Internships

Intern at Breast Cancer Action

Thank you for your interest in working at Breast Cancer Action! We currently have the following internship opportunities available (see below). Our internships are virtual, unpaid positions. We encourage students to pursue funding opportunities through their schools. 

About Breast Cancer Action

Breast Cancer Action is not your typical breast cancer organization. Our passionate, talented, tireless team and our engaged grassroots membership are our strength. Since our founding in 1990, we have had an outsized impact because of the power of people coming together. We are eagerly seeking interns to contribute to and learn about our work.

Breast Cancer Action is known as the watchdog for the breast cancer movement. We work for system change that addresses the root causes of the breast cancer epidemic. Radical and compassionate, we never shy away from the hard truths. We tell it like it is and refuse to blame anyone for their breast cancer, because:

  • More than a quarter million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year;
  • Black women are 40% more likely to die from the disease and people of color fare worse after a diagnosis;
  • Involuntary chemical exposures throughout our lives are linked to increased risk of breast cancer and 90% of breast cancers are not linked to family history or genetic mutations;
  • Corporations boost sales with pink ribbon products for awareness, yet fail to take steps to ensure their products don’t increase the risk of breast cancer;
  • Pink ribbon culture shifts the burden to patients’ attitude and behavior by insisting we “stay positive” and “fight like a girl.”

Breast Cancer Action is fiercely independent and refuses corporate funding from any company that profits from or contributes to breast cancer, which means we can do the work that other breast cancer organizations don’t.

We are an ambitious organization and successful team members bring big, bold ideas, as well as a relentless determination to get the actual work done. We value diversity and each member of our team brings their own diverse lived experiences along with the depth of their professional expertise to inform and enrich our work together. Our work together is deeply collaborative and driven by our organizational values.

Breast Cancer Action is committed to equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, citizenship or veteran status as provided by law.

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Communications Intern

Breast Cancer Action is not your typical breast cancer organization. Our passionate, talented, tireless team and our engaged grassroots membership are our strength. Since our founding in 1990, we have had an outsized impact because of the power of people coming together. We are seeking interns to contribute to and learn about our work.

Breast Cancer Action is known as the watchdog for the breast cancer movement. We work for system change that addresses the root causes of the breast cancer epidemic. Radical and compassionate, we never shy away from the hard truths. We tell it like it is and refuse to blame patients for their breast cancer diagnosis because:

  • More than a quarter million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year;
  • Black women are 40% more likely to die from the disease and people of color fare worse after a diagnosis;
  • Involuntary chemical exposures throughout our lives are linked to increased risk of breast cancer and 90% of breast cancers are not linked to family history or genetic mutations;
  • Corporations boost sales with pink ribbon products “to raise awareness” yet fail to take steps to ensure their products don’t increase the risk of breast cancer;
  • Pink ribbon culture shifts the burden to patients’ attitude and behavior by insisting we “stay positive” and “fight like a girl.”

Breast Cancer Action is fiercely independent and refuses corporate funding from any company that profits from or contributes to breast cancer, which means we can do the work that other breast cancer organizations don’t.

We are an ambitious organization and successful team members bring big, bold ideas, as well as a relentless determination to get the actual work done. We value diversity and each member of our team brings their own diverse lived experiences, along with the depth of their professional expertise, to inform and enrich our work together. Our work is deeply collaborative and driven by our organizational values.

Position Description

We’re looking for a data-driven, social media lover or news junkie who enjoys writing and is excited to learn about the day-to-day communications and digital operations of a national non-profit organization.

Breast Cancer Action is accepting applications from current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, who are eager to bring their talents to support our work. In return, Breast Cancer Action will provide opportunities to learn about member outreach and engagement, digital organizing, the politics of breast cancer, and grassroots health activism.

The Communications Planning Intern is an unpaid, virtual position and we encourage students to pursue funding opportunities through their schools. We ask that candidates commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week, up to 20 hours per week, for a minimum of two months. The internship will start at a mutually agreed upon date and may continue further depending on mutual interest and satisfactory performance.

The Communications Intern will report to the Communications Manager and will work closely with the program team. Tasks may include:

  • Assisting staff with the planning and evaluation of communication activities
  • Analyzing online media and print media landscapes to determine which outlets to strategically connect with
  • Assisting with media monitoring efforts
  • Assisting with website management and content updates
  • Helping to boost traffic to Breast Cancer Action’s website, blog, and podcast
  • Helping to generate regular posts for Breast Cancer Action’s social media platforms
  • Pulling and interpreting analytics on social media and email marketing performance
  • Copyediting and proofreading materials as requested
  • Helping to find and prepare images and graphics for social media and other collateral
  • Attending staff meetings and webinars as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Interest in health justice, social justice, and/or women’s health
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work effectively both as a team member and independently
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities effectively
  • Familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube)
  • Familiarity with basic InDesign and photo editing software a plus
  • Familiarity with WordPress and Salesforce a plus

We’re currently seeking summer interns, June – August 2020 (dates flexible). To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter highlighting relevant experience to info@bcaction.org using the subject line “Communications Intern.”  Please include a writing sample (no longer than 4 pages). No phone calls please. People of color, gender and sexual minorities, and people with a personal experience with cancer are strongly encouraged to apply.

Breast Cancer Action is committed to equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, citizenship or veteran status as provided by law.

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Program Intern

Breast Cancer Action is not your typical breast cancer organization. Our passionate, talented, tireless team and our engaged grassroots membership are our strength. Since our founding in 1990, we have had an outsized impact because of the power of people coming together. We are eagerly seeking interns to contribute to and learn about our work.

Breast Cancer Action is known as the watchdog for the breast cancer movement. We work for systemic change that addresses the root causes of the breast cancer epidemic. Radical and compassionate, we never shy away from the hard truths. We tell it like it is and refuse to blame individuals for their breast cancer because:

  • More than a quarter million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year;
  • Black women are 40% more likely to die from the disease and people of color fare worse after a diagnosis;
  • Involuntary chemical exposures throughout our lives are linked to increased risk of breast cancer and 90% of breast cancers are not linked to family history or genetic mutations;
  • Corporations boost sales with pink ribbon products for awareness, yet fail to take steps to ensure their products don’t increase the risk of breast cancer;
  • Pink ribbon culture shifts the burden to patients’ attitude and behavior by insisting we “stay positive” and “fight like a girl.”

Breast Cancer Action is fiercely independent and refuses corporate funding from any company that profits from or contributes to breast cancer, which means we can do the work that other breast cancer organizations don’t.

We are an ambitious organization and successful team members bring big, bold ideas, as well as a relentless determination to get the actual work done. We value diversity and each member of our team brings their own diverse lived experiences along with the depth of their professional expertise to inform and enrich our work together, work that is deeply collaborative and driven by our organizational values.

Position Description

Breast Cancer Action is accepting applications from current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, who are eager to bring their talents to support our work. The Program Intern will provide research and general support to the program team. In return, Breast Cancer Action will provide opportunities to learn about breast cancer treatment, the politics of breast cancer, intersectional health activism, and day-to-day operations of a national nonprofit.

This is an unpaid position and we encourage students to pursue funding opportunities through their schools. We ask that candidates commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of two months. The internship will start at a mutually agreed upon date and may continue further depending on mutual interest and satisfactory performance.

While these deliverables provide an overarching framework of expectations, these and other items may be negotiated with regards to timing, prioritization, specific expectations, and support needed. This should be a reference that is used in combination with regular scheduled check-ins and other ongoing open communications with supervisors as needed. The Program Intern will work closely with our program and communication teams and other staff.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Learning and Onboarding: Organizational Orientation

  • Familiarize self with Breast Cancer Action’s (BCAction’s) mission and vision, and positions on issues
  • Familiarize self with BCAction’s current work, including active campaigns, recent blog posts and social media
  • Read BCAction’s Brand & Voice Guide
  • Familiarize self with current strategic plan and organizational history
  • Familiarize self with breast cancer industry and key stakeholders
  • Learn about the breast cancer field and BCAction’s philosophy and positions by reading suggested readings and asking questions
  • Develop an understanding of BCAction’s work, successes, and unique value added
  • Learn, contribute, question, and enjoy!

Biology of Breast Cancer: Research, Writing, and I&R support

  • Research the environmental exposures that result from extreme weather conditions (wildfires, hurricanes, black outs, etc.) caused by climate change and identify exposures connected to breast cancer, and compile an annotated literature review with a description and evaluation of each source.
  • Research breast density and breast cancer risk and compile an annotated literature review with a description and evaluation of each source.
  • Critically analyze gaps in the literature for dense breast tissue and suggest future areas for research and development
  • Draft fact sheets on topics defined by the literature review.

PROGRAM DELIVERABLES

  • Research and stay informed about breast cancer issues central to Breast Cancer Action’s mission and work, including and not limited to the links between climate change and breast cancer risks, dense breast tissue, disparities and inequities, etc.
  • Review existing factsheets, toolkits, and other educational information on our website for updates and revisions (ex: Don’t Frack With Our Health, Think Before You Pink Toolkit, Screening, Treatment, etc.)
  • Support Information and Resource (I&R) service by researching specific topics on treatment questions
  • Contribute to ealerts, webinars, podcast, and campaign materials

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Interest in the science and treatment of breast cancer
  • General computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Social media skills desirable
  • Previous coursework and/or undergraduate or graduate degree in biology or other natural sciences strongly preferred
  • Clear written and verbal communication abilities
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Commitment to health justice

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a detailed cover letter, highlighting relevant experience, and your resume to info@bcaction.org using the subject line “Program Intern” Please include a writing sample that provides evidence of your ability to clearly communicate complex information in an accessible way (no longer than 4 pages).

No phone calls please. People of color, gender and sexual minorities, and people with a personal experience with cancer are strongly encouraged to apply.