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About Make-A-Wish® America

Make-A-Wish® America internships are coveted, both because of the inspiring mission and because interns get real-world experience alongside talented professionals.

We offer 15 paid internships for each of the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. All internships are based in the Make-A-Wish global headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona and are compensated on an hourly basis.

National office interns work alongside talented staff in the Phoenix headquarters of one of the country's most recognized and well-respected charities, gaining real world experience in the fields of their interest. Intern opportunities vary by semester and may include, but are not limited to, the following disciplines:

Chapter Support
Corporate Sponsorships
Donor Relations
Information Technology (IT)
Market Research
Community Relations
Creative Writing/Content Development
Events & Campaigns
Human Resources (HR)
Learning Technology
PR/Corporate Communications/Crisis Management
Social Media/Digital Marketing

The internship program is designed for current undergraduate or graduate students with the goal of being a leader in the non-profit sector.

The purpose of the internship program is to help undergraduate and/or graduate students further cultivate their skills through a real-life work experience. Recent college graduates are eligible only for the session immediately following graduation.

Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing.

Intern Benefits:
Part of the Wish Experience
Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has been enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a
worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world. That’s a wish every 38 minutes! Join the National Office, its 62 chapters, donors, fundraisers, medical physicians, and a network of 25,000 volunteers nationwide in our vision of making every eligible child’s wish come true.

Real Passion, Real Work
Granting 13,000+ wishes a year nationwide is a holistic process. It is in this process where you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience it takes to make this organization one of the most well-known nonprofit brands in the world and voted one of the 2012’s Best Nonprofits to Work For by Nonprofit Times.

Growing Our People
Remaining the world’s largest wish-granting organization means growing our people. Make-A-Wish® University is the place to meet, learn and grow leaders. Whether it’s learning more about your specific job function or gaining the soft skills that create a strong foundation for success, Make-A-Wish® University is your strategic learning partner. The path to success begins with U.

It’s a fact that a significant amount of learning and experience is gained through networking and informal knowledge-sharing. At Make-A-Wish, you will have the unique opportunity to learn, visit and chat with leaders from across the organization. Take a stroll and talk with our CEO or go out for lunch with your network of 15 intern cohorts, the opportunity to gain insight and learn from peers is never ending.


• Commitment to our mission
• Excellent communication skills(written and verbal)
• Sense of humor
• Self-motivation and energetic personality
• Team-oriented quality
• Flexibility to work in a dynamic environment
• Ability to work well alone or in a team
• The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with information that will be obtained in the daily interactions
• Proficiency in MS Suite, and internet research tools
• Some volunteer experience preferred, although not required

Make-A-Wish® America

Alex Adame, Human Resources Department
Make-A-Wish® America
4742 North 24th Street, Suite 400
Phoenix, AR 85016
Phone: 602-279-9474


Number of Interns: 21 to 50
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Paid
Duration: 3 to 6 months
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students, Business School Students, Law School Students


Phoenix, AZ