Company/Organization: American Cancer Society
Mentor(s):Wendy Glick, Eddy Manzo
Topic of Internship
Marketing/Public Health Services/Non-profit
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Its activities include providing grants to researchers, running public health advertising campaigns, and organizing projects such as the Relay For Life, Great American Smokeout, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and Daffodil Days. The organization was founded in 1913 as the American Society for the Control of Cancer (ASCC) by 15 prominent physicians and business leaders in New York City. It was one of the most remarkable moments in the history of public health. The American Cancer Society, Inc. consists of a National Home Office with 13 chartered Divisions throughout the United States and a presence in most communities.
Summary of Internship
I rotated between two departments – the special events/event planning department and the public health services department. For the first department, I assisted my mentor and her co-workers on preparation and organization for various ACS events and fundraising programs, such as Making Strides For Breast Cancer, Relay for Life, and Holiday Letters. Other tasks I was assigned varied from data entry to inventory checking. For the second department, I also took part in the process of the Manhattan Breast Health Partnership, which provides breast screenings and diagnostic services for women with no or not enough insurance. I prepared patient re-screening letters and examination recalls for patients.
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