A Department of Student Affairs

LGBTQ Students

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or other student preparing for entry into the workforce, you may find yourself faced with additional career planning challenges related to your sexual orientation. For the most part, university life has been a supportive environment, with an active student group and university-backed non-discrimination policies.The workplace can be quite different, in terms of the openness of and support for LGBT employees.

The following collection of resources is designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by LGBT people in the workplace. There are no hard and fast rules, so you should feel free to address questions on coming out at work and during the job search to a Career Development Specialist at the Career Development Center. 

General Job Search Resources

Employment Opportunities With National Organizations

Legal Issues

National Associations

Education Careers

Entertainment Careers

Government Careers

Journalism Careers

Law Careers

Medicinal Careers

Science Careers

Transgender-Specific Resources


Job Search Resources

Out for Work:

 Career Services is an "Out for Work Gold Certified School". Their career resource library serves as a one stop location for everything LGBT career related: job searching, resumes, interviews, coming out at work, etc. The library houses books, magazines, links, video clips all at your fingertips.

Username: library

Password: cccp2012


Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Searchable database and annual report based on an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Also provides resources on gender identify and expression issues.

Best Places to Work List, Human Rights Campaign Foundation

List of businesses across the United States who were rated 100% on the Corporate Equality Index.

National Consortium of Directors of GLBT Resources in Higher Education

Includes job listings for college and university positions nationwide.


Thousands of job listings, most in the non-profit sector. This website allows you to search by interest and includes "GLBT" as an area of focus.

LGBT Careerlink

This website provides a job search database, as well as a resource library with tools for those students on the job hunt; sponsored by “Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.”

Out Professionals

This website is a job bank and news resource for LGBT job seekers.


Employment Opportunities with National Organizations


The ACLU National Office in New York City offers the Crawford Fellowship focusing on lesbian and gay rights and AIDS Projects.


GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.



Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression


The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund provides strategic, technical and financial support to openly GLBT candidates and officials.


The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force (now called Immigration Equality) is a coalition of immigrants, attorneys and other activists who address the widespread impact of discriminatory immigration laws on the lives of those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender community and immigrants who are living with HIV/AIDS.


Lambda Legal is a non-profit, national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgender, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.


Service members Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of intolerance.

Employment | National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Employment and internship opportunities with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)



Legal Issues

Lambda Legal

National GLBT civil rights organization; web site includes information about workplace discrimination cases.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

Issue Maps on topics such as discrimination laws, hate crimes and adoption.

American Civil Liberties Union

This site includes updates of recent legal issues and provides resources and information on rights and job discrimination policies.

National Associations

National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Out Professionals

Pride at Work

Education Careers

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Professionals

A professional organization for LGBT professionals in higher education. A job board can be found on the website

Entertainment Careers

Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up

Government Careers

Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies

GLIFAA is a non-profit that works to secure full parity for gay and lesbian personnel and their families in U.S. foreign affairs agencies serving in the United States and overseas.

Journalism Careers

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

An organization of journalists, online media professionals, and students who work from within the journalism industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

The Publishing Triangle

The purpose of the Publishing Triangle is to further the publication of books and other materials written by lesbian and gay authors or with lesbian and gay themes.

Law Careers

Minority Corporate Counsel Association

(MCCA) was founded to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. There are resources listed on their website specifically targeting gay and lesbian lawyers.

National LGBT Bar Association

An affiliate of the American Bar Association, the LGBT Bar Association provides a job board, as well as a writing competition and other information for LGBT law students.

Medicinal Careers

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association

GLMA works to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals and health care professionals.

Lesbian & Gay Veterinary Medical Association

The Lesbian & Gay Veterinary Medical Association is a professional organization whose mission is to provide support for individuals, education to the community, and a forum for information exchange and social interaction.

Science Careers

National Association of Gay Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals

A national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their advocates employed or interested in scientific or high tech fields.

Transgender-Specific Resources

Transgender at Work

Provides resources for innovative employers who want to set their company employment policies to help their transgender employees to be at their most productive. Includes links to resources for transgender workers.

Human Rights Campaign Transgender Information

National Center for Transgender Equality

Career Development Center