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Internships

Internship Opportunities

Professionals-in-training at Make-A-Wish have the opportunity to make a difference every day! We utilize student interns throughout the year in a variety of positions in both of our offices. All positions are located in Greenville, SC and we offer flexible scheduling, a high-energy and rewarding environment, and meaningful work that makes a difference!

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Typical Dates of Internships
Summer 2019: May 27-Aug 16, 2019
Fall 2019: Aug 26. 2019-Dec 13, 2019
Spring 2020: Jan 6, 2020-May 15, 2020
Summer 2020: May 25, 2020-Aug 14, 2020

Compensation/Credit - Internships are unpaid internships. Make-A-Wish South Carolina encourages interns to work with their school's Internship Office to seek course credit for internships. 

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. Hours/daily schedule will be determined on a case-by-case basis and agreed on upon acceptance of an internship.  However, intern must be able to commit to at least 2 days a week and a minimum of 5 hours each day.

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Mission Delivery Intern

Description:  The Mission Delivery Intern is responsible for assisting the program staff in the facilitation of wish granting duties. Exposure to intake and medical eligibility, initial assessments, wish planning and evaluation, working with volunteers, and gaining experience in nonprofit best practices are some of the opportunity areas. 

One internship is available per semester. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on their cover letter and resume. The ideal intern will be a junior or senior working toward a Bachelor’s degree or higher. S/he should also have a minimum of 1 year of professional work experience. Knowledge of and experience with the Make-A-Wish® mission and service population is preferred.


Communications Intern 

Description: The 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. Primary duties include: social media management, signature event marketing and writing wish stories. 

One internship is available per semester. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on their cover letter and resume. The ideal intern will be a junior or senior working toward a Bachelor’s degree or higher in communications or marketing, event planning, and/or English. Professional work experience is helpful.

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Creative Services Intern

Description: We are looking for a proactive, creative, and enthusiastic Creative Services Intern to join our team. The intern would be a graphic design student or recent graduate and will work under the supervision of the Director of Communications providing design support that includes but is not limited to: infographics, brochures, booklets, info-sheets, report layouts, awards as well as the creation and loading of content to the organization's various websites. 

One internship is available per semester. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on their resume and portfolio. All applicants MUST send a link to a portfolio or website with samples of work. The ideal intern will be a junior or senior working towards an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design or a related field or be a recent graduate.

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Mission Advancement Intern

Description: As the Mission Advancement intern, you'll help advance the mission of Make-A-Wish South Caroling through assisting with special events & fundraising programs. The intern will aid the mission advancement team (also known as “development”) with projects that include the cultivation of events from auction prospecting to event logistics. Your help will also be integral to helping create thank-you packets for donors, build campaign assets for corporate partners and help plan wish kid-related activities.

One internship is available per semester. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on their cover letter and resume. The ideal intern will be a junior or senior working toward a bachelor’s degree or higher. A minimum of 1 year of professional work experience is helpful. Knowledge of and experience with the Make-A-Wish® mission and service population is preferred.

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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:

Intern Danielle with wish kid Jackson"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:

Intern CarrylI 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.
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