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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Grassroots Community Organizer 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 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 individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer their diagnosis because:

  • More than a quarter million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year;
  • Over the last 30 years, the gap in mortality from breast cancer between racial groups has widened 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, 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 Grassroots Community Organizer Intern will provide research, administration, and general support in the development of campaigns, educational collateral, and fundraising. 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, virtual 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.

The Grassroots Community Organizer Intern will work closely with our program and communication team and other staff to support campaigns, grassroots partnerships, and member engagement. Tasks may include:

  • Support in expanding and engaging Breast Cancer Action’s national grassroots membership
  • Cultivate and expand the brand reach of Breast Cancer Action through online engagements including content production and distribution
  • Identify key online breast cancer activist support groups and/or forums
  • Research and stay informed about breast cancer issues central to Breast Cancer Action’s work and identify key players
  • Assist in building and maintaining partnership with organizations, coalitions, and networks
  • Monitor information released through a variety of media and other news sources to identify significant potential partners
  • Understand and navigate the intricacies of the Breast Cancer Industry, key stakeholders, and other breast cancer organizations
  • Support managing reports of new Breast Cancer Action action takers and updating reports weekly in Phone2Action, excel, and Salesforce
  • Support and participate in campaigns, including Think Before You Pink® and new Breast Cancer Action initiatives in the fall
  • Attend a weekly staff meeting 
  • Attend informational webinars and events hosted by partner organizations and report key takeaways to staff
  • Conduct other duties as assigned

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 “Grassroots Community Organizer 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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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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Think Before You Pink® 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 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 individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer their diagnosis because:

  • More than a quarter million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year;
  • Over the last 30 years, the gap in mortality from breast cancer between racial groups has widened,
  • 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’ attitudes and behaviors 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.

Think Before You Pink®

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.

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, the politics of breast cancer, intersectional health activism, and day-to-day operations of a national nonprofit.

The TB4UP 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 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 TB4UP Intern reports to the Program Manager and will work closely with the communications team and other staff to identify and develop material for TB4UP. Tasks may include:

  • Performing research that supports the goals and strategies of Breast Cancer Action’s Think Before You Pink® campaign
  • Assisting in developing draft campaign plans and calendar strategy for the 2021 Think Before You Pink® campaign
  • Assisting in the development and execution of the campaign
  • Conducting outreach to potential campaign partners
  • Conducting other duties as assigned

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 “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 breast cancer are strongly encouraged to apply