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Interview with Amber of LIVESTRONG

November 8, 2011

LIVESTRONG (@LIVESTRONG) serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand — LIVESTRONG — and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Originating with the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. For more information, visit

Amber Wadey has been with the Lance Armstrong Foundation for over 5 years, and currently serves as Organizational Support Manager. She manages the Intern and Volunteer programs, while overseeing the front desk Concierge and “contact us” functions at LIVESTRONG HQ in Austin, Texas.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

I started working in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer and intern. I think it’s so important to get that extra experience while you’re in college. I loved going to class – but I learned what I wanted to do and my career path truly started with volunteering.

Amber Wadey, LIVESTRONG2. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

I’m looking for the right fit, and that looks different for each position, every semester. For the most part, I’m looking for candidates who are interested in nonprofit and have a connection to our Mission. I realize there may not be a lot of work experience on an entry level intern’s resume, so I look for people who can communicate well through their application by sharing their story and giving me a clear sense of what they hope to gain from the internship.

3. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

I’m most impressed when a candidate has done their homework; when they understand what we do and have a clear sense of how they can contribute in a meaningful way. Even if your future goals are unclear, it’s a good idea to come in to any interview with basic knowledge about the organization, as well as a genuine enthusiasm for the opportunity.

4. Have any intern stories to share?

Here at LIVESTRONG, we believe that attitude is everything. One of the best interns we’ve ever had wasn’t necessarily the best at office tasks or organizational skills, but she had the best attitude and was always willing to step in and help wherever needed. On the flip side, we’ve had interns with amazing skills who thought they were above the tasks assigned. At a nonprofit, we all wear multiple hats and you have to have the attitude that no job is too large or too small. Good interns want something impressive on their resume; great interns want to help, learn, and contribute to the Team.

LIVESTRONG is currently hiring interns in all areas – graphic design, marketing, public health & education, government relations, advocacy, IT, finance, event planning, legal and more.  See all 21 internships.

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