About CCA

We prescribe joy.

For children diagnosed with serious illness and their families, every moment is precious. At CCA, our goal is to transform as many of those moments as possible — with joy.

Why joy?

Because in the fight against devastating illness, joy is often forgotten. Because joy connects us with the power of hope, comfort, and happiness and helps families and children feel uplifted when their lives have been turned upside down. Because joy is something every child deserves.

Job Opportunities

Communications Internship Opportunity

Position Title:   Communications Intern
Supervisor:       Director of Communications and Brand
Commitment:    October - February
Hours:   10-15 hours a week
Salary:   Unpaid Intern Position
Benefits: Receive references and recommendations, gain professional and nonprofit experience, learn new office skills, work in a positive work environment, and support a mission that’s important to the community.

Position Summary

Basic Function:  Perform all necessary functions as an intern including, but not limited to: 

  • Support the Communications department in the following responsibilities, including but not limited to, website maintenance, electronic communications, social media, graphic design, public relations, and event marketing
  • Assist on special projects as they arise while promoting the mission and interests of Children’s Cancer Association

Essential Function: Provide administrative, project, marketing, public relation, and event support as needed.  Duties may include data entry, filing, graphic design, copy editing, special projects, and other duties as assigned by the Communications Director.

Qualifications:  High school graduate. Must have studied marketing, communications, or related studies in college, or have relevant experience.  Priority to graduates or degree-seeking students.  Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Intermediate experience in, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.

Must have strong interpersonal, verbal, written, and word processing skills.  Must be able to operate semi-independently and carry-out a variety of organizational tasks with limited supervision. Must be organized, efficient, and work well with a variety of staff, volunteers, and clients in a casual yet professional work environment.  Must be comfortable in an environment supporting seriously ill children and maintaining confidentiality at all times. 

Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this position, an intern is required to stand, walk, sit, and lift. Occasionally, the intern is required to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. The noise level in the work place is moderate.

General Information: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required for the position.

If you are interested, please fax, email, or send resume to: Children’s Cancer Association, Attn: Kacy Smerke, Community Outreach & Education Manager, 1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 140, Portland, OR 97209. You can email ksmerke@joyrx.org or fax your information to (503) 892-1922.

For questions or more information about Children’s Cancer Association, please visit Joyrx.org or call (503) 244-3141.

Children’s Cancer Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Volunteers fuel CCA in virtually every area of operation. Please consider donating your time and talent to help seriously ill children and teens.

Internships with our programs, communications, and development teams can offer opportunities to learn new skills, get school credit, build your resume, and have fun. Contact Volunteer@JoyRx.org to find out more about volunteering or interning at CCA.