About the Program

If you're in college or a recent graduate and are looking for an internship, Make-A-Wish Colorado can provide a valuable and rewarding experience. 

Interns for Make-A-Wish® Colorado give of their time and talents to help bring hope, strength, and joy to children who have critical illnesses. All of our internships are unpaid; however, in return for their hard work and dedication, our interns receive valuable training, knowledge, hands-on non-profit work experience, a chance to meet others, and the gratification of making a difference in the life of a child.  

Academic credit can also be provided for students (specific criteria/requirements of the student's educational institution apply). Successful candidates are typically students or recent graduates (over the age of 18) with excellent written and oral communication skills, good organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, computer proficiency, and internet research ability.  

Internship Application Calendar 

We accept applications year-round, but spots fill up quickly so send your resume and cover letter as soon as possible. We do not have specific deadlines for applications, but below will give you an idea of when to apply based on when you would like to complete your internship. 

Please see dates that correspond to specific semester applicable. 

Summer Semester: Applications are due by April 20 
Fall Semester: Applications are due by July 20 
Spring Semester: November 20 

Types of Internships 

We offer internships with our Wish Granting, Development & Communication departments for each of the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Please specify for which internship you are applying in your cover letter. 

Wish Granting Intern

The Wish Granting Internship will provide the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Wish Granting Director, Wish Coordinators, and Referral/Wish Granter Coordinator to assist with all assets of the wish experience. 

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist with the planning and coordinating of wishes
    • Arrange travel accommodations (transportation, hotels, etc., Coordinate with outside vendors/companies for wish assistance, Prepare wish itineraries, Research unique wishes 
  • Contacting families, volunteers and medical staff as needed 
  • Faxing and mailing documentation 
  • Data entry 
  • Assist with wish referral process 


Development Intern

The Development Internship will provide the opportunity to work with the Development staff of the Make-A-Wish Colorado office. The intern will participate in a variety of hands-on activities including writing, researching, event planning support and database entry. 

Duties include (but are not limited to): 

  • Assist with event and auction coordination activities 
  • Produce donor acknowledgements and other stewardship pieces 
  • Assist with high donor mailings including printing, assembling and mailing packages  
  • Conduct research and outreach related to major projects, campaigns or fundraising events 
  • Database entry and other database projects using The Raiser’s Edge platform 
  • Grant writing, research and data entry 
  • Other various department support as needed 
  • Passion for learning more about the nonprofit sector and the Make-A-Wish mission 

Communications Intern

The Communications Internship will provide the opportunity to work with the Communications Manager and Development staff. 

Duties include (but are not limited to): 

  • Assist with social media accounts 
  • Write stories for website, donor acknowledgements and other marketing materials 
  • Collaborate with Communications Manager on graphic design projects (knowledge of Adobe suite is preferred) 
  • Other various department support as needed 

Interns generally work between 15-40 hours per week. While these time frames work best for most students, all scheduling, including start/end dates and hours per week, is flexible and negotiated between the candidate and his or her office during the interview stage of the selection process. 

To apply for an internship position, you must submit a resume and cover letter (including which internship you are applying for) to Claire Fundingsland at [email protected] 

All hired interns must successfully complete a background check and attend an orientation session prior to beginning their internship. 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Make-A-Wish Colorado intern and helping make wishes come true! 

Should you have any questions during the application process, please email Claire Fundingsland at [email protected]