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Jobs, Fellowships & Internships

Thank you for your interest in working or interning at NCTE.

Internships and Fellowships:

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, regrettably, we are not able to accommodate any fellows or interns through 2021. As we get closer to 2022, we will reassess the situation in light of the recommendations from the CDC, the District of Columbia Health Department, and other public health officials. We will update our website with internship information for 2022 as soon as we can.

Post-graduate legal internships, fellowships and other internships are often set up months or even over a year in advance. If you are interested in becoming a post-graduate fellow, graduate intern or undergraduate intern, you will be able to apply here through our applicant portal once these positions become available. You will be able to include your resume, cover letter and other information about why you want to intern with us. NCTE has hosted numerous post-graduate fellows who have brought their own funding from their law school or other granting organization.

Working and Applying to Work for NCTE

Diversity and Racial Justice

The National Center for Transgender Equality affirmatively values diversity and seeks to hire and retain staff that reflects the diversity of our communities.

NCTE continues to be on a journey to be a racial justice organization. We strive to create an environment where all employees know they are valued. We acknowledge that racism is devastating to our community and we must constantly work to end it. In particular, we work to prioritize ending anti-Black racism as it greatly impacts our community. At NCTE, we work to address racism whether it is coming from the inside or from outside and whether it is manifesting on personal or systemic levels. We continuously challenge ourselves to understand and address inequities and are committed to the learning process, both personal and professional. To help us on the journey, NCTE continues to work with experts in racial justice and diversity, equity and inclusion. This work has been uncomfortable and even at times painful, but we have found that the hardest challenges lead to the most growth. As a social justice organization, we will only succeed in creating a just and equitable society for all trans people if we focus our work on the needs of the most marginalized trans people, especially trans people of color.

For more details on NCTE's racial and social justice journey, see Racial Justice and Social Justice at NCTE.

Who should apply to work at NCTE?

  • We are committed to creating a diverse staff made of people who are kind, optimistic, hard-working and committed to social justice.
  • You don’t need to have experience as a “trans activist.” While being an “activist” of any kind is great and relevant, so is working or volunteering to serve the trans community, or other communities, in many other ways, whether that is through a service group, a community group, or in another kind of way. People coming from the for-profit world are also welcome. Just be sure to tell us how your life experience translates to what we need in the position we are hiring for.
  • For most jobs, there is an applicant pool of people from across the country, and NCTE pays for finalists to come to DC for in-person interviews. NCTE can also assist with relocation expenses for candidates who are offered the position. Please don’t let the cost of moving to DC stop you from applying. Note: During the COVID-19 crisis, the health of our community is important. We anticipate hiring with only phone and video chat interviews during this time. And, for positions that are based in DC, we understand that final candidates will not move to DC until it is safe to do so.

What should I expect during the hiring process?

  • After reviewing applications, those who advance will be invited to do a short, 30-minute video interview over Zoom. A phone interview may be conducted if the applicant is unable to access Zoom. Those who go to the next round can expect another video conference.
  • NCTE has improved its hiring systems and now strives for the hiring process to be complete within 8 weeks of the initial posting of an open position. Because people apply from all over the country, sometimes 8 weeks is not achievable given the need for travel. Note: During the time of COVID-19, there may be unforeseen delays; though we will keep applicants informed if there are delays.
  • NCTE provides reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspects of the employee selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please contact us via our confidential medical email at so your request can be handled appropriately and confidentially.

Salary Philosophy

NCTE has always striven to set salaries and wages to ensure that all permanent and temporary staff receive a living wage, regardless of the position. For several years, the starting salary for all full-time positions has been a minimum of $50,000. Positions are paid competitively with DC-area social justice non-profit salaries. We have chosen to set salaries/salary ranges based on these factors: competitive/market rates for the position, the years of relevant experience a person has, and an analysis of salaries conducted by outside experts. All staff receive a COLA (cost of living adjustment) raise annually, absent unusual circumstances, with the potential for merit-based raises for exceptional performance. The organization reviews salaries annually. We therefore limit individual salary and raise negotiations because social scientists have shown that these are not equitable processes, with those with more privilege being generally more assertive about asking for higher salaries and for raises.


  1. Health Care: As trans people and allies, we know how important quality health care is for our physical and mental health. NCTE has and continues to advocate at the state and federal level to improve access to health care, especially transition-related health care. For almost ten years, NCTE has provided staff with a platinum-level health care plan with a zero deductible, which is 100% employer covered. Our plan covers transition-related care. Vision and dental insurance are also 100% covered. Spouses/partners and dependents can be added to health, vision and dental plans at their cost.
  2. Retirement: NCTE currently contributes 1% of each employee’s salary to a 403(b) retirement account regardless of whether the employee contributes, and also offers a match for up to an additional 2%.
  3. Pre-tax Metro benefits: Employees can deduct the cost of the Metro from their paychecks before taxes are deducted, which creates some savings on commuting expenses.
  4. Paid time off: Employees are provided 10 days of sick time, 9 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays, 3 days of personal leave, bereavement leave, volunteer leave, and annual vacation, which is initially 2 weeks and increases over time, or can start at a higher amount based on years of experience.
  5. Some positions are eligible for comp time related to weekend travel, speaking engagements, or certain projects. However, we strive to ensure that staff are regularly only working 40 hours per week, as we want all staff to enjoy their life outside of work too.

EEO Policy 

The National Center for Transgender Equality is an equal opportunity employer. NCTE is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on age, citizenship, color, creed, physical or mental disability, economic status, education, ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, genetic information, health status including HIV status, height, housing status, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status or other unlawful factors. This policy applies to all employment practices including, but not limited to recruiting, hiring, benefits, promotions, training, disciplinary action, and termination.

NCTE is committed to creating a diverse staff made of people who are hardworking, kind, optimistic and committed to social justice from all segments of transgender and allied communities.

Transgender people, including non-binary people, people of color, people who were formerly incarcerated, and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

NCTE provides reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspect of the employee selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please contact us via our confidential medical email at so your request can be handled appropriately and confidentially.

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