Our internship opportunities range from wish granting and program-related activities to event support and communications/community relations.
Thank you for your interest in Make-A-Wish®
Connecticut and our internship programs. Our internship opportunities range from Office Administration, Program/Wish Granting, Development, Communications, and beyond.
Internships are for currently enrolled college students only and are offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Our office is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-5pm and Friday, 8:30am-2:30pm. Fall/Spring interns are expected work a minimum of 10 hours per week and Summer interns are expected to work 10-20 hours per week. Please apply only if you are able to meet these time requirements. All internships are unpaid. Please see our Intern Application for more details.
How to apply:
If you are interested in applying for one of our internship opportunities, please submit your resume along with a completed Intern Application to:
Attn: Stefanie Richardson
126 Monroe Turnpike
Trumbull, CT 06611
Fax: (888) 291-8222
The following internship opportunities available in our office:
– assist with office operations and administrative duties. His/her area of study will be Business Administration and/or Accounting. Candidate should have strong organizational skills, be detail oriented, work well with numbers, and be proficient in Excel. Candidate will perform simple everyday tasks as well as more in depth projects and studies which will include data entry and file clean up.
Communications/Community Relations – assist with all communications and community relations activities, including but not limited to: event press release drafting and distribution, follow-up with wish families on experiences, writing of wish stories for website presence and donor recognition, assisting with outreach (program/medical and fundraising) activities i.e. festivals, external events, etc., assist with wish family engagement and key stakeholder engagement activities throughout the year, and other miscellaneous administrative tasks as assigned.
Medical Outreach – work with the medical outreach manager in the implementation of the chapter’s Medical Outreach Plan. Tasks include both strategic thought and administrative processes involving internet research, data entry and database development, file organization, reporting, formatting data, and phone calls to medical staff as needed to identify missing paperwork. Additional duties and assistance with outreach events may also be assigned.
Graphic Design – the successful candidate for the Graphic Design Internship will possess a working knowledge of graphic design software – Photoshop and/or InDesign – and have access to these programs. Graphic design tasks exist in all aspects of the Make-A-Wish Connecticut office, from program and wish-related projects, to event promotion and recognition, to web, ecommunication and social media material. Roles and responsibilities will include but not be limited to: creation of new templates for Wish Itineraries, creation of new templates for forms and letters for Wish family communication, design of eNewsletter templates, website graphics, and event and Wish photo editing.
Development, External Events/Corporate Partnerships Donor Relationships – focus on fund-raising, with possible experience in event planning, in-kind and auction solicitation, social media, donor solicitation, data management, individual and corporate donations. Basic tasks include, but are not limited to: assisting the Development team with all projects, events and activities as required; assisting with External Event projects, such as mailings, tracking attendees and sending out promotional materials; assisting with Kids for Wish Kids, Wishmakers on Campus, Wishmakers at Work programs and National Partnerships; assisting with updating internal database and manage confidential and personal information with high degree of efficiency; researching and reaching out for in-kind donations and vendor participation/donations; researching potential corporate, individual, foundation and major-gift contributors; assisting with miscellaneous special projects.
Special Events – the Special Events Intern is responsible for assisting with the administration of Make-A-Wish internal fundraising events. The ideal intern must have strong people, organizational, written and oral communications skills. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge also helpful. Attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast paced, collaborative environment are critical, as is the desire to contribute to the mission of Make-A-Wish. Events include the Celebrating Wishes Ball in November, the Evening of Wishes Gala in April and the Walk for Wishes in May. Key responsibilities include logistical support for all three events, auction support, website updates, mailings, coordinating volunteers, donor recognition, event sponsorship support, and performing other additional duties as assigned.
Program Services – work with Program Director and Wish Managers on all aspects of the wish granting process. Daily tasks would include contacting families, volunteers and medical staff as needed, faxing and mailing documentation, data entry, creating itineraries and any additional wish-related projects as assigned. The ideal intern should be an energetic individual with good communication skills and strong attention to detail. This is a fast-paced environment where the ability multi-task is essential. Knowledge of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher; Raiser’s Edge is a plus.
Volunteer Services – work directly with the volunteer services staff. Make-A-Wish Connecticut has more than 400 volunteers throughout the state of Connecticut in many diverse assignments. Maintain volunteer records and files. Manage volunteer newsletter. Contact volunteers to staff Make-A-Wish events and other volunteer activities. Assist staff with volunteer research projects and maintaining volunteer applications and files. Other duties include contacting volunteers to staff events, monitoring volunteer compliance, contacting potential volunteers, assisting with volunteer recruitment and recognition efforts.