Federal Policy & Legislation Intern/Volunteer

Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) seeks a detail-oriented and self-motivated individual to work in collaboration with program staff to research developments in federal policy and legislation related to BCAction’s strategic priorities and to draft issue briefs. This is an excellent opportunity for the right individual to build legislative tracking skills and contribute to BCAction’s work to change the conversation about breast cancer.

Organization: Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) is a national breast cancer education and advocacy organization. We carry the voices of people affected by breast cancer to inspire and compel the changes necessary to end the epidemic. BCAction is committed to taking meaningful action to meet the needs of women living with breast cancer and to stop breast cancer before it starts.

We work to:

  • Address and eliminate the social inequities women of color and low income women face in breast cancer diagnoses, treatments, and mortality rates.
  • Advocate for more effective and less toxic breast cancer treatments for all breast cancers.
  • Decrease involuntary environmental exposures that put people at risk for breast cancer.

An internship/volunteer position with BCAction provides the opportunity to learn more about the politics of breast cancer and to take part in grassroots women’s health and environmental activism. Interns/Volunteers will work at BCAction’s national office in downtown San Francisco. Interns/Volunteers participate in the day-to-day operations of the organization and are supervised by a program staff member who helps design and oversee intern/volunteer projects.

Tasks: The Federal Policy & Legislation Intern/Volunteer, in collaboration with program staff, will:

  • Perform research on current and anticipated developments in policy and legislation at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and in the U.S. Congress related to BCAction’s main priority areas (listed above). Topics may include, but are not limited to, gene patenting, chemical regulation and reform, approval of new treatments for breast cancer, cosmetics and personal care products regulation and reform, and more.
  • Develop and maintain a tracking system for federal policy and legislation changes.
  • Draft issue briefs on relevant policy and legislation.
  • Work with BCAction staff to determine opportunities for members to take action on upcoming policy and legislation changes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • Interest in breast cancer and social justice
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Willingness to engage with Breast Cancer Action partner organizations
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week

Interns/Volunteers Will Have the Opportunity to:

  • Hone their research and legislative tracking skills
  • Work with dedicated, passionate non-profit staff members
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the breast cancer epidemic through a social justice lens
  • Gain professional development

Internship/Volunteer position dates: on-going

Pay: This is an unpaid position. School credit may be available to current students.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for this position, along with your resume to Sahru Keiser, Program Associate of Education and Mobilization at skeiser@bcaction.org.