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Southern Florida Make A Wish Internship Opportunities

For Students Interested in Nonprofit Management & in Helping Others


About Make A Wish:

Until today The Plantation Junior Woman’s Club remains a strong and dedicated supporter of the Make-A-Wish mission. All it took that first year was one dinner dance and $13,000 and the popular and well-known organization “Make-A-Wish®” was started. The Plantation Junior Woman’s Club (PJWC) embarked on a service project in 1982 which they ended up calling “Make-A-Wish®.”


“We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

Although it has become one of the world's most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.

A network of nearly 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.

As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast. Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.

Make a Wish Southern Florida

The Southern Florida Chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation celebrates 28 years of granting wishes to local children and the number of recipients has grown from granting wishes to 2 children the first year, to 537 in 2011. The Southern Florida chapter currently serves the children of Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties, plus children of the US Virgin Islands.

The Foundation grants the wish of any child who is between the ages of 2 ½ -18 and diagnosed by a physician as having a life-threatening medical condition. To be eligible for the program, children may be referred by the child’s physician, parents or legal guardians, social worker or other healthcare professional or even themselves.

As Make A Wish interns, students will learn about non-profit management as well as getting on-the-job-training working directly with children with life-threatening illnesses.


Major & Planned Giving Internship

This internship will expose students to the world of fundraising and the importance of donor relations. Students will be part of the organization’s fundraising efforts and they will learn how donors and prospective donors are stewarded. Students will work directly under the Director and will be involved in learning research techniques, the importance of tracking donor activity, integrating information in a database system as well as the most effective way of acknowledging donors and or prospects.

Due to the high level of sensitivity and communication skills required to succeed in the field of fundraising, this internship would be a good fit for a third or fourth year college student who is a creative self-starter and who is willing to take on projects on their own to accomplish the organization’s goals.

Branding & Communications Internship

This is the perfect internship for students interested in public relations, researching and story writing, blogging, and working with social media. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wordpress) experience is preferred. This internship is perfect for students majoring in Advertising, Public Relations, Communications, Graphic Design or a related field but all majors are welcome to apply.

Special Events Internship

As a Special Events Intern you will help support the Foundation’s major special events that take place each year. As an intern you will be involved in assisting with the marketing of events, facilitating the donation of high-end auction items and designing and implementing the visual aspects of silent auction displays. In addition, the Special Events Intern will provide general assistance and office support to the Development Team, while interacting with the donors and vendors relating to the events. Students pursuing a degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Business or related fields would be excellent candidates for the position but all majors are welcome to apply.

Program Services Internship

This internship seeks compassionate individuals who possess great sensitivity in meeting the needs of children who are eligible to participate in the program. The personal rewards of being able to plan and follow-up on the wishes of participating children are enormous. As a Program Services intern you will be responsible for maintaining communications with wish families and communicating with medical professionals assisting with the care of these children. You will also assist in making referral calls, completing file close-outs, and updating the wish database. Students pursuing a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child Life or related fields are perfect candidates to apply for this internship but all majors are welcome to apply. Bilingual students in Spanish and Creole are especially needed for the program.

Volunteer Relations Internship

As a Volunteer Relations intern you will assist the Volunteer Coordinator in all aspects of procuring and maintaining active volunteers. Students will be involved in the recruitment and training of all volunteers as well as managing all of the volunteer files. They will also process volunteer applications and will communicate with volunteers and prospective volunteers over the phone. Students interested in Human Resources, Public Administration, or other related fields are ideal candidates but all majors are welcome to apply.

Story Writer Internship

As a Story Writer intern you will have the chance to work directly with the Donor Relations team making sure that all donors and wish sponsors are acknowledged and thanked for their generous contributions. Students who enjoy writing are excellent candidates for this position. As a Story Writer intern you will get the chance to write a story about a child’s wish while demonstrating the large impact that a donor or sponsor’s individual support has made on a child. Students majoring in English, Journalism, or related communications field are all excellent candidates for this position.

All Make A Wish internships are unpaid.


All college students and new graduates interested in nonprofit management, community service, and a real desire to help children are encouraged to apply. All interns are expected to work between 8 to 20 hours per week for a 8 to 16 week period. Interns can elect to receive credit for their internship with the approval of their college or university.


  • Strong communications skills (oral and written)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A high level of maturity and ability to handle responsibility


Internships are available in the Ft. Lauderdale and Bonita Springs offices.


Internships with Make A Wish in Southern Florida are available Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

To Apply:

Internship applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply for an internship, potential candidates should send a resume and cover letter to:
Melanie Holley, Volunteer Coordinator
Fax: 954-967-2468
No phone calls please

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