WASHINGTON – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute named Morgan McLaughlin to the summer class of Victory Congressional Interns. This competitive program places LGBTQ college students in a semester long internship with an LGBTQ or LGBTQ friendly member of Congress in their Washington, D.C. office. McLaughlin was one of eight individuals selected, from a pool of over 100 applicants. During the internship McLaughlin will be working in Florida Rep. Lois Frankel’s office as part of the 2015 class of Victory Congressional Interns.
“Victory congratulates this year’s class of exceptional young LGBTQ leaders,” said Aisha Moodie-Mills, president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Institute. “The Victory Congressional Internship is a crucial part of the Victory Institute’s mission – to build and support a network of LGBTQ leaders. I look forward to the role that these eight young people will play in expanding LGBTQ representation.”
McLaughlin is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is studying Political Science and Public Policy. On campus, she advocates for herself and other LGBTQ-identified students. She serves as the LGBTQ Project Leader for student government’s Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Outreach committee, a program assistant at the LGBTQ Center, and will take on a new role as the Social Chair for Sexuality and Gender Alliance, the foremost LGBTQ organization on campus. McLaughlin is interested in education and immigration reform, health policy, racial justice, and civil rights.
Each semester, the Victory Congressional Internship develops the next generation of out public leaders by bringing outstanding LGBTQ college students to the nation’s capital to participate in an intensive program which includes firsthand experience working for a member of U.S. Congress, educational and leadership skills trainings, and a mentorship program. In November, the students will attend the Victory Institute’s annual international conference in Las Vegas.