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.


Development Intern

Social Justice Fundraising is the Foundation of Our Work

Our grassroots fundraising model is essential to our work. 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.

In 2016, we were featured in CompassPoint’s fundraising report, along with around a dozen other social justice organizations, for our grassroots fundraising model.

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 Development Intern will provide database, research, administrative, and general support to our fundraising activities. In return, Breast Cancer Action will provide opportunities to learn about grassroots fundraising, the politics of breast cancer, intersectional health activism, and day-to-day operations of a national nonprofit.

The Development 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. The internship will start at a mutually agreed upon date and may continue further depending on mutual interest and satisfactory performance.

The Development Intern will report to the Development Manager and will work closely with the development and executive teams to support our fundraising. Tasks may include:

  • Conducting research on existing donors and prospects
  • Drafting fundraising materials
  • Assisting with fundraising activities
  • Supporting event planning
  • Assisting in maintaining our donor database
  • Other fundraising tasks as needed


  • Interest in fundraising for a social justice nonprofit
  • General computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiarity with Salesforce 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 using the subject line “Development 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.