We fight to improve the lives of people affected by cancer
The LIVESTRONG Foundation offers unpaid internships to current students and recent graduates interested in learning the inner workings of a nonprofit organization. Interns will be paired with a Foundation team member for one-on-one mentorship to gain hands-on experience in their area of interest.
- Be available to work 12–20 hours per week during regular business hours at LIVESTRONG HQ in Austin, Texas.
- Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a high level of computer competency.
- Be self-motivated, organized, willing to help with any project no matter how large or small and be able to balance multiple priorities at once.
- Have a strong desire to make a difference, a passion for the LIVESTRONG mission, a positive attitude and an affinity for the color yellow.
- Be able to provide their own housing and transportation; mastery of parallel parking is a plus.
If you meet all of the above requirements and would like to be considered for an internship, please fill out the online application. Please be aware that not all positions will be available every semester, and we will begin interviewing select candidates before the application deadlines listed below.
Dates and Deadlines
|Semester||Application Deadlines||Internship Dates|
|Spring 2015||Dec 12, 2014||Jan 16–May 8, 2015|
|Summer 2015||May 1, 2015||May 18–Aug 13, 2015|
|Fall 2015||Aug 14, 2015||Aug 24–Dec 4, 2015|
Departments/Areas of Interest
- Shared Services
- Development and Fundraising
- Government Relations and External Affairs
Human Resources interns are assigned projects that allow them to collaborate cross functionally in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment. Project deliverables will be chosen from across the major human resources disciplines of talent acquisition, talent management, total rewards and organizational development.
Organizational Support interns work to ensure that every person who calls, emails, writes or walks through the doors is provided with the welcome and support they need in order to have a positive experience with the Foundation. Organizational Support interns work closely with our Concierge to plan meetings, support our wellness program, and provide support to the internship program and office volunteers.
Information Technology interns help maintain technology resources that support the Foundation. Tasks may include working in our CRM database to manage records, event registration lists, donation forms and contact forms.
Development and Fundraising:
Event Fundraising and Promotion interns assist event participants in developing successful fundraising plans to support their goals. Tasks include constituent communication, sharing fundraising tactics, fulfilling requests, and rewarding fundraisers with incentives during their campaign. Additionally, interns help Team LIVESTRONG staff as they organize events to engage constituents at all levels. This includes interacting with vendors, sponsors, participants, volunteers and other organizations to grow Team LIVESTRONG awareness, recruit participants and set up in-market activities.
Annual Giving interns are the first point of contact for incoming donation-related communication into the Foundation. Interns help to troubleshoot constituent donation issues and problems with our website while building relationships with donors. Interns also manage several ongoing processes to maintain the department’s high standards of customer service, stewardship, and data accuracy. Additionally, interns help manage revenue-generating programs such as wedding, honorary and memory, matching gift donations and workplace giving fairs.
Stewardship interns support the Development Team in thanking, cultivating, nurturing and sustaining relationships with every donor that invests in our mission. The stewardship programs help donors recognize the vital importance and impact of their giving which in turn strengthens their ties to our mission. Through the sharing of information and appropriate recognition, we aim to develop and sustain life-long relationships between donors and the Foundation.
Grassroots Fundraising interns help manage relationships with fundraisers and event participants from across the country (as well as some internationally) via email and phone to answer questions and find creative ways to thank our fundraisers. Grassroots interns will acquire an understanding of our event structure and process, and might even leave the experience inspired to run a marathon, ride a bike 100 miles or host the world's greatest bake sale.
Major Gifts Program interns assist the Foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of people affected by cancer by supporting the team’s efforts to secure large individual donor investments in our mission. Tasks include: working with Major Gifts Officers to identify and qualify individuals, companies and/or foundations capable of making significant gifts, and to assist with the strategy development and cultivation of relationships, including preparing collateral materials and proposals.
Prospect Management and Research interns assist with projects that support to the Foundation’s Major Gifts and Development teams, including but not limited to updating information in the constituent database and conducting basis research on individual, corporate or foundation prospects.
Grants Management interns conduct comprehensive research to identify grant opportunities from foundations, corporations, and government institutions. Interns help maintain accurate records on the Foundation’s current and prospective relationships including application deadlines, grant proposals, signed contracts, and all other pertinent information.
Navigation Services interns help us provide world class support services to people affected by cancer. Duties include compiling resources for the navigation database, communicating with clients via email and in person, assisting at the front desk, and special projects as needed.
Community Outreach interns help the Foundation promote our free cancer support services, specifically in the Austin area, by supporting our outreach efforts. This includes communicating with external and internal partners, event coordination, research, data entry, and other duties as assigned. Interns get to work across the Programs, Marketing, and Communications teams. Prospects should must strong communications skills.
Community Program interns support the dissemination and oversight of the Foundation’s multimillion dollar grant portfolio to Hospitals, Cancer Centers, and Community Based Organizations. Additionally, our Community Program includes innovative online campaigns such as the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and our Global Social Innovation Challenge, and our interns have the opportunity to work with some of the largest nonprofits and hospital networks in the United States including YMCA of the USA and The Cancer Support Community. Ideal applicants should have great communication skills, be highly organized and have the ability to work on various projects at once. This is a great position for someone interested in nonprofit management, program creation, and grant management.
Community Engagement interns help the Foundation as we work to make cancer a global priority through engaging grassroots volunteers around our mission and advocacy opportunities that support our public policy initiatives. The internship focuses primarily around engaging with LIVESTRONG Leaders, the Foundation’s top grassroots volunteers around the globe. Tasks include facilitating daily communication with the Leaders, identifying new ways to recognize and engage Leaders, helping coordinate resource distribution and planning events.
Public Health interns assist with the implementation of Foundation programs as we work to develop a model of care for people affected by cancer that is comprehensive and "patient-centered." This includes researching and working with healthcare professionals and patients around the country to create a cancer care model that empowers patients and their families and places their needs, preferences, and values first. Responsibilities include: researching organizations and cancer hospitals delivering innovative cancer care practices, communicating with members of the cancer community (academics, researchers, healthcare providers, patients, policy makers, etc.), writing for blogs and professional publications, and assisting with planning and implementation of major symposiums and conferences. This internship is ideal for someone with a strong interest in public health, outstanding organization, research, verbal and written communication skills.
Research and Evaluation interns help measure the impact of Foundation initiatives. Tasks include data collection, research, and evaluating a wide range of programmatic initiatives. Interns have the opportunity to analyze data and report internally and externally on the outcomes of Foundation initiatives including cancer support services, grant-funded programs, public health and health policy initiatives. Interns must have strong computer skills including Excel and Word and have the ability to do research-type tasks such as analyze data and develop charts and tables to be included in reports. SPSS experience is a plus.
Government Relations and External Affairs:
Communications and External Affairs interns assist with projects involving constituent communications, writing and distributing press releases, media relations, and a variety of PR tasks critical to the day-to-day operations of a busy public affairs office.
Government Relations interns assist the Foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of people affected by cancer through policy change at the global, federal and local level. Tasks include: corresponding with elected officials and organizations/members of the cancer community, tracking bills of interest through the legislative process and aiding in the organization of cancer policy meetings and advocacy-related events.
Health Policy interns help advance the Foundation’s position on global, national, and local issues relevant to people affected by cancer. Interns work across the Programs, Communications and Advocacy teams to develop and promote organizational recommendations for government legislation or regulations, clinical standards and other policy-related guidance or statements. Interns also respond to stakeholder policy inquiries as needed. Prospective interns should be at the graduate-student level with a concentration or focus in public health (domestic or international), policy, or administration; law; or communications. Prospects also should have experience in research and analysis, and strong familiarity with policy literature and newsfeeds.
Marketing Services interns assist with project management, including project initiation, creative brief development, working with internal clients and the creative services team, and stewarding the review and approval process. Interns also work with printers and vendors, fulfill internal and external requests for Foundation photos and logos, provide general administrative assistance and manage at least one long-term project.
Social Media interns help maintain the Foundation’s online presence across the LIVESTRONG Blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and other social media networking sites. Tasks may include writing blogs, editing and uploading photo and video content, and other web related requests.
Graphic Design interns report to the Art Director within a collaborative, fast-paced in-house marketing department, and are responsible for creation, revision and production of various marketing materials as directed. Interns work with print collateral, web and social media graphics, email graphics, environmental graphics, posters, direct mail pieces and other marketing needs. Excellent type and composition skills required. Photo retouching and comp’ing skills are a must. Interns will also handle file organization and archiving according to our system. Proficiency in Adobe CS is required (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop). Illustration, photography and writing skills/styles are helpful, but not required.
UI Design interns support our marketing team with interface design and image production for online publishing. Must be proficient in Photoshop and have excellent typographic skills; a working knowledge of HTML/CSS and experience developing interface wireframes is a plus.
Editorial interns assist with researching, writing and editing content for a variety of projects and initiatives. Interns work with multiple departments across the Foundation to help produce both online and offline content that may include landing pages, collateral pieces and more. Familiarity with AP Style is a plus.