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. Our internships are an 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.

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Newly Diagnosed Toolkit Intern
 
The Newly Diagnosed Toolkit Intern will support the writing, production, and distribution of “Navigating a Breast Cancer Diagnosis: A Toolkit for Patients and Caregivers.” The Toolkit includes three stand-alone documents to help anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer learn about their treatment options and partner effectively with their providers to choose the treatment that is best for them.
 
Breast Cancer Action is accepting applications from current students, as well as recent graduates, who are eager to bring their talents to support our work. Priority will be given to those with a health education, public health or women’s health background. The Newly Diagnosed Toolkit Intern will work closely with the executive director and select stakeholders to support the development of the toolkit. In return, Breast Cancer Action will provide opportunities to learn about nonprofit operations, community engagement, the politics of breast cancer, and grassroots health activism.
 
The Newly Diagnosed Toolkit Intern is an unpaid position and we encourage students to pursue funding opportunities through their schools. This is an on-site position in our San Francisco office during normal business hours. We ask that candidates commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of three months, starting in September. The internship will start at a mutually agreed upon date and may continue further depending on mutual interest and satisfactory performance.
 
The Newly Diagnosed Toolkit Intern reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with other staff to support the development and planned dissemination of the toolkit. Tasks may include:
  • Project planning and management
  • Editing and writing about complex topics for a lay audience
  • Soliciting and incorporating feedback from stakeholders
  • Updating and expanding our resource list
  • Basic formatting and design
  • Developing a detailed dissemination plan, with a focus on community partners and other leaders within the breast cancer community
  • Other tasks and projects as needed
 
Qualifications
 
  • Interest in health education and literacy
  • Strong project management skills
  • General computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Social media skills desirable
  • Clear written and verbal communication abilities
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • 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 “Strategic Planning Intern.” Please include and 2 short writing samples that provides evidence of your ability to clearly communicate complex information in an accessible way and links to blogs, social media handles, websites, or any other online presence that highlights your experience. No phone calls please. People of color, gender and sexual minorities, and people with a personal experience with cancer are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
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Think Before You Pink® Intern
 
Our annual Think Before You Pink® (TB4UP) campaign calls for accountability and transparency in mainstream pink ribbon marketing and culture. Learn about our past TB4UP campaigns here: https://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/past-campaigns/.
 
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 TB4UP Intern will provide research, administrative, and general support to our programs. In return, Breast Cancer Action will provide opportunities to learn about breast cancer treatment, corporate campaigns, and the politics of breast cancer, intersectional health activism, and day-to-day operations of a national nonprofit.
 
The TB4UP Intern is an unpaid position and we encourage students to pursue funding opportunities through their schools. This is an on-site position in our San Francisco office during normal business hours. We ask that candidates commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of two months, starting in September. The internship will start at a mutually agreed upon date and may continue further depending on mutual interest and satisfactory performance.
 
The TB4UP Intern reports to the Program Officer and will work closely with the communications team and other staff to identify and develop material for TB4UP. Tasks may include:
  • Developing draft campaign plans and strategy for TB4UP 2019
  • Assisting in the development and execution of the campaign
  • Building new relationships and maintaining partnerships with organizations to endorse the campaign
  • Conducting additional background research on the campaign target
  • Conducting other research and writing as needed

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 & 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 “Think Before You Pink® 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.

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Strategic Planning Intern

Position Description
 
The Strategic Planning Intern will support Breast Cancer Action’s staff and Board as we prepare for and engage in our strategic planning process, to be introduced in 2020.
 
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 Strategic Planning Intern will provide research, administrative, and general support to our strategic planning process. In return, Breast Cancer Action will provide opportunities to learn about nonprofit administration and management, nonprofit finance, the politics of breast cancer, and grassroots health activism.
 
The Strategic Planning Intern is an unpaid position and we encourage students to pursue funding opportunities through their schools. This is an on-site position in our San Francisco office during normal business hours. We ask that candidates commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of three months, starting in September. The internship will start at a mutually agreed upon date and may continue further depending on mutual interest and satisfactory performance.
 
The Strategic Planning Intern reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with other staff to support strategic planning. Tasks may include:
  • Supporting the assessment of the current strategic plan
  • Helping to analyze our member survey
  • Contributing to and analyzing a landscape analysis of the sector
  • Other tasks and projects as needed
 
Qualifications
 
  • Interest in campaigning and digital organizing
  • General computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Social media skills desirable
  • Graphic design or video skills desirable
  • Clear written and verbal communication abilities
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • 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 “Strategic Planning Intern.” Please include and 2 short writing samples that provides evidence of your ability to clearly communicate complex information in an accessible way and links to blogs, social media handles, websites, or any other online presence that highlights your experience. No phone calls please. People of color, gender and sexual minorities, and people with a personal experience with cancer are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
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Communications Intern
 
Position Description
 
We’re looking for film student (or recent film graduate) to assist in the development of our 30th Anniversary video. Along with experience in filmmaking, we’re looking for someone who is tech-savvy, with a flair for social media to help with general communications duties.
 
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, film development and editing, the politics of breast cancer, and grassroots health activism.
 
The Communications Planning Intern is an unpaid position and we encourage students to pursue funding opportunities through their schools. This is an on-site position in our San Francisco office during normal business hours. We ask that candidates commit to a minimum of 15 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. The intern’s main focus will be to assist with the 30th Anniversary video, working with the Communications Manager and our contract videographer on planning, research, scheduling interviews, editing, and other as needed.
 
Other duties may include:
  • Assist with the launch of a new podcast.
  • Assist with media monitoring efforts
  • Help generate regular posts for Breast Cancer Action’s social media platforms
  • Pull and interpret analytics on social media performance
  • Copy,edit, and proofread materials as requested
  • Other duties as assigned
 
Qualifications:
  • Interest in health justice, social justice, and/or women’s health
  • Some film/video experience and interest
  • 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 graphic design and photo editing software a plus
  • Familiarity with WordPress and Salesforce a plus
 
We are looking for an intern who can start work in early September, 2019. To apply, please send a detailed cover letter, highlighting relevant experience, and your resume to info@bcaction.org using the subject line “Communications Intern.” No phone calls please. People of color, gender and sexual minorities, and people with a personal experience with cancer are strongly encouraged to apply.