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Development Operations Internship

Internship Description

A Development Operations Intern works as a part of the Development Operations team that is responsible for implementing priority fundraising strategies and campaigns that generate operating revenue for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Interns work with the six regional offices to plan and coordinate large scale fundraising efforts, such as the Big Wish Gala silent auctions and Walk for Wishes. Interns will gain an understanding of the various components that go into successful nonprofit fundraising, as well as valuable development experience in data entry and analysis, while working on specialized projects that align with the intern’s interests. Such projects can include: donor prospecting; donor stewardship and outreach; online, peer-to-peer fundraising; event planning; grant writing; and portfolio management and reporting.

What Interns Walk Away With

From this internship, you'll gain:

  • A behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day revenue generating operations of the largest domestic chapter of an international, nonprofit organization
  • Experience using leading customer relationship management (CRM) software (Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge)
  • Experience using advanced Excel functions (VLookUp, Pivot Tables, etc.)
  • Experience using online fundraising platforms (Blackbaud’s Luminate, EventBrite, etc.)
  • Experience in donor prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship/outreach
  • Experience in planning and coordinating internal and external events
  • Experience working in a professional (yet fun!) environment

Primary Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities for this role include:

  • Completing various research projects
  • Writing donor profiles
  • Data entry
  • Organizing data
  • Database management
  • Project management
  • Administrative duties
  • Operations functions
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Skills necessary for this role include:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-starter
  • Preferred experience working with Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to complete projects in a timely manner
  • Ability to thrive in a team-oriented environment
  • Strong organizational, project and time management skills
  • Professional attitude and appearance

How to Apply

  • Location: Columbus, OH
  • Salary: This is an unpaid internship, but college credit may be offered.
  • Hours: Vary based on student’s availability.
  • Application Instructions: To apply for an internship, please submit your resume and completed Internship Interest Form to

Questions about this internship? Please contact Natasha Morrison at or 614-763-6270.

Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
2545 Farmers Drive
Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 923-0555
Toll Free (877) 206-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Northeast Ohio Region
6060 Rockside Woods Blvd
Suite 315
Independence, OH 44131
(216) 241-3670
Toll Free (888) 272-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Central Ohio Region
2545 Farmers Drive
Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 923-0555
Toll Free (877) 206-9474
Make-A-Wish® of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Southern Ohio Region
4500 Cooper Rd
Suite 304
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 745-9474
Toll Free (888) 441-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Kentucky & Southern Indiana Region
1230 Liberty Bank Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 327-0705
Toll Free Kentucky Only (866) 487-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Indiana Region
7330 Woodland Drive
Suite 201
Indianapolis, IN 46278
(317) 636-6060
Toll Free Wish Families Only (877) 872-2756
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Northwest Ohio Region
1745 Indian Wood Circle
Suite 130
Maumee, OH 43537
(419) 244-9474
Toll Free (800) 666-8539