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Internships

Application Information

Internship Cycles

  • Fall: Late August - Late December (applications accepted June 15 - July 25)
  • Spring: Early January- Mid May (applications accepted September 1 - Oct 15)
  • Summer: Late May - Late August (applications accepted February 15 - March 7)

Candidates are asked to commit to a schedule for the duration of the internship.

To apply for an internship position, send resume, cover letter and two writing samples (if indicated) to vagreafuvcf@vyyvabvf.jvfu.bet. Materials may also be mailed to:

Human Resources/Internships
Make-A-Wish Illinois
640 N. LaSalle Drive, Suite 280
Chicago, Illinois 60654-3754

Accounting

Time Commitment: Two full days per week

Ideal Majors: Accounting, Business

Supervisor: Accounting Manager

Description: The Accounting Intern assists the Accounting team with general accounting functions including accounts payable, in-kind gift entry, and monthly closes.

Requirements: The Accounting Intern will report to the Accounting Manager, working alongside the Senior Accountant and  Staff Accountant to assist with general accounting. Excellent oral and written communication skills a must, along with strong attention to detail. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word preferred. Ideal candidate will have an accounting background with exposure to general accounting principles.

Expected Assignments: The Accounting Intern will assist with vouchering expense for wishes, in-kind gift entry in Raiser's Edge, general ledger account analyses, and other duties as assigned. 

The position is in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Communications

Time Commitment: Interns are asked to make a cycle commitment for 15 -22 hours a week.

Ideal majors: English, Journalism, Communications, Marketing

Supervisor:  Communications Manager

Description:  The Communications Intern assists the Communications Manager with many writing projects including writing biographical sketches of wish children, newsletter stories, web content and news releases. The intern supports the chapter's social media strategy through research and updates. The position also involves interviewing wish families and contacting media.

Requirements:  This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office. Comfort with various social networking platforms is a plus. Ideal candidate will have completed coursework in public relations, journalism or marketing and be a very strong writer. Please supply 2 writing samples.

Expected Assignments: The Communications Intern assists the Communications Manager with many writing projects including writing biographical sketches of wish children, newsletter stories, web content and news releases. The intern supports the chapter's social media strategy through research and updates. The position also involves interviewing wish families and contacting media.

The position is located in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Community Events

Time Commitment: Two or three full days per week

Ideal majors: Business, Non-Profit Management, Events Management, Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design

Supervisor: Gift Officer, Community Programs

Description: The Community Events Intern is responsible for assisting with the administration of Make-A-Wish external fundraising events.

Requirements:  The ideal intern must have strong people, organizational, written and oral communications skills. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Knowledge of design software also helpful. Attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment are critical, as is the desire to contribute to the mission of Make-A-Wish.

Expected Assignments: Events include Kids for Wish Kids®, Wish Makers on Campus®, and all other external events. Key responsibilities include processing and sending license agreements, writing and sending personalized thank-you notes, assisting with event organization in Raiser's Edge, event follow-up, and performing other duties as assigned.   

The position is in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Community Relations

Time Commitment:  Varies (2-3 days per week 16-20 hours per week)

Ideal Majors: English, Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Events Management

Supervisor:  Community Relations Manager, Peoria

Description: A Community Relations intern works with the Community Relations Managers to help coordinate activities to ensure and enhance service and presence within the community. This position supports the Community Relations Managers in both Peoria and Springfield offices.

Requirements:  The ideal intern should be an energetic individual with good communication skills and strong attention to detail. This is a fast-paced environment where the ability to multi-task is essential. Public speaking skills and knowledge of Word, Excel, Access and internet is helpful.

Expected Assignments:  Daily tasks would include research, writing, preparing and submitting press releases and other media communications; organizing events and RSVP tracking, coordinating mailings, data entry, organization of off-site outreach activities to help support community awareness; speaking to assigned parent groups or referring organizations and individuals, and any additional outreach projects as assigned.

The position is based in the Peoria office. Internships are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The internship is unpaid. Interns are asked to make at least a 3 month commitment for 16-20 hours a week, start times may be flexible.

Community Walks

Time Commitment: Two or three full days per week through September 20

Ideal majors: Business, Non-Profit Management, Events Management, Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design

Supervisor: Manager, Walk Events and Associate Board

Description: The Community Walks Intern is responsible for assisting with the administration of four annual Make-A-Wish Walk and Run for Wishes fundraising events.

Requirements:  Availability to attend walks in Champaign and Chicago September 19-20 is a must. (Transportation to Champaign will be provided.) The ideal intern should also have strong people, organizational, written and oral communications skills. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Knowledge of design software also helpful. Attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment are critical, as is the desire to contribute to the mission of Make-A-Wish.

Expected Assignments: Key responsibilities include processing and sending license agreements, writing and sending personalized thank-you notes, assisting with event organization in Raiser's Edge, event follow-up, and performing other duties as assigned. Create marketing and stewardship collateral for corporate donor programs, and authoring wish stories for fundraising collateral and stewardship frames.

The position is in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Corporate Campaign

Time Commitment: Two full non-consecutive days per week

Ideal majors: Business, Non-Profit Management, Events Management, Marketing, Communications

Supervisor: Gift Officer, Corporate

Description: The Corporate Campaign Intern is responsible for assisting with the administration of Make-A-Wish fundraising campaigns.

Requirements: The ideal intern should be an innovative self-starter, have excellent oral and written communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is a must. Attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast paced, collaborative environment are critical, as is the desire to contribute to the mission of Make-A-Wish.

Expected assignments: Campaigns include Jeans for Wishes (Fall & Spring), Season of Wishes (Summer & Fall) and various local/national corporate campaigns throughout the year.  Key responsibilities include assisting in the launch and support of campaigns as well as creating marketing and stewardship collateral for donor outreach and maintenance of programs, coordinating volunteers and assisting with wish families when needed and performing other duties as assigned. 

The position is in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Medical Outreach

Time Commitment:  Two full non-consecutive days per week

Ideal Majors: Medical & Nursing, Psycho-Social Services, CCLS

Supervisor: Referral Outreach Coordinators

Description: A Medical Outreach intern works with the Medical Outreach Manager and Referral Intake Coordinator on the implementation of the chapter's Medical Outreach Marketing Plan.

Requirements:  A Medical Outreach intern works with the Medical Outreach Manager and Referral Intake Coordinator on the implementation of the chapter's Medical Outreach Marketing Plan.

Expected Assignments:   Daily tasks would include making phone calls to wish families for intake and processing, data entry, assisting with preparation for outreach events, following up with medical staff on missing paperwork, and performing other additional duties as assigned.

The position is in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Program Services - Coordinator

Time Commitment:  Two or three full days per week

Ideal Majors: Medical & Nursing, Social Work, Events Management, Non-Profit Management

Supervisor: Wish Coordinators, Wish Managers

Description: A Program Services Coordinator Intern works with a team of four Wish Coordinators on the planning and implementation of the wish granting process. This process will include sending various  communications between vendors, families, and volunteers , sending travel requests and following up  on pending wish type medical approval, assisting with special projects for unique wish types, and any additional wish-related projects as assigned.

Requirements:  The ideal intern should be an energetic individual with good communication skills and strong attention to detail. This is a fast-paced environment where the ability multi-task is essential. Finally, knowledge of Word, Excel, Access and internet is helpful.

Expected Assignments:   Daily tasks would include contacting families, volunteers and medical staff as needed, faxing and mailing documentation, data entry, and performing other additional duties as assigned.

The position is in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Program Services - Manager

Time Commitment:  Two or three full days per week

Ideal Majors: Medical & Nursing, Social Work, Events Management, Non-Profit Management

Supervisor: Wish Managers

Description: A Program Manager Intern assists Wish Managers in beginning stages of the wish process. Daily tasks would include mailing communications to families and volunteers, data entry, performing managerial tasks, and any additional wish-related projects as assigned.

Requirements:  The ideal intern should be an energetic individual with good communication skills and strong attention to detail. This is a fast-paced environment where the ability multi-task is essential. Finally, knowledge of Word, Excel, Access and internet is helpful.

Expected Assignments:   Contacting families, volunteers and medical staff as needed, faxing and mailing documentation, data entry, and performing other additional duties as assigned.

The position is in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Signature Events

Time Commitment:  Two or three full days per week

Ideal Majors: Business, Non-Profit Management, Events Management, Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design

Supervisor: Signature Events Manager

Description: The Signature Events Intern is responsible for assisting with the administration of Make-A-Wish internal fundraising events.

Requirements:  The ideal intern must have strong people, organizational, written and oral communications skills. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Knowledge of design software also helpful. Attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast paced, collaborative environment are critical, as is the desire to contribute to the mission of Make-A-Wish.

Expected Assignments:   Events include the annual Wish Ball black tie gala in May and Make-A-Wish Golf Outing in September. Key responsibilities include assisting with helping with logistics of silent auctions for both main events, coordinating volunteers, assisting with donor recognition, assisting with event sponsorship, and performing other additional duties as assigned

The position is in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Stewardship

Time Commitment:  Two full non-consecutive days per week

Ideal Majors: English, Journalism, Communications

Supervisor:  Donor Research Coordinator

Description: The Stewardship Intern assists the Development Services Team to thank donors for their support.

Requirements:  The position is strongly focused on writing projects, primarily biographical sketches of wish children for our Adopt-A-Wish® program. This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office. Ideal candidate will have completed coursework in public relations, journalism or marketing and be a very strong writer. Attention to detail is imperative.

Expected Assignments:   The Stewardship Intern will make updates to the donor database, assist with stewardship event details, prepare research profiles, create framed recognition pieces for donors, and perform additional tasks as required.

The position is in the downtown Chicago office. The internship is unpaid.

Volunteer

Time Commitment:  Two full non-consecutive days per week.

Ideal Majors: Non-Profit Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Public Relations

Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator

Description :  The Volunteer Services Intern works directly with the volunteer services staff.  Make-A-Wish Illinois has more than 1,500 volunteers throughout the state of Illinois in many diverse assignments.

Requirements:  Detail-oriented, excellent written & oral skills, at least two years of college completed preferred, good people skills, good computer (Excel) skills. Provide two (2) writing samples.

Expected Assignments:   Maintain volunteer records and files. Contact volunteers to staff Make-A-Wish events and other volunteer activities. Assist volunteer staff with volunteer research projects.  Other duties include monitoring volunteer compliance, contacting potential volunteers, assisting with volunteer recruitment and recognition efforts.

This is an unpaid internship. The position is in the downtown Chicago office.

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640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
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(312) 602-9474
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