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 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.

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
 
Position Description
 

We’re looking for a tech-savvy, social media lover 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 position and we encourage students to pursue funding opportunities through their schools. This is an on-site position at 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. Tasks may include:

  • Assist staff with the planning and evaluation of communication activities
  • Assist with media monitoring efforts
  • Help maintain and build Breast Cancer Action’s media contact list in Meltwater
  • Assist with website management
  • Help boost traffic to Breast Cancer Action’s website and blog
  • Help generate regular posts for Breast Cancer Action’s social media platforms
  • Help produce the quarterly newsletter, The Source
  • Pull and interpret analytics on social media performance
  • Copyedit and proofread materials as requested
  • Help find and prepare images and graphics for social media and other collateral
  • 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.

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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, 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. 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:

  • Performing research that supports the goals and strategies of Breast Cancer Action’s Think Before You Pink® campaign
  • Assisting with the development of draft campaign plans and calendar strategy for the 2020 Think Before You Pink® campaign
  • Assisting in the development and execution of the campaign
  • Conducting outreach to potential campaign partners
  • Performing 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 skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with 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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Grassroots Community Organizer Intern

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

  • Assisting with the cultivation of organizational member partnerships and member relationships that build the strength and viability of campaigns and fundraising efforts
  • Assisting with building and maintaining coalition of key partners
  • Monitoring information released through a variety of media and other news sources to identify significant potential partners
  • Understanding and navigating the intricacies of the Breast Cancer Industry, key stakeholders, and other breast cancer organizations
  • Facilitating and documenting on-going communications with potential partners
  • Performing 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 with 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 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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Breast Cancer Research & Treatment Specialist Volunteer

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 Breast Cancer Research & Treatment Specialist Volunteer will provide research, administrative, and general support to our resources liaison and programs. 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 on-site position in our San Francisco office during normal business hours. We ask that candidates commit to a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of two months. The volunteer will start at a mutually agreed upon date and may continue further depending on mutual interest and satisfactory performance.

 The Breast Cancer Research & Treatment Specialist Volunteer will work closely with our resource liaison, program officer, and other staff to identify and analyze latest breast cancer research and treatment. Tasks may include:

  • Reviewing latest scientific breast cancer research and treatment for different types of breast cancer and compiling an annotated literature review of the treatment options for each, providing a description and evaluation of each source
  • Researching the different types of breast cancer and compiling, analyzing, and translating research that supports the goals and strategies of Breast Cancer Action
  • Assisting the Breast Cancer Action team in providing information and resources to patients, families, and caretakers
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Experience working in medicine, epidemiology, or the field of medical research preferred
  • Knowledge of research methods and ability to assess and summarize findings
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Interest in the science and treatment of breast cancer
  • General computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with 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 “Breast Cancer Research & Treatment Specialist Volunteer” 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.