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Internship Information

We are now accepting applications for our Winter/Spring internships (~January - May, 2020)

An internship at Make-A-Wish Illinois provides a unique opportunity to see how a purpose-driven nonprofit organization operates. In addition to outstanding on-the-job learning opportunities, interns will also be able to:

  • Sit down with the senior leaders of our organization
  • Participate in creating impactful lifelong memories for families
  • Have the opportunity to assist in the creation and execution of wish progression
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 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.

All internships are unpaid.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled.


This internship provides real world experience creating content for various communications channels directly contributing to the magic of Make-A-Wish. The Communications Intern assists the Marketing Services team with many writing projects including writing biographical sketches of wish children, newsletter stories, web content and news releases. The position also involves interviewing wish families, contacting media, monitoring coverage and occasional marketing related projects.

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Community and Alumni Engagement (Chicago)

This internship provides exposure to what goes into maintaining an amazing brand image for a successful nonprofit organization. The Community and Alumni Engagement Intern provides opportunities to help build public awareness about Make-A-Wish's mission and ways to help the organization. The internship position assists with both the Marketing team and Community Engagement team to ensure that Make-A-Wish brand is broadly visible, highly regarded, and active within Illinois communities. Internship activities include fundraising, hospital referral outreach, and working with former wish families to help coordinate events to ensure and enhance our continued presence throughout the state.

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Community Engagement (Peoria)

This internship provides firsthand 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 development team and will be responsible for creating outstanding stories about our wish children to further cultivate and engage with our donors. The position is heavily focused on writing projects, primarily biographical sketches of wish children, to be used for stewardship of our major donors.

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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 planning and execution of Make-A-Wish Illinois Signature Events. The Signature Events Fall Intern assists with internal events throughout the internship cycle.

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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 Architects and Coordinators on the planning and execution of wishes.

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Wish Volunteer Program

This internship provides candidates insight into how staff and volunteers work together to deliver high impact wish experiences for wish children and their families. Interns will gain first-hand exposure to the various stages of the wish journey and will play a key role in the planning and execution of wish-related volunteer initiatives.

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640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
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