Internship Opportunities

Make-A-Wish Arizona internships are coveted, both because of the inspiring mission and because interns get real-world experience alongside talented professionals. We offer several unpaid internships for each of the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. All internships are based at the Make-A-Wish Arizona Parsons Wish House in Scottsdale.  

*Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Make-A-Wish Arizona is reviewing its internship opportunities semester by semester. If you are interested in pursuing an internship position in a future semester, please follow the steps to share your information with the proper department. More information and updates on our staffing restrictions due to COVID-19 will be posted and updated on this page regularly. Thank you for your interest in helping to make wishes come true. 

Internship Cycles

FALL: Late August – Early December (Applications accepted January – July)

SPRING: Early January – Late April (Applications accepted August - November)

SUMMER:  Mid May – Early August (Applications accepted January - April)

All internships are unpaid and based at The Parsons Wish House in Scottsdale. 

How to Apply

The Make-A-Wish Arizona internship program is designed for young professionals with a goal of being a leader in the nonprofit sector. All interns must be 18 years of age or older. 

We are now accepting applications for our 2020 Fall Internship Program.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials to [email protected]

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 2 writing samples (For Marketing and PR Internship)

*Applications without these components will not be considered. Please specify the position and semester you are applying for. All our internships offer valuable work experience and the possibility of college credit. No monetary compensation. Please no phone calls

Internship Guidelines

Professional Behavior: As representatives of Make-A-Wish Arizona, all staff and interns are expected to have professional communication skills, including phone and email etiquette. Please understand that you are a representative of Make-A-Wish Arizona and your conduct reflects on the organization. Staff and interns are, consequently, encouraged to observe the highest standards of professionalism at all times.

Dress Code: Make-A-Wish Arizona serves the needs of the public, and it is not unusual for the Wish House to be visited by donors or potential donors, wish families, volunteers, vendors, and board members. As representatives of Make-A-Wish Arizona, it is important that all staff and interns reflect a positive and professional image at all times. During business hours or when representing Make-A-Wish Arizona, you are expected to present a clean, well-pressed, appropriate and professional appearance.

Volunteer Role: Make-A-Wish Arizona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. While Make-A-Wish Arizona internships offer a wide range of real-world experiences to help you grow professionally, please understand all of the positions below require voluntary time and effort and are unpaid internships.

Development and Events Internships

Development staff members are responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of funds directed to our chapter. 

Corporate Development Internship
Positions Available: 1 (Fall 2020 semester) 
Classification: Unpaid 

The Corporate Development Intern will assist the development department with annual fundraising efforts that include, but are not limited to, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding corporate and foundation donors. Responsibilities will include cause-related marketing projects, donor solicitation and stewardship - all in an effort to raise funds needed to grant wishes. 

Development and Events Internship
Positions Available: 1 (Fall 2020 semester) 
Classification: Unpaid 

The Development & Events Intern will primarily assist with the Kids for Wish Kids program. This program engages youth of all ages with the Make-A-Wish mission and allows K-12 students to raise funds and help grant life-changing wishes for kids with critical illnesses. This intern will play a vital role in assisting schools with holding successful fundraisers and will also assist with External Events and Walk for Wishes. 

Marketing and Communications Internships

Marketing staff members are responsible for marketing, public relations, communications and creative services, as well as managing local events and brand campaigns.

Marketing and Public Relations Internship
Positions Available: 2 (Fall 2020 semester) 
Classification: Unpaid 

The Marketing and Public Relations Intern will be responsible for supporting the public relations, marketing and promotional activities at Make-A-Wish Arizona, the local chapter of the international wish granting organization. Work commensurate with entry-level public relations and marketing position. Strong writing and grammar skills are essential. Media and social media experience valued. 

Program Services Internships

Program staff members are responsible for serving the mission of our organization, managing the wish granting process from beginning to end.

Wish Granting Internship
Available Positions: 1 (Fall 2020 semester)
Classification: Unpaid

The Wish Granting Intern works with the wish granting department completing hands-on work with the mission of the foundation. Desired outcomes of project work would include stronger communication skills, higher business ethic, greater understanding of working within the not-for-profit sector. 

Referral & Medical Outreach Internship 
Available Positions: 1 (Fall 2020 semester)
Classification: Unpaid

The Referral & Medical Outreach Intern is responsible for beginning the wish journey for a family and strengthening relations with the referral community to encourage more wish granting in Arizona.