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Volunteer Internships

About the Program

Interns for Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire give of their time and talents to help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. 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
  • Kids For Wish Kids®
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Medical Outreach
  • Events


  • Program Services (Wish Department)
  • Volunteer Services
  • Development/Fundraising

Before You Apply

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to view our informational webinar to learn more about our program and what can be expected if invited to join our Volunteer Intern team!

What You Should Know Before You Apply: Make-A-Wish Internship Program FAQs (Webinar)

How To Apply

To apply for an internship position, you must submit: 

*The application submission period for Summer 2020 is now CLOSED. Applications for Fall 2020 will open in August. 

Documents must be sent (via e-mail ONLY please) to:
Melanie Rivera, Volunteer Services Coordinator


Please note that the dates below are subject to change. 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 May (with holiday break)
Applications Accepted: Jul. 15 - Aug. 12
Dates of program: January through May
Applications Accepted: Nov. 1 - Nov. 20
Dates of program: May through August
Applications Accepted: Mar. 16 - April 13 (extended to May 1 due to COVID-19)
Dates of program: September through December
Applications Accepted: Jul. 15 - Aug. 12

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