Victory Institute

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Everything you need to know about Victory Institute

The Victory Institute was created in 1993 by LGBTQ activists and philanthropists who saw a need to train LGBTQ candidates to run for government across the country. With less than 50 openly LGBTQ elected officials at any level of government in the United States, our founders recognised that increasing our numbers in public service would be critical to promoting equality. 


They realised the need to teach more LGBTQ persons to run for government and to assist them once they were elected when they founded Victory Institute. The Foundation has begun educating future candidates and campaign workers in order to assist LGBTQ leaders in pursuing careers in government. The Foundation also initiates a Presidential Appointments Project, with Roberta Achtenberg becoming the first out LGBTQ presidential appointee to a Senate-confirmed position when she is appointed Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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Undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, ethnicities and political affiliations are welcome to apply for the Victory Congressional Internship. Women, people of colour, trans people, persons with disabilities, and people from low-income families are all urged to apply. 


  • To be eligible, you must be LGBTQ+.
  • U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or work permit holder (Foreign students with F-1 visas are not eligible)
  • Before arriving in Washington, D.C., you must be 18 years old.
  • By the start of the programme, students who are currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree programme will have completed at least one year. Participants in the summer programme must have at least one full semester left after the programme ends (i.e., students who graduate before or during the summer programme are not eligible); spring and fall programme participants must not graduate before the programme ends.
  • Applicants from a variety of fields are welcome to apply.
  • Active involvement in public and/or community service projects


Note: “allies” of the LGBTQ community do not qualify.


The Victory Congressional Internship at the Victory Institute is preparing the next generation of LGBTQ public leaders. The Victory Congressional Internship brings outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, DC each semester for an intense leadership programme, which includes:


  • An eight- or ten-week Congressional internship with a member of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus or an LGBTQ-friendly member of Congress to learn about the federal legislative process firsthand
  • An educational and leadership development programme that allows participants to learn about careers in policymaking and interact with subject-matter experts from many industries in the District of Columbia.


Students will spend three days learning, networking, and discussing with hundreds of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, politics, activism, business, and community organisations at the Victory Institute's biennial International LGBTQ Leaders Conference. The Victory Congressional Internship helps young LGBTQ people become informed decision-makers and influential leaders who can create a good impact on the areas in which they live, and around the world.


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I attended Victory Institute for the past 2 years and loved it. They have a friendly nature and everyone is very open to other students. The campus is beautiful and they offer on-campus housing and off-campus housing. The faculty are also very helpful upon requesting help.



I would recommend Victory Institute to anyone and everyone who is looking for a new school. They have a friendly and inclusive campus, on-campus housing, an affordable cost of living, helpful faculty, supportive staff. Even though they are not a part of the traditional college application process, they still have an abundance of good placements.



I wanted to mention the very few negatives that I have seen, which is the campus which seems a bit small and old, but other than that everything else is amazing.




















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Everything you need to know about Victory Institute
Where is the Victory Institute located?

Victory Institute is located in Washington D.C., USA

Does the Victory Institute go by any other name?

Victory Institute is also popularly known as Gay & Lesbian Victory Foundation.

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