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Volunteer Internships

About the Program

Interns for the Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire 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.

Types of Internships

Our interns assist in various areas of Make-A-Wish alongside staff and other volunteers. Internship opportunities MAY be available in the following departments:


  • Program Services (Wish Department)
  • Volunteer Services/Recruitment
  • Kids For Wish Kids® Program
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Office Administration
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • Graphic Design
  • Website Design/Programming


  • Program Services (Wish Department)
  • Volunteer Services/Recruitment
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Office Administration

How To Apply

To apply for an internship position, you must submit: 

The application period for Summer 2017 is now closed.
Applications for the Fall 2017 session will be accepted July 25 - August 15, 2017.

Documents must be sent (via e-mail ONLY please) to:

Marissa Euperio, Volunteer Services Manager


Please note that the dates below are approximate. Based on a student's availability and school schedule, internships can begin or end before or after the dates indicated below.

Dates of program: September through December
Applications Accepted: Jul. 25 - Aug. 15
Dates of program: January through May
Applications Accepted: Nov. 1 - Nov. 20
Dates of program: May through August
Applications Accepted: Mar. 15 - Apr. 15

Interns generally work between 8-20 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.

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

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

Make-A-Wish® Orange County & the Inland Empire
3230 El Camino Real
Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92602-1389
(714) 573-9474

Make-A-Wish® Orange County & the Inland Empire, Riverside Office
1650 Spruce
Suite 100
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 321-0179