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Internship Experiences


alexYou know you’ve had a great internship experience when, once its over, you keep coming back as a volunteer. I became an intern with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation in the hopes of gaining professional work experience I could use toward obtaining my first job. What I got was so much more.

During my time as an intern I was able to independently work on projects while learning from the experiences and expertise of the staff. Not only did they want me to work on my own to grow professionally, but they wanted me to succeed and learn as well. Never before have I meant a group of staff members that cared so deeply about their interns, other staff members, and the children with whom they serve.

I truly learned what the statement “Power of a Wish” meant during my internship. These families and children touch your hearts and make you understand what it means to come to work everyday and accomplish something bigger than yourself. As an intern you will learn that a job does exist that allows you to wake up every day and be excited to go in and learn and experience something new and challenging.

-- Alexandra --

Emily E.

Emily E.Being an intern at the Make A Wish Foundation was a very memorable and rewarding experience. I began my internship in November, and for four months I felt as if I was part of a tight knit family. Though I worked with Debbie in event management, there wasn’t anyone in the office who wasn’t willing to help me when I needed it.

Working in event management I spent the majority of my time organizing the external events; making sure all of the necessary paper work was filled out and in the appropriate folder, updating excel spreadsheets, etc. I gained skills and knowledge that will be useful in other endeavors, for example I was taught how to access and retrieve information from The Razor’s Edge. I was also able to learn about and help with the efforts that go into the six internal events that MAW puts on each year. For those events I helped to edit sponsorship letters, retrieved contact information of donors, and finally I learned how to do a mail merge, allowing me to finalize the sponsorship packets to be ready for mailing.

Throughout those four months I gained valuable experience that I can now proudly speak about to future employers. I was able to improve my time management skills, I became comfortable with cold calling, and I have a better overall appreciation of teamwork. All in all, the atmosphere at the MAW office is simply uplifting and fun and I enjoyed working with such a great and impressive team!

--- Emily E., Winter 2013 ---


kelseyMy internship experience at Make-A-Wish® Central New York will forever resonate in my heart. The phrase, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” is beyond the truth at this office. Witnessing what Make-A-Wish® instills in the hearts of the wish kids is the most humbling, eye-opening experience that anyone can ask for in an internship.

The staff at Make-A-Wish Central New York is so dedicated in granting the wishes of all eligible children in the Central New York area. Their efforts are tireless, and you can not ask for better mentors to learn from. Everything you do has a purpose behind it, and it could directly aid in granting a wish for a child. How can you not be motivated to accomplish such a feat?

I encourage all prospective interns to apply for a position within this foundation. You are not only interning for a company, you are interning to accomplish a mission that is so much bigger than yourself. You are igniting hope, strength and joy in the hearts of children that face uncertain tomorrows.

--- Kelsey, Summer 2012 ---


maureenMy internship experience at the Make-A-Wish Foundation was very fulfilling. After each day at the Foundation I felt a sense of accomplishment and purpose. I could not imagine volunteering for a more worthy cause. Where else can you call wish kids' households and have the wish kid say to you, "I'm glad I could make you laugh. I woke up not feeling great this morning. So I wanted to at least make someone else's day better, and hopefully by the end of the day my day will be better too." It is a pleasure to work with this nonprofit organization and I will certainly continue volunteering for this special Foundation.

- Maureen Gilmore, Summer 2012


rachelAs one of the Program interns for Make-A-Wish®, I assisted in many different areas of the wish granting process. In my position, I took many new referrals for wish children, which was directly applicable to the Social Work major I am currently studying for. I corresponded with doctors and other medical professionals to make sure children were eligible for wishes, learned about who the kids are, and discovered how inspiring they are in the circumstances they face. I also worked on documents and Powerpoints for speaking events where we could teach more people about the mission and values of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which allows even more families and children to benefit from this organization.

I had many different tasks, and learned quite a lot from each one of them. Each time;I learn about a wish child and what they wished for, I am affected by the strength displayed by the kids and joy that each family expresses by a wish granted. It has been wonderful to see that I am contributing to the wishes that we grant, even if only in the smallest way!

-- Rachel Ahart, Summer 2012 ---

VictoriaMy internship within the Volunteer Services Department at Make-A-Wish was fantastic. I gained valuable office experience, which is expected by employers these days. Being able to assist the staff in making wishes come true and events run smoothly was educational and helped me to build professionalism. I am proud to have been a part of and represent Make-A-Wish. I now have mentors whom I know will assist me if need be, and will be able to take what I learned and apply it to any job setting!


emilyI became interested in Make-a-Wish because I heard amazing and uplifting stories of what the foundation does for children with life threatening illnesses. But I didn't realize the ripple effect that these wishes have on the family, community, and Make-a-Wish employees until I became an intern. Every event attended, raffle ticket bought, donation made, and car sticker purchased goes toward making a wish come true. Every aspect of the Make-a-Wish Foundation works together and for each other in order to make magic for the children.

I instantly felt welcome in the office. The team is such a wonderful group of women - everyone is friendly and helpful! Some days felt more like a party than work, but I certainly can't complain about that!

Working in the office gave me valuable and transferable experience such as making spreadsheets, answering and transferring phone calls, assembling and distributing mailings, etc. These skills will be useful in almost every future internship or job. While useful, these skills were not all that I gained from the internship. I learned how to connect with others who share the common interest of helping people. This internship helped to remind me of and see how much good there is in the world.

Finally, this internship gave me confidence. I was not given busy work or small-scale tasks; instead, I was trusted with responsibilities that challenged my computer skills and creativity. I was encouraged to think big and work independently. I never would have thought that I could plan an event in two weeks time on a budget of less than eight dollars, or more importantly, be assigned the job of doing so. I have some fantastic experience to add to my resume and even better memories thanks to my internship with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central New York.

-- Emily --

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East Syracuse, NY  13057

Phone : (315) 475-9474
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