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Frequently asked questions

We think this is the best summer job you could have. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Take it from the people who've been there. Click on the question below to see what our staff have to say.

What steps are you taking to keep staff and the public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority; we will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety protocols to protect our staff and the public.

What's the best part about working for Fund for Equality?

  • "By having a team of like-minded people, it allows for an atmosphere that is strongly committed to activism and positive change."
    —Austin Sharon, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • "The amazing people you get to meet is what I love the most about working for the Fund. I met people of all different backgrounds, I got to see a lot of things from various perspectives. Being around a lot of different personalities made the job exciting and something to look forward to each day."
    —Luis DeVargas, University of New Mexico

  • “My favorite part of the job is the people and the connections I made. From the canvassers I led, to the other field managers in my office and my directors: I made friends that are going to last a lifetime.”
    —Ivana Bejaran, Manhattan College

  • "I got to meet a group of completely diverse people from all sorts of backgrounds who I would never otherwise get to work with. It's an incredibly enlightening experience. I feel like I'm doing a job that allows me to push forward for the future and be on the right side of history. I know that I'm doing a lot for the community, in a way that can only create more positive change."
    —Jack McCoy, Columbia College Chicago

  • “My favorite part about the job was getting so close to all of my co-workers and making long lasting friendships with people.”
    —Emma Chupein, University of Illinois at Chicago

What skills will I learn while working for Fund for Equality?

  • “My summer job with the Fund enhanced my communication and public speaking skills. I also learned basic organizational skills and became a better leader while I was field managing this summer.”
    —Sam Worthington, Tufts University

    "I was a field manager, which gave me a leadership role throughout most of the summer. I learned to manage teams effectively and encourage canvassers to do their best work."
    —Perry Otto, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

    "Working with the Fund, you learn how interact with people from all different types of backgrounds."
    —Mikaela Benton, Elon University

Will this job help build my resume?

  • “I gained so much leadership training in my first summer that I was able to direct my own campaign office the following summer.”
    —Zach Boisvert, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • “This was my first time doing political advocacy work, and it opened a whole new world for me. It lit a fire in me and led me to continue doing political work after the summer. I now have a priceless set of skills in fundraising and political advocacy.”
    —Christopher Cayer, University of Maine

How much money will I make?

  • Staff generally earn a base pay between $10-16.84 per hour, which varies by location. You are paid that base hourly pay for meeting the minimum performance standard, plus may earn an additional $1-7 per hour or more for exceeding the minimum performance standard. Staff never earn less than minimum wage for the hours that they work. So, you could earn between $11 and $20 per hour depending on performance.

    Depending on your position, location and other factors you may be eligible for benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, our commuter benefit program, 401(k) with employer match, paid time off and short-term disability insurance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. Learn more about the positions available here.

What's the training like?

  • “The training program gives you a set of skills on how to be an active communicator and talk to people to get them motivated to take action on important issues. The Fund sets you up for success with daily trainings, periodic check-ins and regular progress updates.”
    —Emma Brower, University of Oregon

    “With the Fund I learned how to better communicate with others on things I am passionate about. The culture of the Fund promotes personal development and pride in skills like fundraising and building support, and I’m proud of the really hard work I did for the greater good.”
    —Matthew Fried, Georgetown University

What's canvassing like?

  • "Canvassing is a conversation with someone about an issue that may be affecting them and giving them an opportunity to be a part of the solution."
    —Mikaela Benton, Elon University

    "Canvassing is the best way to get out there, talk to people and educate them on these problems. We have much more of an impact on politics by encouraging people to contact their representatives and help us urge them to make change."
    —Perry Otto, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

    "Canvassing is an experience unlike any other. It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and will continue to do. I have learned so much from it and I know there is still so much more to learn. It gives you an opportunity to actually make a difference in the world and advocate for issues you care about."
    —Morgan Freeman, Point Park University

What kind of an impact will I make?

  • "Without the work that we do, educating the public and mobilizing those concerned to get involved monetarily, no one else in our organization could do what they do. Every day, canvassers are given the awesome responsibility to offer the concerned an opportunity to have a direct and measurable impact on LGBTQ rights. A democracy only works with an educated constituency. That is what we do. We educate the constituency and mobilize them to hold their representatives accountable. We raise the troops that HRC needs."
    —Jones, Garret Divinity School, Northwestern University

  • "I love the fact that I got to work with people from all over, all working together toward the same goal. I now have a greater understanding of the impact of grassroots organizing."
    —Sullivan Marsters, Puget Sound University

Where are the campaigns located?

  • Fund for Equality runs campaigns in Denver, Washington, D.C., and several other cities across the country. You can find the full list of locations by filling out the application and choosing the city where you are interested in working this summer.

“You can educate so many people in even just one week of canvassing. Planting the idea that we’re still fighting for LGBTQ equality when you’re talking to people can have an impact bigger than you know."

— Elisabeth Trenta, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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