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Open Internships

The work of wish granting, and supporting wish granting, is not always easy. Nothing important ever is. It is, however, noble, fulfilling and life-changing work. At Make-A-Wish America, student interns and recent graduates contribute to exciting, challenging, and purposeful work. We treat every employee with dignity and respect, regardless of experience or role. Each team member focuses on helping Make-A-Wish move ever closer to its vision of granting the wish of every eligible child.

Communications 2017 Fall Intern: August 30 – December 8, 2017
Communications 2018 Spring Intern: Jan 22 – May 18, 2018

Project Description

The 2017 Fall intern & 2018 Spring intern for communications/development will oversee a four-point project. With this project the intern will gain experience and knowledge in nonprofit best practices involving donor development, working with constituents and marketing plus creative services. 

  • Social Media and Multimedia Management

The intern, under the direction of management, will serve as the point-person for managing the chapter’s social media content calendar which includes content creation, daily scheduling and improvisation for all platforms. This project requires a high attention to detail, proofreading and the ability to source materials from multiple locations. The intern will also handle the coordination of all incoming media from volunteers and wish families and oversee the multimedia database.

Experience Benefits: This project affords the intern educational opportunities regarding engaging constituents online, social media best practices, targeting audiences, key components of our organization’s fundraising efforts, and sharing our mission.

  • Signature Event Marketing

The intern will assist the communications manager in promoting the chapter’s signature events: The Wish Ball, Trailblaze Challenge, Running Wild For Wishes and others. The intern will post on social media regarding the events, assist in creating media advisories, communicating directly to media, undertaking grassroots promotion efforts and aid in creation of collateral materials.

Experience Benefits: This project affords the intern educational opportunities regarding different marketing techniques for varied style of events, peer-to-peer fundraising best practices and marketing/communications media relations.

  • Wish Stories & Creative Services

The intern will be responsible for writing wish stories – engaging and creative tales of a wish kid’s journey and wish experience. The intern will also assist the communications/development staff in the creation of print & digital collateral requiring creative services such as website setup, sponsorship packets and flyers. The project requires the ability to edit and create via Adobe Photoshop as well as implement creative writing skills, take creative direction & critique and having an eye for design. Wish stories & collateral are key components in sharing our mission with supporters.

Experience Benefits: This project affords the intern educational opportunities regarding emphasizing brand standards, strengthening creative writing skills and editing copy to suite different platform usages (i.e. print, electronic, traditional media.)

  • Community Fundraisers

The intern will assist the communications/development staff in supporting community fundraisers by coordinating distribution of goods, creation of flyers and support materials and relaying information to the supporter as needed. The project requires the ability to edit and create via Adobe Photoshop as well as having an eye for design and utilizing creative problem solving skills.

Experience Benefits: This project affords the intern educational opportunities regarding donor stewardship, event management, and donor development.

Other projects & assignments given on an as-needed basis. Description is not all-inclusive.


This is an unpaid internship. Make-A-Wish South Carolina will gladly work with intern to complete forms for colleges and universities to qualify for academic credit. The intern is responsible for pursuing all avenues of securing academic credit.

Length of Internships

Internships typically last 10 to 16 weeks as mutually agreed upon by the intern and Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Typical internships are 20 hours per week and will not exceed 40 hours per week but hours/daily schedule will be determined on a case-by-case basis with the internship participant.  

Ideally, the Fall internship will take place August 21 – December 8, 2017

Ideally, the Spring internship will take place January 22 - May 18, 2018

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to professionally communicate, both orally and in writing
  • Neat penmanship
  • Passion for creative writing and problem solving
  • Ability to handle constructive feedback and take creative direction
  • Be able to balance multiple projects in a deadline driven environment
  • Be a self-starter who seeks and finds ways to help
  • Photoshop and/or InDesign experience is helpful
  • HTML experience helpful
  • Have a passion for helping others and belief in the mission of Make-A-Wish.

To apply for an internship, please complete the online application HERE. If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Internship Experiences

Make-A-Wish®South Carolina offers students an excellent way to gain real world experience. Find out what it takes from our former interns.

Carryl's Internship Experience:

I spent the summer working as the communications intern at Make-A-Wish® South Carolina. As I sat in a staff meeting one Wednesday afternoon, I began to understand what really goes on behind the scenes. I heard facts: how many children receive their one true wish, I heard project planning: event coordination and I heard goals: social media outreach planning. It was then that I realized where my deep love for the nonprofit world comes from.

It can be hectic. It is sometimes messy. It is often overwhelming. But, each person is united on one thing: the mission to “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” No matter how many extra hours they work or how many after-hours calls they take from wish families, donors or volunteers, they are passionate about granting wishes for these children whose lives are hectic, sometimes messy, and yes, overwhelming. 

If you were to ask me if you should be a Wish Intern, a smile would fill my face as I remember the joy and fulfillment each day at Make-A-Wish brought. My answer would, of course, be yes. It would be yes because you will learn what nonprofit life is like, which is helpful if you are like me and want to spend your future in the nonprofit sector. It would be yes because you will work alongside and learn from some of the most dedicated people I know. It would be yes because each parent you talk to, story you write, and picture you post will leave an imprint on your heart that will change you for the better.

Rebekah's Internship Experience:

My internship at Make-A-Wish® was an exciting, uplifting and educational experience.  The dedication of the staff, interns, volunteers, and donors to making the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses come true is incredible.  This internship was not only beneficial in the educational sense, but it was also rewarding because it allowed me to help make a child’s most heartfelt wish come true.

As an intern working with the Programs department, I was able to assist in all aspects of the wish-granting process.  I helped with the beginning stages of the wish such as taking referrals, communicating with doctors, planning wish interview parties, interviewing potential wish kids and families and participating in the other processes necessary to create an amazing wish experience. I also contributed to the wish process by creating travel itineraries, coordinating wish details with volunteers, planning departure parties, creating magical room makeovers, and granting wishes.  

Make-A-Wish® South Carolina
225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 250-0702
Toll Free (800) 293-9474