We have made great strides when it comes to being a more inclusive society, and respecting all people for who they are. However, change rarely happens overnight and many in the LGBTQ community may feel hesitation and skepticism about entering the working world. The above video will guide you through the entire process, from job searching and interviewing to dress codes and starting your first day.
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. 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.
There may be challenges for LGBTQ internship and/or job seekers in terms of the openness of and support for hiring practices. 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 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:
Wellbeing and Health
Human Right’s Campaign Worknet - 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.
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.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
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
Atlanta Executive Network – LGBT networking organization.
Ford GLOBE - Ford Motor Company’s LGBT employee group’s resource page.
Out and Equal - Non-profit organization that discusses LGBT workplace issues.
Out for Undergraduate Business Conference - Conference held annually in New York City.
Out Professionals - Leading gay and lesbian professional networking site.
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) – Business advocate for LGBT owned and friendly businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporations.
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.
Pride at Work - AFL-CIO group that seeks to integrate LGBT concerns into the larger Labor Movement.
LGBT+ Scholarship Resources
College Scholarships.org - List of LGBT Scholarships.
GoFinancialAid.com - A list of financial aid information for the LGBT community.
HRC.org - List of Scholarships for LGBT Students.
FinAid.org - List of Financial Aid Links for LGBT Students.
In addition, students can access their Careers 24/7 account at www.csi.cuny.edu/careers247 and click on the Fellowship and Scholarship Database to research other special opportunities.