Make-A-Wish® Illinois Wish Volunteer Program Intern - Summer 2019 in Chicago, Illinois

This internship provides candidates insight into how staff and volunteers work together to deliver high impact wish experiences for wish children and their families. Interns will gain first-hand exposure to the various stages of the wish journey and will play a key role in the planning and execution of wish-related volunteer initiatives.

Daily Assignments May Include:

  • Assisting with assigning volunteers to wishes

  • Maintaining volunteer records in Raiser’s Edge

  • Supporting the design and coordination of volunteer leadership programs

  • Drafting volunteer-specific content for newsletters and social media channels

  • Additional duties as assigned

Time Commitment: At least three half-days per week from late May through late August and the ability to attend an orientation on Tuesday, May 28th.


Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, collaborative environment

  • Desire to contribute to the mission of Make-A-Wish

Preferred Qualifications:

Coursework in Non-Profit Management, Business, Event Management, Communication, and/or Hospitality

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to commute to our downtown Chicago office (we are located in the River North neighborhood)

  • Minimum age for all internships is 18

  • Selected candidates will be asked to participate in a criminal background check.

  • Cover letter required

Preferred candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews. No phone calls please.

All internships are unpaid.


An internship at Make-A-Wish Illinois provides a unique opportunity to see how a renowned nonprofit organization runs from the inside. In addition to the learning opportunities outlined in the job description, all interns also:

  • Sit down with the senior leaders of our organization

  • Have the opportunity to participate in our amazing culture

  • Network with our exceptional teammates

  • Create lifelong memories

We want to invite YOU to be a part of the magic that we experience every day at Make-A-Wish and learn why we are consistently ranked as one of The Nonprofit Times' "Top Nonprofits to Work For!"