Dig deep and discover more about yourself through one of our internship programs. 



Job Readiness
Get on-the-job training abut communication, basic word processing, resume writing, interviewing, and dressing for success through this internship program. Learn more→

Stars of C.H.A.N.G.E. (Challenging Houses and Networks to Get Educated)
An outreach and prevention paid leadership prorgam geared toward empowering healthy choices on safer sex practices, anti-violence, and risk reduction for youth witiin the Kiki Ballroom scene. Responsibilities include facilitating Kiki Lounge, organizing Harm Reduction events, teaching safe sex workshops, creating social marketing campaigns, and disseminating safe sex materials and messaging  throughout  the  community. Learn more→

Peer Education
A paid, year-long internship. Peer Ed interns are trained to provide on- and off-site workshops about bullying, homophobia, diversity, oppression, human sexuality, gender identity, anatomy, sexual consent, safer sex, STIs, self-esteem, HIV/AIDS, healthy relationships, and trans empowerment. Most of these workshops take place at schools and community based organizations throughout the boroughs. In addition to facilitating workshops, interns participate in community outreach. Learn more→

Expressive Arts
This internship is about finding new ways to express oneself and expand one's sense of self. Various arts are used such as movement, poetry, sound making, and visual arts to connect with ourselves and others, creating a community where we feel comfortable to explore life in new ways. The internship also focuses on exploring ways to problem solve through the use of the arts.
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Photography Program
A paid internship that introduces young people to photography and visual journalism, and to the uses of those media as tools for empowerment and HIV/STI prevention and education. During each class cycle, students document their lives, using photography to reflect on their communities, their peers, and themselves, while learning techniques to creatively express their ideas and emotions through imagery. The assigments will lead up to each member of the group choosing a personal photography project, which they will pursue independently. Learn more→

Women's Group
Women's Group is an inclusive, safe, and empowering space for women identified youth (including lesbian, bisexual, straight, women of trans experience, and cisgendered women). This group meets to discuss issues and challenges young women face as well as plan future events to congregate and network. Past events have included The Women's Forum, Women's Music Festival, Women's Week, and Self-Defense Classes. Learn more→

Youth Advisory Board (YAB)
Make the voices of fellow LGBTQ youth and HMI members heard in this paid internship. You will not only represent your peers and your unique challenges to the HMI Board of Directors, Program Managers, and Staff, but also bring the world of HMI into the community. For more information contact Director of Youth Services, Bridget Hughes.


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But when the youth tell their own stories, they speak volumes:

  • "As I started coming to HMI my self-esteem went up and up because I was treated like a normal human being." - Jose
  • "At HMI nobody told me I couldn't be myself, nobody yelled at me. It was my sanctuary." - Jaszi
  • "My older brothers didn't graduate and it was an inspiration to me to be the first son to do that. Now I've graduated from Harvey Milk and I'm going on to college." - Jaszi
  • "HMI provided a space where I could be safe, comfortable, and not have to worry about whether people knew my 'secret.'" — David
  • "They helped me find a place to live; they helped me find a better way to live." - Arthur
  • "Talking with the staff people was the first time I felt comfortable about my sexuality and myself. I call this moment the opening of my closet, coming out to myself." - Rick

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