Sequoia Leadership Institute Youth Internships

Sequoia Leadership Institute Youth Internships

Sequoia Leadership Institute (SLI) internships are paid opportunities for LQBTQQ+ youth and allies to build community, learn about social justice, and develop leadership and job readiness skills.

Interns get to know their peers, engage in interactive discussions, work on creative projects, and take part in community building activities. They co-create a final project, such as a zine or online art gallery, expanding upon the skills that they learned throughout the internship.

We are looking for youth who are:

  • Connected to the LGBTQQ+ community
  • Connected to the undocumented/immigrant community  (for the UndocuWorkforce internship)
  • Invested in learning about social justice and LGBTQ+ hxstory
  • Motivated to acquire job readiness skills
  • Excited to work in a team


  • Able to access the internet
  • Able to attend internship every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon

We are no longer accepting applications for our Summer Internships but we are already recruiting for the Fall!

Please fill out this form to receive information in mid-summer about our Fall 2020 application process.

If you know of someone who would be a good fit for one our internships, please submit an SLI Nomination Form over email to to get them connected to LYRIC; subject: SLI Internship Nomination.

UndocuWorkforce (14-24 years old)

July 6 – August 14, 2020

Meets on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

UndocuWorkforce is the Bay Area’s first paid leadership program for undocumented LGBTQQ+ (and ally) youth ages 14-24.

UndocuWorkforce builds community through learning about topics such as gender and sexuality, diversity, and the intersectionalities of immigration, race/ethnicity, and power dynamics.

Interns hone their skills around job readiness, leadership, and emotional self-care and empowerment. They learn about current issues facing undocumented and immigrant communities and explore ways to navigate these challenges, all the while connecting with other youth who are passionate about these issues.

This internship is for youth who are motivated to learn about the connection between immigration and LGBTQ history. It is a fun and easy way to get paid and become a socially conscious individual ready to make a change in the world.

For more information about UndocuWorkforce, please contact Freddie at or 415.910.8153 ext. 113 for more details.

Summer in the City (14-18 years old)

July 6 – August 14, 2020

Meets on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

The Summer in the City internship focuses on community, social justice, and LGBTQQ+ youth leadership. Interns build professional and personal skills along the way, while getting to know other socially conscious youth.

In this internship, interns willl give voice, visibility, and representation to the stories of queer and trans communities that are often invisible in dominant histories. Through interactive activities, they will build tools of liberation and survival, while grounding themselves in the present moment.

This internship is an exciting way to get to know other youth, get paid, and learn about LGBTQQ+ issues while developing leadership and professional skills.

For more information about Summer in the City, please contact Adrienne at or (415)-316-9508 for more details.


The unique strengths, creativity and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and allies are the foundation of the Sequoia Leadership Institute

Real work experience, community building and skills for life come together to support LGBTQQ and ally youth to step up as leaders and designers of lasting social change.


Get paid to build the kind of community you want to be a part of. Internships with Sequoia Leadership Institute are all about supporting youth to make a difference in your community.

Interns are hired throughout the year and each position includes a variety of opportunities including small projects at LYRIC, community event planning, and political advocacy.


The Sequoia Leadership Institute is much more than a work experience. Every paid internship includes education, support and creative opportunities that help build skills for life.

Interns learn with and from one another about life topics including individual and community health, identity, social justice, advocacy, leadership, community building, college prep, and career planning.

Please keep in mind that if you are hired as a paid youth intern, you will need to gather some documents before you start working. LYRIC staff can help you with this process. Some of these documents may include:

  • Government/School issued ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • Report Card/Transcript
For questions and inquires about LYRIC’s Sequoia Leadership Institute Internships:
Call Nina (she/her;they/them) at 415.703.6150×115
Email; subject: SLI Internships

If you know of someone who would be a good fit for one our internships, please submit an SLI Nomination Form over email to to get them connected to LYRIC; subject: SLI Internship Nomination.