Safe & Healthy Schools Intern Job Description

The Safe and Healthy Schools Project:

Equality Florida Institute's Safe and Healthy Schools Program aims to create a culture of inclusion while countering the bullying, harassment, social isolation, and bigotry that dramatically increase risk factors for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) students. Through this program, we seek to shift the culture so that each of Florida’s 67 school districts will adopt comprehensive, nationally recognized best practices for meeting the needs of LGBTQ students and in doing so build a model that can be replicated nationwide.

Goals of the “Safe and Healthy Schools Project”:

Develop and manage the “Safe Schools Equality Index”—a much needed tool that delineates the current best practices and policies on meeting the needs of LGBTQ students and assesses every Florida school district’s progress towards these standards.
Target one to four school districts that, with intensive support, can become models of excellence. Selection will be based on present capacity, LGBTQ policies and willingness to invest.
Provide statewide support to any district facing crisis or moving proactively to support LGBTQ students. Help calls are skyrocketing. Offer professional development trainings, help develop model policies, share resources and best practices, negotiate crisis.


Supporting the Safe Schools Program:

  • The intern will work closely with both the safe schools director and coordinator. This pertains to assisting the staff with undertaking the broad scope of work as it relates to providing support, guidance, and research towards the 67 Florida school districts.
  • The Equality Florida Safe and Healthy Schools Intern will be responsible for (but not limited to): locating, writing and constructing data, resources, documents, bibliographies, websites, links etc., that pertain to the above goals and as it relates to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ students, families and staff in schools.
  • Representing Equality Florida at various LGBTQ events and assisting with tabling and coordination for conferences, panels, or forums.
  • Conducting phone calls with key persons across the state will take place from time to time, as well as periodically listening to webinars pertaining to LGBTQ safety.
  • Supplementing or building PowerPoint professional development presentations with appropriate additional slide material and/or resources. Be able to analyze data effectively.
  • Maintain consistent communication with the safe and healthy schools coordinator.
  • Be able to actively handle a variety of tasks that come up.
  • Provide direct youth support and development.

Safe and Healthy Schools Intern Mindsets and Skills:

  • Own the “job” at hand, envisioning aspects of the task that may not have discussed, but would be needed so as to ensure an exemplary outcome to the job/task at hand.
  • Have a deep and clear commitment and passion for school district’s attention to the well-being and safety of LGBTQ students, staff and families.
  • Value organization and time management.
  • Work both independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Be available for consultation and or discussion within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Conduct yourself with exceptional standards of professionalism, particularly when working with youth

Location: Statewide- preference to the Orlando area

12-15 hours a week per semester

$15.00 per hour

Ez Rodríguez, Pinellas Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator,
[email protected]
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs