The Center for Career and Professional Development is committed to assisting our LGBTQ population in gaining knowledge of professional development and employment opportunities and in developing the necessary skills to secure gainful employment in one’s chosen career field upon graduation.  Our goal is to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBTQ) students preparing for a job or internship search and to support students in thinking through the additional career planning challenges related to sexual orientation or gender identity. For the most part, college life at CSI has been a supportive environment, with an LGBTQ Resource Center, welcoming staff across campus, active student groups, and university-backed non-discrimination and benefits policies. The workplace can be quite different. There may be challenges for LGBTQ internship and/or job seekers in terms of the openness of and support for hiring practices. Additionally, industries and geographic regions may vary widely in their policies and support of LGBTQ hiring.  In an effort to meet these challenges with well thought out and well planned strategies, Center staff recommend you research your options carefully to meet your individual needs and goals. The following collection of resources is designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by LGBTQ people in an employment or internship search and the culture of the workplace. There are no right or wrong answers or rules, only what is right for you. The Center for Career and Professional Development staff encourages students to feel free to address questions or concerns as an LGBTQ applicant during an internship and/or employment search process and remain committed to advise, support and advocate for students in any way.
The following are LGBTQ resources that may be of help:
Human Right’s Campaign Worknet - Source of information on workplace and corporate attitudes and policies surrounding sexual orientation.  Includes links to information about employee groups, organizations and companies offering domestic partnership benefits, and legal and discrimination policies. Also a bibliography of career related issues.

The Human Rights Campaign is also the publisher of the Corporate Equality Index. This index "provides a simple way to evaluate whether America's biggest employers are treating their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and consumers equitably." The index is based on a 10-point system that rates corporate policies and actions toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.   
ProGayJobs.Com - First e-Recruitment site dedicated to gays and lesbians to get jobs in gay-friendly companies. The website provides job postings from companies that promote diversity and provide safe and open environments for Gay and Lesbian workers.

OUT for Work - A nonprofit dedicated to educating, preparing, and empowering LGBT college students and their allies for the workplace. Includes a Career Library of information, and conferences for students and alumni. The Center for Career and Professional Development is an LGBTQ Certified Career Center with access to the Career Library. To access the OUT for Work LGBTQ Career Resource Library: 
1) Go to http://outforwork.org/resources/career_center/library.asp 
2) Select "Go to Library" 
3) Username: outforwork 
4) Password: cccp2013 

LGBT Career Link - Find jobs, learn about employment at diversity-friendly companies and research careers by networking with your LGBT and allied colleagues.
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) – Business advocate for LGBT owned and friendly businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporations.  
Lamda Legal - National LGBT civil rights organization; web site includes information about workplace discrimination cases.
Center for Gender Sanity – Advice and assistance for all aspects of gender transition in the workplace.
Transgender Law and Policy Institute - non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society.
National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education - Includes job listings for college and university positions.

Conferences and Networking Organizations

Out Professionals - Leading gay and lesbian professional networking site.
Federal Globe - LGBT organization that represents the interests of federal employees; this site provides legislative resources, press releases and fact sheets. Reaching Out MBA Conference.
Out and Equal - Non-profit organization that discusses LGBT workplace issues.
Pride at Work - AFL-CIO group that seeks to integrate LGBT concerns into the larger Labor Movement.
Ford GLOBE - Ford Motor Company’s LGBT employee group’s resource page.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) - We advocate equal employment opportunity, professional networking, role modeling, science education, and scientific freedom/responsibility. We practice science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with PRIDE.
Atlanta Executive Network – LGBT networking organization.
Out for Undergraduate Business Conference - Conference held annually in New York City.

LGBT Publications

See the Career Library database for more. To access the OUT for Work LGBTQ Career Resource Library: 
1) Go to http://outforwork.org/resources/career_center/library.asp 
2) Select "Go to Library" 
3) Username: outforwork 
4) Password: cccp2013 

LGBT Scholarship Resources

GoFinancialAid.com - A list of financial aid information for the LGBT community.
College Scholarships.org - List of LGBT Scholarships.
FinAid.org - List of Financial Aid Links for LGBT Students.
HRC.org - List of Scholarships for LGBT Students.
In addition, students can register for and/or visit their Careers 24/7 account at https://csi-cuny-csm.symplicity.com/ and click on the Fellowship and Scholarship Database to research other special opportunities.