Danielle's Internship Experience:
"I think most people are under the impression that internships are grueling and that the only thing that makes it all worth it is the experience. To anyone interested in the Communications internship, I have to tell you that working here is nothing like that. I have never before worked in a place that encouraged my creativity and input as much as Make-A-Wish South Carolina did. Here, I felt supported and part of a team.
Being the Communications intern showed me just how important it is to reach out and engage with the community. In achieving our mission to grant wishes to children with critical illnesses, every person makes a difference, and every message you craft is important.
I would say the best aspects of this internship included writing wish stories or promoting our partnerships or any number of other things, but I think what was most special about this job was that it never felt like a job. Working to grant as many wishes as we can for children with critical illnesses is meaningful, and when you consider who all of your work is for, it really is worth it. This internship is beyond a resume booster or some extra experience, it matters. The kids matter. The work you do matters."
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.