Started in 2017, the SZP Internship Program was designed to create an opportunity for up-and-coming LGBTQ+ equality advocates and educators to get insight into the field, and hands-on training, and invaluable experience to apply to their future endeavors.
The SZP Interns help with everyday operations, website and content improvements, outreach efforts, content development and upkeep, as well as complete a project of their own design, which is contributed to the Safe Zone Project, or the hues global justice collective.
All interns receive guidance and mentorship from Meg & Sam, t-shirts, books, and other swag from the SZP and other hues initiatives, and access to a massive platform to meaningfully influence change and contribute to global justice.
Is the internship paid?
No. Generally speaking, this is an unpaid, volunteer internship. We’re happy to work with interns to receive college credit, and if an intern facilitates or co-facilitates a training for which the SZP is gifted money, the intern is paid the same as any other facilitator.
How are interns selected?
Thoughtfully! All applications are reviewed by Meg & Sam personally. Beyond meeting the minimum requirements, the following criteria are considered: in what unique ways will this person complement our team, how well does their intern project mesh with our abilities to provide guidance and a platform, and what special skills or gifts do they have that will improve the SZP?
When are applications due?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and are generally due two weeks before the intended internship term begins (e.g., Fall Term applications are due August 15th, two weeks before September 1). We’ll announce deadlines for each term on our blog, particularly if the deadline falls outside of this rule.
We have three internships terms throughout the year, and one intern per term:
- Fall: September – November, with applications due mid-August
- Spring: January – March, with applications due mid-December
- Summer: May – July, with applications due mid-April
Internship Requirements & Benefits
Thinking about applying to be a SZP Intern? Not sure if you’re eligible, or what the role has to offer? Let’s start with what we need, then move into what we’re happy to provide.
Requirements for consideration:
- Internship is remote and does not require any travel or in-person attendance
- Consistent access to high speed internet
- Comfort with Slack for team communication (or ability to learn)
- Beginner’s knowledge of WordPress (or ability to learn)
- Comfort with Google Drive (or ability to learn)
- Minimum of 4 hours a week commitment for the duration of the internship (3 month period):
- At least 3 hours on SZP tasks
- And at least 1 hour on internship project
This internship is unpaid. We acknowledge this as a limitation. The SZP is run on a voluntary basis and this internship is as well. There are additional benefits/perks such as…
- Swag (t-shirts, stickers, posters)
- Books (specifically those published by Impetus Books)
- Publication on the szp blog
- A unique, substantial, completed project for a portfolio/resume that will be published as part of the SZPt
- Access to a massive platform to meaningfully influence change and contribute to global justice
- Mentorship and guidance from SZP Co-Creators, Meg and Sam