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Internship Information

We are now accepting applications for our Fall Internships.

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 first-hand experience with day-to-day accounting operations at one of NonProfit Times and Forbes’ 2018 top 50 largest U.S. charities. You will gain valuable insights into strategies for success from our Leadership team in group advisory sessions covering the organization’s Mission Delivery, Fund Development, Marketing & Communications, and Operations. Additionally, you'll get to see how a nonprofit operates differently from a for-profit corporation.

The Accounting Intern will report to the Accounting Director and work alongside the Senior Accountant and Staff Accountant to assist with general accounting functions including accounts payable, monthly ledger closes, and other financial analyses.

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