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Bilingual Wish Coordinator

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About the Program 

Interns for Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire give of their time and talents to help create life-changing wishes for children with 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. 

COVID-19 Update: At this time, our offices are closed and our staff is working remotely until further notice. Currently, all 2021 Spring and Academic Year internships are planned to be in virtual format until we have a plan to safely return to our Irvine and Riverside offices together. We will keep interested candidates up-to-date on the latest information in regards to our return. As this is the case, with hopes to return in the spring, we will be unable to accept applicants from outside of our territory at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Types of Internships 

Our interns assist in various areas of Make-A-Wish alongside staff and other volunteers. Internship opportunities MAY be available in the following departments: 

ORANGE COUNTY OFFICE 

  • Program Services (Wish Department) 
  • Volunteer Services 
  • Kids For Wish Kids® 
  • Public Relations/Marketing 
  • Development/Fundraising 
  • Medical Outreach 
  • Events 

RIVERSIDE OFFICE 

  • Program Services (Wish Department) 
  • Volunteer Services 
  • Development/Fundraising 

Before You Apply

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to view our informational webinar to learn more about our program and what can be expected if invited to join our Volunteer Intern team! 

What You Should Know Before You Apply: Make-A-Wish Internship Program FAQs (Webinar) 

How To Apply

To apply for an internship position, you must submit:  

*The application submission period for Spring 2021 is now OPEN through December 2. Applications for Summer 2021 internships will open in mid-Spring.  

Documents must be sent (via e-mail ONLY please) to: 
Melanie Rivera, Volunteer Services Coordinator 
E-mail: [email protected] 

Timeline

Please note that the dates below are subject to change. Based on a student's availability and school schedule, internships can begin or end before or after the dates indicated below. 

ACADEMIC YEAR 
Dates of program: September through May (with holiday break) 
Applications Accepted: Jul. 20 - Aug. 18 
Spring 
Dates of program: January through May 
Applications Accepted: Nov. 8 - Dec. 2 
Summer 
Dates of program: May through August (VIRTUAL due to COVID-19) 
Applications Accepted: Mar. 16 - May 1  
Fall 
Dates of program: September through December (VIRTUAL) 
Applications Accepted: Jul. 20 - Aug. 18 

Interns generally work between 8-10 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. 

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

Should you have any questions during the application process, please email [email protected].  

COVID-19 Update: At this time, our offices are closed and our staff is working remotely until further notice. Currently, all 2021 Spring and Academic Year internships are planned to be in virtual format until we have a plan to safely return to our Irvine and Riverside offices together. We will keep interested candidates up-to-date on the latest information in regards to our return. As this is the case, with hopes to return in the spring, we will be unable to accept applicants from outside of our territory at this time. Thank you for your understanding.