Finding an internship as a member of the LGBTQ+ community can present unique challenges, but there are several strategies you can use to increase your chances of success:
1. Research LGBTQ+ friendly companies: Look for companies that have LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and have been recognized for their commitment to diversity and inclusion. You can check websites such as Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index or DiversityInc’s Top 50 list to find such companies.
2. Network with LGBTQ+ professionals: Connect with LGBTQ+ professionals in your desired industry or field through social media, LGBTQ+ networking events, and professional organizations. These professionals can provide valuable advice and may be able to refer you to internship opportunities.
3. Check LGBTQ+ specific job boards: As shocking as this may be, there are great job boards other than College Recruiter. Oh, and some of those other job boards There are several job boards that specifically cater to the LGBTQ+ community such as OutBüro, LGBT CareerLink, and Out for Work. These job boards list internships and other job opportunities that are LGBTQ+ friendly.
4. Utilize your school’s career center: Many schools have career centers that offer resources for finding internships, including LGBTQ+-friendly opportunities. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your options.
5. Be open about your identity: When applying for internships, consider including information about your LGBTQ+ identity in your cover letter or resume. This can help you find companies that are committed to diversity and inclusion, and may also make it easier for you to connect with LGBTQ+ professionals within those companies.
Remember, finding an internship can be a competitive process, and it may take time and persistence to find the right opportunity. But by utilizing these strategies and staying true to yourself, you can increase your chances of finding an internship that is supportive of your identity.