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Internship Information

Internships for the Winter/Spring cycle are now open!

An internship at Make-A-Wish Illinois provides a unique opportunity to see how a renowned nonprofit organization runs from the inside. In addition to the learning opportunities outlined in the job descriptions below, all interns also:

  • Sit down with the senior leaders of our organization
  • Have the opportunity to participate in our amazing culture
  • Network with our exceptional teammates
  • Create lifelong memories

We want to invite YOU to be a part of the magic that we experience every day at Make-A-Wish and learn why we are consistently ranked as one of The Nonprofit Times' "Top Nonprofits to Work For!"

Internship Requirements:

  • Must be able to commute to our downtown Chicago office (we are located in the River North neighborhood)
  • Minimum age for all internships is 18
  • Selected candidates will be asked to participate in a criminal background check.

***Applications are currently being accepted for the Winter/Spring Internship Cycle which runs early January through late May.  Preferred candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview. ***

All internships are unpaid.

Corporate Partnerships

This internship provides hands-on experience soliciting new, lapsed and returning participants for major corporate fundraising campaigns. Interns will learn how for-profit corporations partner with nonprofits like Make-A-Wish to further their initiatives. This role will directly participate in the coordination of key campaigns including Wishmakers at Work, conduct corporate outreach around the Walk for Wishes program and prep materials for corporate volunteer initiatives.

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Community Engagement

This internship provides first-hand experience in community building and content creation for media outlets along with a comprehensive view of nonprofit operations. The Community Engagement intern works with the Community Engagement Managers to help coordinate activities to ensure and enhance service and presence throughout the state.

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Community Events and Walks

The Community Events and Walks Intern is responsible for assisting with the administration of Make-A-Wish external fundraising events, including four annual Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes.

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Donor Communications and Stewardship

The Donor Communications and Stewardship Intern will gain first-hand exposure to the operations of a high-performing fundraising team and will be responsible for capturing outstanding stories about our wish families to further engage our donors. The position is strongly focused on writing projects, primarily biographical sketches of wish children, to be used for stewardship of our major donors.

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This internship provides exposure to what goes in to maintaining an amazing brand for a successful nonprofit organization and provides the opportunity to help build awareness about Make-A-Wish's mission and vision.The Marketing Intern assists the Marketing team with ensuring the Make-A-Wish brand is broadly visible and highly regarded. In particular, this intern will be working with former wish recipients and their families to help them engage with Make-A-Wish in support of our mission.

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Referral Outreach

This internship is focused on helping our families get started on their journey with Make-A-Wish. As families and medical professionals inquire about Make-A-Wish, the intern will prepare records for each inquiry for review by our Referral Outreach Team. As time permits, the intern will also assist with Referral Outreach activities in order to help us reach as many children as possible.

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Signature Events

This internship provides candidates first-hand experience with the planning and execution of a multi-million dollar fundraising gala. The Signature Events Intern assists with the planning of Wish Ball, Make-A-Wish Illinois's highest grossing internal fundraising event, as well as other events throughout the internship cycle. Candidates must be available for the full day (early morning through late evening) on Saturday, May 18.

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Talent (Human Resources & Volunteer Management)

This internship provides candidates with a first-hand view of how Make-A-Wish Illinois recruits, engages, and develops our diverse workforce of volunteers and staff. Responsibilities include assisting with recruiting and interview processes for staff, volunteers, and interns; maintaining volunteer records; assigning volunteers to event opportunities; and helping with team engagement initiatives.

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Wish Granting

This internship provides candidates the opportunity to experience the magic of Make-A-Wish firsthand by directly contributing to the wish planning process. Interns will work directly with our Wish Coordinators on the planning and execution of wishes.

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Wish Granting Volunteer Internship

This internship provides candidates the opportunity to help engage our volunteers directly in our Wish Granting process by matching volunteers with families and helping to ensure our volunteers are prepared to grant wishes.

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Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
Toll Free (800) 978-9474