Pride Center of Vermont

Mission: 

Pride Center of Vermont celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters. We provide resources and programming for LGBTQ survivors of violence, LGBTQ healthcare services (HIV prevention workshops and free HIV testing twice a week, health provider training and a database of LGBTQ affirmative health providers), and we organize and advocate with and for trans community members, elders, and gay and bi men (including support groups and events). We also have a lending library with over 2000 titles, and a cyber center for computer access to the public. As the state's only LGBTQ community center and advocacy organization for all-ages, PCVT provides critical services and is the community's hub and source for resources and connections. PCVT provides visibility, voice and a physical space for the LGBTQ community, through anti-violence/discrimination advocacy, HIV prevention and testing, community building, social and coming out support, political advocacy, education, outreach and referrals.

Category: 

  • LGBTQ

Internship description: 

The internship would be focused on two main Pride Center initiatives: community development and health-care related issues. Our intern projects are well supervised and follow work plans with benchmarks, goals and outcome evaluations. Community development includes increasing our online presence by helping manage our community calendar and weekly newsletter, and website. It brings together rural and urban initiatives, offering listings for social group listings, classes, healthcare resources, and political events. It takes about 8 hours to complete each week and offers opportunities for our intern to write pieces on LGBTQ issues and communicate and network with other LGBTQ-related organizations across the state.

Another community development component focuses on PCVT's Health and Wellness programs Innovative Testing Program. Our intern would primarily conduct outreach in the community for the purpose of increasing program participation among gay, bi, queer, and/or trans men who experiences the highest rate of HIV infection in Vermont.

The other main group of initiatives is health-care related. Our intern could get involved with the Family Project, through which PCVT hosts regular family related events on topics such as health care options for families, starting a family, parenting and relationships, financial planning, foster parenting, adoption, and infertility.

Another initiative opportunity is the Vermont Diversity Health Project, whose mission it is to improve the health and wellness of LGBTQ Vermonters by building bridges between health care providers and LGBTQ people throughout the state, which helps patients identify friendly, supportive and effective healthcare providers, and offers training and support to enhance providers' skill in working with LGBTQ people. Our intern could work on communicating with providers, recruiting providers for our database, and improving our trans resource guide by helping to determine providers that are trans-affirmative.

Internship skills needed: 

Computer processing skills, Microsoft Office skills, willingness to learn computer languages such as html, strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others.

Location: 

  • Burlington, VT

How to find us: 

The Pride Center of Vermont is located in downtown Burlington situated in the South End Arts District located 2 blocks from the Lake Champlain waterfront. There is plenty of parking and the center is located right on the bus line.

Work hours: 

M-F 10-6pm occasional evening support groups, programs, and events.

Dress code: 

Vermont Business Casual

Office building accessibility: 

Yes, we are ADA compliant

How many people work at the organization: 

5 full-time staff members

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes

Internship dates: 

Flexible

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