When I began searching for internship opportunities, Make-A-Wish caught my eye. I wanted an experience that would not only give me real-world practical skills but would also make an impact on the world. While the world is an ambitious task, who wouldn’t want to spend their summer making dreams come true for wish kids and their families right here in the Midwest?
As a Strategic Communications major, I was curious to learn how being a marketing intern for a large non-profit such as Make-A-Wish would influence the mission of the organization. To “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy” is quite an intimidating goal to work towards as an intern. I learned that Make-A-Wish is an incredibly grassroots-based organization – with 62 chapters across the country raising money and granting wishes locally. This doesn’t even include the 40+ chapters of international affiliates across the globe!
Make-A-Wish is determined to improve the lives of so many children who are an inspiration to our community. I already learned so much in my short time as an intern and every single person I’ve met from Make-A-Wish is dedicated to providing life-changing experiences for wish kids and their families. It’s at the heart of what they do. And if I could make even a small impact on the mission by merely helping to market fundraising events, then that would be amazing.
Something else I learned this summer was something I hadn’t put much thought into prior to my internship, but Make-A-Wish needs local support to make wishes happen. Contrary to popular belief, they can’t do it on their own, they need us! They need donors, volunteers, medical professionals and community supporters to make every wish come true.
Of course, I am overly satisfied with gaining practical career experiences and real-world skills that will help me in my future. Something I was not expecting to gain out of an internship, though, is the feeling that I am helping make wishes come true and truly having a bigger impact within my community. While I don’t work directly with the wish kids, I play a behind-the-scenes role in other Make-A-Wish aspects. I like the idea that I am having an impact on granting the wishes of kids who have not even chosen their wish yet. It’s a great feeling to know that I played a part in allowing wish kids to dream big and making those dreams a reality.
I’m grateful for my experience with Make-A-Wish this summer and highly recommend any of the internship programs to my fellow college students!
If you are interested in learning more about an internship with Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, please visit our website at http://oki.wish.org/about-us/employment-and-internships/internships