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LGBTQ Student Resources

LGBTQ students face unique challenges in their career search. Below are links and resources that will be helpful for students to begin job and internship search.

 

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Job Search Research

One of the easiest things to do to begin your job or internship search is research if a company or organization is inclusive and accepting to LGBTQ applicants and employees.

Some places you can search include:

Company diversity policy: Does the company/organization policy specifically include LGBTQ employees?
Equal Employment Opportunity statements: Is sexual orientation or gender identity included?
Business Research Groups/Employee Research Groups: Does the company have any groups listed?

Other resources to check:

Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equity Index Report: The national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.
LGBTQ Map Equity Maps: State by state data on several LGBTQ issues including marriage recognition, health and safety and more.

Interview Attire

LGBTQ students can struggle with choosing interview attire that fits their personality and gender identity while also fitting into conservative professional corporate culture.

While it is important to wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident, it is also important to match the atmosphere and culture of the organization you are interviewing with. Speaking to someone in the organization’s human resources department may be necessary to help prevent any misunderstandings.

This article from The Balance has several gender-neutral interview attire tips and recommendations.

LGBTQ Job Boards

There are several online job listing sites that post positions with companies who want to intentionally recruit LGBTQ students.

LGBT CareerLink from Out & Equal
TJob Bank: Employment resources for LGBTQ community
Out Professional Network: Explore job opportunities at companies recruiting talented LGBT professionals
Pink Jobs: LGBT friendly job vacancies
Funders for LGBTQ issues job board
Q The Network Job Postings
Campus Pride job listings

Many metropolitan areas also host LGBTQ themed career fairs throughout the year.

There are also several professional associations in a variety of industries for LGBTQ individuals and allies to join. The Human Rights Campaign has a list of several national groups.

LGBTQ Scholarships and Financial Aid

Several unique scholarship and financial aid options exist for LGBTQ students. Here are a few links to places to seek them out.

Gofinancialaid.com: List of organizations who provide scholarships and financial aid for LGBTQ students
College Scholarships.org: Search engine for scholarships listing both national and regional programs
LGBTQ Student Scholarship Database: State by state list of LGBTQ scholarships from Human Rights Campaign
Scholarships for Gay or Lesbian Students: Listing of LGBTQ scholarships from Scholarships.com
Pride Foundation Scholarship Funds: Large list of LGBTQ scholarships broken down into several categories
GoGrad.org LGBTQ Scholarships: List of LGBTQ-friendly universities and scholarships for LGBTQ students
College Scholarships for LGTBQ Students: designed to help students look for financial aid and scholarship opportunities

This is a small sample of the options you have, there are many others out there. For more information on scholarship and financial aid options contact the Northwest Financial Assistance office.

Transgender Student Resources

Transgender students often have many questions and hurdles in their job and internship search.

National Center for Transgender Equality: Comprehensive website with several resources on employment, healthcare, ID documents and more
Center for Gender Sanity: Several links and resources including video interviews with people who have transitioned on the job and other helpful items for employment search
Transgender in the Workplace A Career & Resource Guide for Employees & Employers: Tips for job hunting and interviewing, legal support and assistance and more
Coming Out in the Workplace as Transgender: Article from HRC including links to resources and tips for disclosing in job interviews
Transgender Visibility Guide: HRC resource covering several topics for transgender individuals
Trans Employment Program: Collaborative program designed to help create inclusive workplaces and jobs for trans and gender non-conforming people