Internships 

Become a Make-A-Wish Intern

Internship Overview

If you're in college and looking for an internship, Make-A-Wish® can provide a valuable and rewarding experience. 

An internship with Make-A-Wish allows students to learn valuable skills necessary for their future careers and learn how a nonprofit organization operates, as well as experience the reward of helping to make wishes come true for some very children in their community. 

Our offices are open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and an intern’s hours and days can be flexible within that time frame. Internships are unpaid.   

*PLEASE NOTE: All internships require that you submit a writing sample. 

Please see the deadline dates for internship applications for the following semesters:  

  • Spring semester: resumes due by November 15th 
  • Summer semester: resumes due by March 15th 
  • Fall semester: resumes are due by September 16th 

Resumes submitted after the due date will not be considered for that semester. You will be contacted regarding your resume within two weeks of the semester deadline. 

Pittsburgh Office Internships

Our Pittsburgh headquarter office is located in the Gulf Tower and the mailing address is 707 Grant Street, 37th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. 

To apply for an internship, we require that you send a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to [email protected]. In the subject line of your email and in your cover letter, please indicate the team with which you would like to intern. 

Marketing and Communications (Currently Not Accepting Applications)

For this internship, it is required that applicants submit a writing sample with their resume and cover letter. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Complete stories on fulfilled wishes for general use and distribution 
  • Write and distribute press releases 
  • Create and assist with posting content for chapter’s social media platforms 
  • Write articles for our volunteer newsletter 
  • Help organize community relations and outreach programs 
  • Write articles for newsletters to outreach sources 
  • Assist with promotional events or general office duties as needed 
  • Good phone skills, excellent writing skills required

Fundraising 

For this internship, it is required that applicants submit a writing sample with their resume and cover letter. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Assist the development team that is responsible for raising funds for children’s wishes 
  • Learn information about the children’s wishes while writing wish stories for thank you letters
  • Assist with the Kids for Wish Kids® and Wishmakers on Campus® fundraising programs 
  • Update fundraising reports using Microsoft Excel
  • Utilize fundraising software for donor care 
  • Assist in planning and implementing special events, such as golf tournaments, motorcycle runs, haunted houses and recognition events
  • May include attending event planning meetings 
  • May include assisting at events depending on intern’s availability. Events are usually during weekends or evenings 
  • Learn about corporate and individual giving 
  • Make follow-up telephone calls to donors and volunteers (no telemarketing involved) 
  • Assist in office duties as needed

Program Services - Wish Team  (Currently Not Accepting Applications)

For this internship, it is required that applicants submit a writing sample with their resume and cover letter. 

Assist in fulfilling children’s wishes including travel, celebrity, occupational and gift wishes. Tasks may include: 

  • Making travel arrangements and creating itineraries 
  • Write thank you letters and follow up correspondence upon the completion of a wish 
  • Researching wish ideas and making telephone calls to donors and vendors 
  • Participating in the fulfillment of gift wishes (for example, shopping sprees) and/or wish parties 
  • Plan and participate in wish kid events 
  • Assist with and participate in volunteer activities such as training  
  • Additional projects as assigned or required by the student’s internship program
  • Assist with office duties as needed 

Light Up A Child's Life® (Currently Not Accepting Applications)

Light Up a Child’s Life is our annual holiday campaign held in conjunction with WISH 99.7FM to recognize wish kids, donors and volunteers through live interviews held on the radio and online through a webcast. Internship dates are from October through the beginning of January. 

For this internship, it is required that applicants submit a writing sample with their resume and cover letter. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Schedule donors, volunteers and wish kids for the campaign 
  • Phone contact and follow-up with public, donors and volunteers 
  • Assist with inventory of products sold 

Erie Office Internship

Our Erie office is located at 1001 State Street, Suite 502, Erie, PA 16501.

As an intern for the Make-A-Wish®  regional office in Erie, you are exposed to several facets of a nonprofit organization such as communications, event planning, customer service, nonprofit administration and human resources.

Overview of Internship Position

Responsibilities include:  

  • Assist with wish planning including travel research and bookings, creating travel itineraries and other supporting documents, medical approval forms, etc.
  • Complete calls and follow-up with medical professionals
  • Follow-up with families post-wish, including the composition of wish stories
  • Input and manage constituent information in internal database
  • Solicit discounts/donations from local vendors for special events
  • Assist in the planning of special events, wish kid events, and fundraising events
  • Assist Development Department with department needs when applicable

Required Skills: 

  • Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be comfortable making phone calls on behalf of the organization
  • Strong email communication skills
  • Assist with daily operation management (i.e. mail-outs, shipments, supply restocking, etc.)
  • Reliable mode of transportation
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Represent the Make-A-Wish brand with integrity

Please email resumes and cover letters to Maggie Hoag at [email protected].

Scranton Office Internship

Our Scranton office is located at 327 North Washington Avenue, Suite 501, Scranton, PA 18503.

As an intern for the Make-A-Wish®  regional office in Scranton, you are exposed to several facets of a nonprofit organization such as Outreach and Development. In addition, you will be asked to perform general office duties.  To apply to this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Regional Manager Maggie O'Brien at [email protected]. 

Overview of Internship Position

Outreach (Marketing and Communications) 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Assist in organizing community relations and outreach programs  
  • Identify and attend community events/health fairs/volunteer fairs relevant to Make-A-Wish  
  • Assist with promotional events  

Development (Fundraising and Special Events) 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Assist the regional manager and development team that is responsible for raising funds for children’s wishes 
  • Assist with the Kids for Wish Kids® and Wishmakers on Campus® fundraising programs  
  • Assist in planning and implementing special events such as golf tournaments, motorcycle runs, haunted houses and recognition events.  
  • May include attending event planning meetings  
  • May include assisting at events depending on intern’s availability.  
  • Events are usually during weekends or evenings  
  • Make follow-up telephone calls to donors and volunteers (no telemarketing involved) 
  • Learn information about the children’s wishes while writing wish stories for thank you letters 

General Office Duties 

Responsibilities include:

  • Answering phones/responding to emails  
  • Filing  
  • Updating databases (donor, volunteer, etc.) 

Morgantown Office Internships

Our Morgantown Office is located at 913 Canyon Road, Morgantown, WV  26508 

As an intern for the Make-A-Wish®  regional office in Morgantown, you are exposed to several facets of a nonprofit organization such as Outreach and Development. In addition, you will be asked to perform general office duties. To apply to either of these positions below, please email a resume and cover letter to Jackie Auten at [email protected]

Resumes submitted after the due date will not be considered for that semester. You will be contacted regarding your resume within two weeks of the semester deadline. 

*Please note: These dates are different from those listed in the overview.

  • Spring semester: resumes due by December 15th 
  • Summer semester: resumes due by April 1st 
  • Fall semester: resumes are due by August 1st 

Program Services (Wish Team)  

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting fulfilling children’s wishes including travel, celebrity, occupational and gift wishes.
  • Write thank-you letters and follow up correspondence upon the completion of a wish 
  • Periodically send gifts to children in the hospital 
  • Plan and participate in wish kid events 
  • Assist with and participate in volunteer activities such as training  
  • Assist with office duties as needed 
  • Additional projects as assigned or required by the student’s internship program 
  • Making travel arrangements and creating itineraries 
  • Researching wish ideas and making telephone calls to donors and vendors 
  • Participating in the fulfillment of gift wishes (for example, shopping sprees) and/or wish parties 
  • General office duties (answering phones, filing, updating databases) 

Outreach & Development  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Assist in organizing community relations and outreach programs 
  • Identify and attend community events/health fairs/volunteer fairs relevant to Make-A-Wish 
  • Assist with promotional events 
  • Assist the regional manager and development team that is responsible for raising funds for children’s wishes 
  • Assist with the Kids for Wish Kids® and Wishmakers on Campus® fundraising programs 
  • Assist in planning and implementing special events such as golf tournaments, motorcycle runs, haunted houses and recognition events
  • May include attending event planning meetings 
  • May include assisting at events depending on intern’s availability (Events are usually during weekends or evenings) 
  • Make follow-up telephone calls to donors and volunteers (no telemarketing involved) 
  • Learn information about the children’s wishes while writing wish stories for thank you letters 
  • General office duties (answering phones, filing, updating databases) 

Charleston Office Internship

Our Charleston office is located at 888 Oakwood Road, Oakwood Center Suite 330, Charleston, WV 25314. 

As an intern for the Make-A-Wish®  regional office in Charleston, you are exposed to several facets of a nonprofit organization such as Outreach and Development. In addition, you will be asked to perform general office duties. To apply to this position, please email a resume and cover letter to Jo Beth Smith at [email protected]

Resumes submitted after the due date will not be considered for that semester. You will be contacted regarding your resume within two weeks of the semester deadline. 

*Please note: These dates are different from those listed in the overview.

  • Spring semester: resumes due by December 15th 
  • Summer semester: resumes due by April 15th 
  • Fall semester: resumes are due by August 1st 

Overview of Internship Position

Program Services (Wish Team) 

   Responsibilities include: 

  • Assisting fulfilling children’s wishes including travel, celebrity, occupational and gift wishes. 
  • Write thank you letters and follow up correspondence upon the completion of a wish 
  • Periodically send gifts to children in the hospital 
  • Assist with office duties as needed 
  • Additional projects as assigned or required by the student’s internship program 
  • Making travel arrangements and creating itineraries for wish families 
  • Researching wish ideas and making telephone calls to donors and vendors 
  • Participating in the fulfillment of gift wishes (for example, shopping sprees) and/or wish parties 
  • General office duties (answering phones, filing, updating databases) 

Outreach & Development 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Assist in organizing community relations and outreach programs 
  • Identify community events/health fairs/volunteer fairs relevant to Make-A-Wish 
  • Assist with promotional events 
  • Assist the regional manager and development team that is responsible for raising funds for children’s wishes 
  • Assist with the Kids for Wish Kids® and Wishmakers on Campus® fundraising programs 
  • Assist in planning and implementing special events such as golf tournaments, motorcycle runs, haunted houses and recognition events
  • May include assisting at events depending on intern’s availability (Events are usually during weekends or evenings)
  • Make follow-up telephone calls to donors and volunteers (no telemarketing involved) 
  • Learn information about the children’s wishes while writing wish stories for thank you letters 
  • General office duties (answering phones, filing, updating databases)