Thank you for your interest in our internship program. Make-A-Wish is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19. The health and safety of our wish families, staff, and volunteers remains our highest priority. Therefore, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2021 Spring internship program. At this time, we are unable to offer remote internship opportunities. 
We appreciate your understanding. If you are still interested in interning for our chapter in the future, we encourage you to re-apply for the 2021 Summer term. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected] 
Our internship program offers interns a substantive learning experience that affords them the opportunity to contribute to our work, and to provide the knowledge, skills, and tools they may need to continue in the nonprofit field. 

About the Program 

Interns at Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles give of their time and talents to help bring hope, strength, and joy to children with critical illnesses. Our interns receive valuable training, knowledge, and hands-on experience working in a nonprofit environment. 
All of our internships are unpaid. However, academic credit can be provided for students applying for our internship program (depending on specific criteria/requirements of the student’s educational institution). Our project-based internships provide opportunities to work with highly qualified professionals and strengthen new skills. All hired interns must successfully complete a background check prior to beginning their internship. 


Applicants should be reliable, flexible, and detail oriented as well as self-motivated. They should also possess strong written and communication skills as well as project management skills. 
We will consider your educational goals and experience as part of our interview process. We consider all majors. Our internships may interest students studying in the following fields: 

  • Communications 
  • Sociology 
  • Public Relations 
  • Professional Writing 
  • Journalism 
  • Business Administration 
  • Marketing 
  • Social Work/Public Health 

Types of Internships

Marketing and Communications Intern

Interns will write wish stories, support social and digital media projects, develop recommendations for increasing diversity across chapter communications, and learn more about the strategic communications of a nonprofit. 

Development Intern

Interns will be responsible for assisting with communications and/or fundraising duties, program coordination, event planning, and office and field projects. 

Community Engagement Intern

Interns will work on the application process for prospective volunteers including processing volunteer applications as well as screening volunteers who are interested in different volunteer opportunities. 

Programs Services Intern

Interns will work on performing and assisting with projects to assist in the wish process. Interns may work in the following areas of our chapter: Wish Program and Wish Assists. 


Based on a student’s availability and school schedule, internships can begin or end before or after the dates indicated below: 

    Dates of program: September through December 
    Applications accepted through August 15th. 
    Dates of program: January through May 
    Applications accepted through December 17th. 
    Dates of program: May through August 
    Applications accepted through May 1st. 
Interns generally serve between 9-12 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 the supervisor during the interview stage of the selection process. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

How to Apply

To apply for an internship position, you must submit the following: 

Documents must be sent via email or fax. 
Email: [email protected] 
Fax: 310-272-7773 (ATTN: Community Engagement)