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.