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Internships

If you're in college or a recent graduate and are looking for an internship, Make-A-Wish Colorado can provide a valuable and rewarding experience.

About the Program

Interns for Make-A-Wish® Colorado give of their time and talents to help bring hope, strength, and joy to children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. All of our internships are unpaid; however, in return for their hard work and dedication, our interns receive valuable training, knowledge, hands-on non-profit work experience, a chance to meet others, and the gratification of making a difference in the life of a child. 

Academic credit can also be provided for students (specific criteria/requirements of the student's educational institution apply). Successful candidates are typically students or recent graduates (over the age of 18) with excellent written and oral communication skills, good organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, computer proficiency, and internet research ability. 

Internship Application Calendar

We accept applications year-round, but spots fill up quickly so send your resume and cover letter as soon as possible. We do not have specific deadlines for applications, but below will give you an idea of when to apply based on when you would like to complete your internship. Applications for spring internships are now being accepted. Applications are due by November 15, 2017.

Types of Internships

We offer internships with our Wish Granting, Development & Communications and Kids for Wish Kids departments for each of the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. 

Wish Granting Intern

The Wish Granting Internship will provide the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Wish Granting Director, Wish Coordinators, and Referral/Wish Granter Coordinator to assist with all assets of the wish experience.

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist with the planning and coordinating of wishes
    • Arrange travel accommodations (transportation, hotels, etc.)
    • Coordinate with outside vendors/companies for wish assistance
    • Prepare wish itineraries
    • Research unique wishes
  • Contacting families, volunteers and medical staff as needed
  • Faxing and mailing documentation
  • Data entry
  • Assist with wish referral process

Development Intern

The Development Internship will provide the opportunity to work collaboratively with Development and Communications staff in the Development department of the Make-A-Wish Colorado office. The intern will participate in a variety of hands-on activities including writing, researching, event planning support and database entry.

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist with event and auction coordination activities

  • Produce donor acknowledgements and other stewardship pieces

  • Assist with high donor mailings including printing, assembling and mailing packages

  • Conduct research and outreach related to major projects, campaigns or fundraising events

  • Write stories for website, donor acknowledgements and other marketing materials

  • Database entry and other database projects using The Raiser’s Edge platform

  • Grant writing, research and data entry

  • Other various department support as needed

  • Passion for learning more about the nonprofit sector and the Make-A-Wish mission

Communications Intern

The Communications Internship will provide the opportunity to work collaboratively with Communications and Development staff in the Communications department of Make-A-Wish Colorado. The intern will participate in a variety of activities including the coordination, implementation and measurement of strategic marketing programs and projects as well as writing, researching and event planning support. This internship offers hands-on internal and external communications experience.


Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Draft news releases, articles, blog posts and other communications materials

  • Develop daily, weekly and monthly internal communications materials

  • Proofread, fact-check and edit communications materials

  • Conduct research related to major projects, campaigns or events

  • Assist with social media efforts

  • Post to the Foundation’s blog, Wishful Thinking

  • Research recently-granted wishes for projects and stories

  • Help identify, plan, and implement new communication strategies, platforms and tactics

  • Build and maintain targeted media contact databases

  • Perform print, broadcast and online media monitoring and measurement

  • Support other key initiatives of the department as assigned 

Interns generally work between 15-40 hours per week. While these time frames work best for most students, all scheduling, including start/end dates and hours per week, is flexible and negotiated between the candidate and his or her office during the interview stage of the selection process. To apply for an internship position, you must submit a resume and cover letter. 

All hired interns must successfully complete a background check and attend an orientation session prior to beginning their internship.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Make-A-Wish Colorado intern and helping make wishes come true!

Should you have any questions during the application process, please email Donovan Cordova.

Internship Contact

Submit Your Resume and Cover Letter to:

Donovan Cordova
Volunteer Manager
Make-A-Wish Colorado
7951 E. Maplewood Ave., Suite 126
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
303.750.9474

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Make-A-Wish® Colorado
7951 E. Maplewood Avenue
Suite 126
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
(303) 750-9474
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