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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, 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 2018 Fall Intern: Sep 10- Dec 14, 2018

Applications Open July 20-August 21

Greenville, SC

 

Description: The 2018 fall intern for communications will oversee a three-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 Management - The intern 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. The intern will also handle copywriting of social media language and work with influencers and business partners regarding campaign schedules and promotion. This project requires a high attention to detail, proofreading and the ability to source materials from multiple locations.
  • Signature Event Marketing -The intern will assist the director of communications 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.
  • 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.
Other projects & assignments given on an as-needed basis. Description is not all-inclusive.

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 extremely helpful
• HTML experience helpful
• Have a passion for helping others and belief in the mission of Make-A-Wish.


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Special Events & Programs 2018 Fall Intern

: Sep 10- Dec 14, 2018

  


Applications Open July 20-August 21

Greenville, SC

 

  


Description: The Development staff is responsible for initiating, cultivating, executing and stewarding long-term philanthropic individuals and partners to raise visibility of, interest in and funds for the mission of Make-A-Wish South Carolina. The Special Events & Programs Intern is responsible for assisting the development staff with the administration of Make-A-Wish South Carolina with development needs as well internal & external events and programs. 

Duties Include: 
• Working with development staff on all internal/external events
• Assisting development staff with auction solicitations
• Creating auction donor and sponsorship prospect list
• Working with development staff on all event logistics
• Managing auction website
• Processing and sending fundraising agreements
• Writing and sending thank you notes
• Assist with daily mail opening/log
• Managing event inventory


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For Internships:

Skills/Experience/Education:
The ideal intern must have strong people, organizational, written and oral communications skills as you will be a key point-of-contact with the public. Must be proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel. Attention to detail and organizational skills are crucial. You must be open to collaboration as well as a self-starter. Above all, we value the ability and willingness to hustle to do things well and do things right. Majoring in communications, event planning, marketing will be helpful in this position. 

Compensation/Credit

Internships are unpaid internships. 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.  



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.

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.
Make-A-Wish® South Carolina
225 South Pleasantburg Drive
C17
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 250-0702
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