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Internships

Internships

Make-A-Wish has several unpaid internships each semester. Each semester, specific tasks assigned to interns are different. The intern will assume various responsibilities that play a role in the success of the Make-A-Wish mission, which is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Development/Public Relations Intern:

Though many study focuses will find this internship helpful, areas of concentration that will best fit this position are business, communications, public relations, graphic design, English and those interested in pursuing a non-profit career. The development/public relations intern will assist the development team in all areas of fundraising practices. The intern will also assist with the public relations efforts and the creation of graphic design material as needed. Other tasks may include data entry, prospect research, making thank you calls and help with mailings and working with local area schools' fundraising efforts. The development/public relations intern will need to display excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.  Communication skills are essential as you may be speaking with donors or prospects.  Most importantly, successful applicants must have a genuine interest in all aspects of fundraising.  This is an unpaid position and requires 8-10 hours per week. The intern will be reporting to the Community Engagement Coordinator.

Desired Skills:
  • Ability to communicate well both in writing and verbally
  • Creativity
  • Critical and strategic thinking
  • Ability to communicate in delicate/sensitive situations and maintain confidentiality
  • Maintain a professional demeanor and appearance
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, Canva preferred
Please send resume and cover letter to Patricia O’Connell.
Volunteer/Program Intern:

Our volunteer/program internship will suit nearly every area of focus, though those that are most appropriate include communications, hospitality, general liberal arts, business and education. This intern primarily assists the volunteer coordinator and the program team in planning volunteer trainings, wish administration, data entry and pre-screening families. Excellent administrative, phone and written communications skills are ESSENTIAL. This intern may be expected to attend training sessions and participate in session planning as well. Spanish language skills are helpful.  This position does not directly plan wishes or interact directly with wish kids. In addition to the duties described above, the interns will help out with various other day to day tasks that support the entire Make-A-Wish team. This is an unpaid position and requires 8-10 hours per week. The intern will be reporting to the VP of Mission Delivery and the Volunteer Manager.

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to communicate well both in writing and verbally
  • Creativity
  • Critical and strategic thinking
  • Ability to communicate in delicate/sensitive situations and maintain confidentiality
  • Maintain a professional demeanor and appearance
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Spanish speaking a plus, but not required
Please send resume and cover letter to Patricia O’Connell.

About Make-A-Wish:

Hundreds of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with critical illnesses. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. Make-A-Wish seeks the best people to fulfill our vision of granting a wish for every eligible child. Every person who joins us commits to this vision — and uses it as a guide in every action. Our staff lives the Make-A-Wish values in the pursuit of granting wishes. From program services and operations to fundraising and brand advancement, every staff member fulfills a vital role in our mission.


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