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Internship Information

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) unless otherwise noted
  • 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.

Intern – Summer 2020 (General Application)

See multiple internship opportunities that interest you? Submit a general application! By submitting your information through this application, you will be in consideration for all internships offered at Make-A-Wish Illinois with the opportunity to be placed where you could make the greatest impact to our mission. You will have the opportunity to rank and exclude the internships available based on interest.


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 Events and Walks

The Community Events and Walks team is dedicated to involving all members of the local community to spread awareness of the Make-A-Wish mission and the power of a wish. All community programs celebrate past wishes while raising funds for future wishes. The Community Events and Walks Intern is responsible for assisting with the administration of Make-A-Wish community fundraising events, including five annual Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes.

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Corporate Partnerships

This internship provides hands-on experience in working with corporate accounts in a fundraising, sponsorship and cause marketing capacity. You will help solicit 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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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 operate as a key member of the donor services and development team. The position ensures that donors feel strongly engaged with the mission of Make-A-Wish and that our donors’ contributions are being recognized. The position is strongly focused on writing projects, primarily biographical sketches of wish children, to be used for stewardship of our major donors. Specific attention will be focused on the Adopt-A-Wish program, which involves great communication with our larger individual and corporate donors.

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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.

NOTE: This position is located in our downtown Peoria office.

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Referral Outreach

The Referral Outreach 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 screen referrals for review by our Referral Outreach Team. The intern will also follow up with the medical teams to secure intake and medical eligibility forms.  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 fun and enlightening internship role will give you an understanding to the world of signature fundraising events. You will get to learn the in’s and out’s of putting on an event from start to finish for Make-A-Wish Illinois. This is a hands-on, insightful role ready for a candidate with a passion for events. We are looking for a quick learner and hard worker, someone who can work well independently, someone with passion and experience with events and someone who can jump right in! Come be a part of making our events come to life!

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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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Chicago, IL 60654
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