Internships

Intern at Make-A-Wish® Michigan

Professionals-in-training at Make-A-Wish Michigan have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children with critical illnesses every day! We accept student interns throughout the year in a variety of positions in both of our offices. We offer flexible scheduling, a high-energy and rewarding environment and meaningful work that improves a young professional’s skills and resume. 

Due to the nonprofit nature of the organization, all internships are unpaid. To qualify, students must need to complete an internship for course credit.

Internship Cycles

Fall: Late August–Late December (Applications accepted June–July

Spring: Early January–Mid May (Applications accepted September–October

Summer: Mid May–Mid August (Applications accepted February

 

How To Apply

To apply for an internship position, send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line "Department Internship - Last Name, First Name" (Example: Development Internship – Smith, Jill). Or, mail your resume to: 

Make-A-Wish Michigan
7600 Grand River Ave., Suite 175
Brighton, MI 48114 

Marketing & Communications Internships

Communications Internship

Location: Brighton Office 

Supervisor: Communications and Public Relations Manager 

Make-A-Wish Michigan believes wishes are a game-changer in a child's life, promoting the power of a wish through impactful storytelling. The Communications intern will strengthen our mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses by curating a strong brand voice that connects with our current audience while reaching new ones.

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, review the below document.

Communications Internship

 

Graphic Design & Marketing Internship

Location: Brighton Office 

Supervisor: Marketing and Brand Manager 

Make-A-Wish Michigan believes wishes are a game-changer in a child's life, promoting the power of a wish through impactful storytelling. The Graphic Design & Marketing Intern will strengthen our mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses through creative design and wish imagery in our marketing materials.

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, review the below document.

Graphic Design and Marketing Internship

 

Development (Fundraising) Internships

Wish-A-Mile® (WAM) Bicycle Tour Special Events Extended Internship

*This is a January–August Extended Internship Only* 

Location: Grand Rapids Office 

Supervisor: WAM Logistics Manager 

This intern will assist with the planning and logistics of the Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour that will take place at the end of July.

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, review the below document.

Wish-A-Mile (WAM) Bicycle Tour Extended Internship

 

Wish-A-Mile® (WAM) Bicycle Tour Special Events Internship

*This is either a Spring or Summer internship* 

Location: Brighton Office 

Supervisor: WAM Manager, Community & Rider Relations 

This intern will assist with event participants, sponsors and volunteers as well as coordinating event details, documentation and design for the Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour that will take place at the end of July.

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, review the below document.

Wish-A-Mile (WAM) Bicycle Tour Internship

Signature Events Internship

Location: Brighton Office 

Supervisor: WAM Tour Director and Development Officer 

Make-A-Wish® Michigan is set to host three endurance events in 2021: Walk For Wishes® at the Detroit Zoo in May, the Wish-A-Mile® (WAM) Bicycle Tour, statewide, in July and the Trailblaze Challenge (21 mile hike), in northern Michigan in September. Our events team is looking for an intern to assist with working with event participants from help setting up their fundraising page/portal, email communications to riders and team captains, social media posts and engagement, along with some logistics. The week of and leading up to, the day of and the week following the events will be required to attend. 

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, review the below document.

Signature Events Internship

Donor Team Internship

Location: Brighton Office 

Supervisor: Donor Analytics Manager 

This intern will work with the Development Team to gain experience working in prospect research, fundraising strategy and data analysis.

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, review the below document.

Donor Team Internship

Development & Donor Relations Internship

Location: Brighton Office 

Supervisor: Director of Annual Giving 

This intern will work with the Development Team to gain experience working in all areas of fundraising—strategy, events, analytics and communications.

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, review the below document.

Development and Donor Relations Internship

 

Operations Internships

Data & Information Services Internship

Location: Brighton Office 

Supervisor: Data & IS Manager 

This internship will work with the Data & Information Services team to gain experience working in the Information Systems field in a real-world environment.

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, review the below document.

Data and Information Services Internship

 

Volunteer Services Internship

Location: Brighton Office 

Supervisor: Volunteer Manager and/or Volunteer Coordinator

Interns will assist the Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteer Manager with the recruitment of wish granting volunteers by coordinating logistics of trainings and play a role in the continuing education of current volunteers.

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, review the below document.

Volunteer Services Internship
I was able to learn real-life skills that were applicable to my career path. I would highly recommend Make-A-Wish to anyone who wishes to further their tangible skill-set.
Michelle Methven, intern