Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy. In 1994 when it was found that Cape Cod has a breast cancer incidence rate 21% higher than the rest of the state, MBCC lobbied the legislature for funding to found Silent Spring Institute (SSI), a scientific research organization that works to identify and break the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health, especially breast cancer. Click here to learn more about the organization.

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are welcoming new members to join us in our work toward breast cancer prevention. Positions currently available are listed below.

Writing & Media Outreach Internship

The unpaid media outreach intern would assist in the creation of feature stories, commentaries, op-eds and other such texts for publication in local media outlets.  The flexibility of the position is substantial.  Interns would begin immediately, continue until early September, and must commit to this internship for between 15-20 hours per week.

Tasks will be completed from school or home, as internet and telephone will be the primary communication tools for assignments.  Travel is minimal except for possible on-site assistance required the day before and the day of the June Against the Tide event in Hopkinton, MA, the August Against the Tide event in Brewster, MA, and/or other events on the schedule.  Some additional occasional travel may be necessary.

Responsibilities may include:

Interviewing and writing feature stories (and longer articles) for the media about Against the Tide event participants and supporters.  This requires phone and/or email contact with those who have been touched by breast cancer.  Phone interviews are critical for obtaining information used in press releases and media coverage.

Actively pitching these articles to various local media outlets including but not limited to, newspaper, radio, and television.  This includes follow-up calls and providing additional information when necessary.  For individuals wishing to pursue a career in Journalism this can be a key skill to develop.

Qualifications:

Student Status: Junior or Senior & Minimum GPA: 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale)

Applicants must have excellent oral and written communication skills.  They must have the ability to consistently create clear and concise pieces of writing that are engaging and completely free of grammatical or spelling errors.  Additional critical skills include the ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks while working under deadlines, and proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel. Organizational skills are necessary to manage a high volume of emails, documents, event information, and contacts.  The position also necessitates an ability to conduct interviews with compassion, sensitivity, and tact.

Compensation:

All internships are unpaid but we are willing to work with institutions to offer students academic credit.

How to apply:

Now accepting applicants for 2014 Spring and Summer internships. Start dates and internship durations are negotiable.  Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and 2 writing samples to Cheryl Osimo at: cherylosimo@comcast.net. Contact 508-246-3047 for any questions.

Special Events & Outreach Internship

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and Silent Spring Institute (SSI) interns will assist with building and promoting special events and projects for each of the organizations. This internship involves frequent communication with Cheryl Osimo, MBCC Executive Director and SSI Event and Outreach Coordinator. Interns will walk away with improved communication and marketing skills, as well as an understanding of how to successfully work with the media and what goes into planning a major annual fundraiser with a leading non-profit organization.

Tasks will primarily be completed from school or home (not the MBCC office). Interns must have phone and internet access and commit to a set weekly schedule of at least 15 hours per week. Travel is minimal except for possible on-site assistance required the day before and the day of major 2014 events: Against the Tide in Hopkinton in June, and Against the Tide in Brewster in August.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Proofing and distributing press releases and calendar listings to news media outlets including print and online newspaper, radio, and television.
  • Maintaining communication with contacts at media outlets regarding press releases and calendar listings.
  • Assisting with social media campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and more.
  • Initiating contact with local community businesses and individuals to encourage community sponsorship and individual or team event participation.
  • Posting event materials in various locations. This responsibility includes targeting high traffic locations that will increase event participation.
  • Database building, management, and maintenance.
  • Interviewing event participants/supporters and composing feature stories and other articles for media. This may require phone and/or email contact of a sensitive nature, since some contact will be required with those who have been touched by breast cancer. Phone interviews are critical for obtaining information used in press releases and media coverage.

Qualifications:

  • College Junior, Senior, or Graduate student. Minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with competing deadlines
  • Proficiency with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube and other social media outlets. Prior experience with social media campaigns is preferred
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Excel, Photoshop and WordPress is preferred but not mandatory

Compensation:

All internships are unpaid but we are willing to work with institutions to offer students academic credit.

How to apply:

Now accepting applicants for 2014 Spring and Summer internships. Start dates and internship durations are negotiable.  Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and 2 writing samples to Cheryl Osimo at: cherylosimo@comcast.net. Contact 508-246-3047 for any questions.

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