Job Description: Public Policy Fellow

The Public Policy Department

Equality Florida’s Public Policy Department advances innovative policy and defends existing protections to ensure that no one in Florida suffers discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and to secure full equality for Florida’s LGBTQ community. We work closely with other Departments on education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying. The Public Policy Department solves challenges at the local, state, and federal levels, with a special emphasis on fighting for the LGBTQ community in the Florida Capitol.

Public Policy Fellowship

The Public Policy Department Fellowship involves working with Department staff to advance and defend LGBTQ policy. This primarily includes supporting our advocacy at the Florida Capitol, including assisting with our Lobby Days at the Capitol event, legislative research and tracking, and managing Equality Florida’s engagement in various coalitions. The Public Policy Fellow may also assist in local policy organizing campaigns on issues such as advancing abortion access or protections against conversion therapy.


  • Coordinate logistics and scheduling for Lobby Days at the Capitol, including training session and lawmaker meetings
  • Communicate with lawmakers and legislative staff regarding Equality Florida priorities
  • Organize grassroots and coalition support for legislative priorities
  • Represent Equality Florida in partner coalitions for aligned legislative priorities such as reproductive justice and gun violence prevention
  • Draft regular legislative tracking updates on priority legislation
  • Draft high-level weekly summaries of legislative developments
  • Capture impact stories from grassroots activists regarding their experiences
  • Support local partners in advancing local policy campaigns
  • Support cross-departmental engagement in Public Policy Department programs

Successful fellows should:

  • Have an interest in civil rights and policy or politics
  • Have strong event planning and organizing skills
  • Be organized and detail-oriented
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • Have occasional weekend and weeknight availability
  • Be comfortable communicating professionally with a diverse audience
  • Be capable of working independently, with minimal supervision
  • Have access to a reliable internet connection and a computer with video capabilities
  • Legislative experience strongly preferred, not required


This position is based in Tallahassee, with the expectation of in-person presence at the Capitol as its COVID-19 precautions allow during certain legislative Committee Weeks and Session. Remote candidates will be considered, but lodging and costs for travel to/from Tallahassee are not included.

Commitment: Up to 12 hours per week, from date of hire through May 5, 2023

Pay: $15/hour, with travel time included as work hours, if applicable

Contact: Rin Alajaji, [email protected], Public Policy Associate

How to Apply: Click here to apply, select Public Policy, and submit a current resume, cover letter, and writing sample.