTQ Office. Communications interns are responsible for publicizing the mission and activities of the BGLTQ Office and developing ways for students to engage with the BGLTQ Office beyond events. Reports to the Assistant Director of the BGLTQ Office.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Maintain the BGLTQ Office’s social media presence (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), external website (including the Out At Harvard page and calendar of events), and listserv
  • Produce regular blog posts
  • Digest all BGLTQ-related events and resources into our weekly newsletter, the Quweekly
  • Create and distribute publicity (e.g. email blurbs, posters) for all BGLTQ Office events
  • Ensure that the BGLTQ Office publicity plan is executed leading up to events
  • Serve as the staff photographer at BGLTQ Office events
  • Document important moments in BGLTQ student life via photos, blog posts, etc.
  • Work with The Crimson and other student publications to cover BGLTQ Office events  
  • Update the BGLTQ Resource Guide
  • Serve as a confidential resource under Title IX for students
  • Attend regular team meetings, staff trainings, and individual check-ins with the Assistant Director
  • Maintain the BGLTQ Office space
  • Welcome guests to the BGLTQ Office and sponsored events
  • Host regular study breaks
  • Additional duties may include:
    • Serve on university committees and/or meet with administrators and colleague offices as a BGLTQ student representative
    • Attend and help facilitate BGLTQ Office events and distribute related publicity
    • Serve as a discussion facilitator at partner office events
  • Available to work two night shifts per month (6-10pm) at the BGLTQ Office
  • Other duties as assigned
Additional Qualifications:
  • Proficient or an interest in learning social media platforms, e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, Canva, Publisher, OpenScholar, and InDesign is a plus but not mandatory
  • Skill with digital photography

Campus Education Intern (2 positions)


This internship is designed to help build a supportive BGLTQ and allied community at the College. Campus Education interns lead Allyship 101 (Thinking Queerly) trainings on gender and sexual identity and principles of BGLTQ allyship. Interns will deepen their learning through teaching and by facilitating strategic conversations with student groups. Reports to the Assistant Director of the BGLTQ Office.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Facilitate Allyship 101 (Thinking Queerly) training for student, staff, and faculty community members
    • Provide outreach to the University to sustain interest in workshop
    • Evaluate workshop outcomes, collect participant feedback, research new content and pedagogies, and revise accordingly
    • Attend Certified Peer Educator Training and Train-the-Trainer offered by PBHA
    • Train 2-4 BGLTQ Office interns to facilitate Allyship 101 (Thinking Queerly)
  • Facilitate discussions around BGLTQ issues and inclusion for BGLTQ Office town halls, forums, and student group meetings
  • Serve as a confidential resource under Title IX for students
  • Attend regular team meetings, staff trainings, and individual check-ins with the Assistant Director
  • Maintain the BGLTQ Office space
  • Welcome guests to the BGLTQ Office and sponsored events
  • Host regular study breaks
  • Additional duties may include:
    • Serve on university committees and/or meet with administrators and colleague offices as a BGLTQ student representative
    • Attend and help facilitate BGLTQ Office events and distribute related publicity
    • Serve as a discussion facilitator at partner office events
  • Available to work two night shifts per month (6-10pm) at the BGLTQ Office
  • Other duties as assigned
Additional Qualifications:
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Comfort and familiarity with sexuality and gender issues (including gender identity and gender expression)
  • Familiarity with queer theory is preferred