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Internship FAQ

What is the purpose of this internship program?

questionThe Make-A-Wish internship program is designed for current undergraduate or graduate students who have a goal of being a leader in the nonprofit sector. The purpose of the internship program is to help undergraduate and/or graduate students further cultivate their skills through a real-life work experience.

Can I earn college credit through this internship?

Wishmakers on Campus®Yes! If you need an internship as a requirement for graduation, this is the perfect opportunity for you! We will be happy to work with you and your internship coordinator on campus to ensure you receive credit for this internship.

How long is this internship?

Monthly GivingSpring & Fall internships: 16 weeks long; part-time (20 hours/week)
Summer internships: 8 weeks long; full-time (40 hours/week)

Is this a paid internship?

DonateYes! Internships at the national office are compensated at $10 per hour.

What types of internships are offered?

Kids for Wish Kids®Make-A-Wish offers a variety of internships each session across our many departments in our organization including:
  1. Brand Advancement – work collaboratively with Marketing, Communications, and Creative Services staff in the National Office. Participate in a variety of activities including writing, researching, and media event planning support. 
  2. Corporate Alliances – learn about corporate sponsorship and cause-marketing in the nonprofit sector. Assist in servicing the established accounts and the corporate sponsorships-new sales team. 
  3. Chapter Support – assist the Chapter Support department in its efforts to advance leadership and other chapter initiatives for the Foundation’s 62 chapters across the United States to optimize delivery of Make-A-Wish’s mission. 
  4. Development – contribute to numerous fundraising and donor relations initiatives within the different areas of development including planned giving, annual giving, grants, and donor relations. 
  5. Finance & Operations – gather invoices and payables from different chapters, review invoices for proper coding, enter invoices into Financial Edge and obtain payment approval from chapter CEO’s. Assist chapters in receiving and recording donations and contributions.
  6. Human Resources – learn many of the functions of the human resources department. Contribute to strategic discussions regarding HR processes and take part in projects that will positively impact the employees of the Foundation. 
  7. Info Tech – support the National Office staff with computer hardware, software, and technical support needs.

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Make-A-Wish accepts referrals from:

  • Children being treated for a critical illness
  • Parents or legal guardians
  • Medical professionals (typically a doctor, nurse, social worker or child-life specialist)
  • Family members with detailed knowledge of the child's medical condition