If you are looking for an easy, clerical, safely routine internship — this is not the one for you.
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I interned at ZERO as part of the Twitch Livestreaming Recruitment effort. It is becoming increasingly popular for nonprofits to partner with streamers to fundraise and spread awareness, so it is only natural that ZERO would take advantage of this up-and-coming fundraising method. It is a small program currently — only about a year old — so there were a lot of unknowns coming into my role. Even though I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little daunted by the task ahead of me, I knew the only way to turn the unknowns into discoveries was to roll up my sleeves and dive right in.
From designing a microsite for Livestream fundraising to creating a training and informational guide for those unfamiliar with Twitch, my internship certainly never lacked in variety. The range and depth of skills I honed this summer were way beyond my expectations — I came into this internship ready to learn, but I could never have imagined how much I would grow in just a few short months. I truly credit this growth to ZERO creating a safe space to try — and sometimes fail — to devise new and innovative solutions to challenges we face.
My biggest challenge, by far, was getting a pulse on recruitment. I needed to figure out which streamers to recruit and how best to recruit them. There was undeniably a steep learning curve, but I managed to wrangle a couple of fantastic streamers in the end. The last streamer I recruited blew me away with his kindness. He went out of his way to not only stream for ZERO but host an entire Apex Charity tournament! We were able to secure sponsors for the tourney and even get featured on the front page of Twitch. As someone who has been a loyal viewer on Twitch for years, seeing the event I helped coordinate on the front page was a surreal experience I will never forget.
Thanks to the support and advice I received from my fantastic mentors, Shawn Supers and Jeremy Reynolds, I managed to raise $9,000 for ZERO patients! The impact we have on the people who need these funds is indubitably the most fulfilling part of this internship. As Shawn once said to me, “Once you feel that spark from helping others, you’re hooked.” After this unforgettable internship experience, I can safely say that she is 100% right.
Interning at ZERO is a great opportunity to learn and gain valuable hands-on experience under the guidance of experienced professionals and advocates. Additionally, an internship at ZERO will allow interns to access a nationwide intern network that is useful for learning and networking with your peers. Check out our current internship opportunities.
Want to put your passion into action to end prostate cancer and help save lives? We’re looking for qualified candidates to join our growing team for the following positions. Individuals interested in interning at ZERO should send their resume and cover letter to HR@zerocancer.org. Join us in creating Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free from prostate cancer.