Development / Special Events Intern (Former Employee) – Orlando, FL – February 8, 2014
Let me start off by saying that I love everything that the Make-A-Wish Foundation does for children with life-threatening diseases.
As an intern, I was near invisible when working with the staff. Even on my first day, no one even really acknowledged my presence. This is a relatively small office, of maybe 20 FEMALES, so as an African American female, I KNOW I was seen.
What I expected from this position was to be engulfed in the world of nonprofit, shadow some of the higher ups, and receive critical advice from maybe the CEO. All day, I just filed, called jobs, and sat at a secluded desk in a completely separate building. I consistently expressed my enthusiasm for the Non Profit realm, but no one took me seriously.
It may have just been this office. It's sad to say that if I was offered a permanent position with MAW at this branch, my answer would be an astounding NO!
Volunteer Services Intern (Current Employee) – Riverside, CA – April 19, 2017
A typical work day at Make-A-Wish is to routinely communicate with volunteers while being surrounded by uplifting coworkers. Also knowing no matter how small a task that it all leads to the big picture!
Intern (Former Employee) – Trumbull, CT – April 17, 2017
Make-A-Wish is a great organization but I don't recommend interning there. You will be doing tasks such as stuffing envelopes and making simple, repetitive changes to massive spreadsheets. Very mind numbing work. All internships at Make-A-Wish are nonpaid.
Great organization, nice staff, low pressure
Non paid, remidial tasks, few oppertunities to learn
Was a wonderful atmosphere and everyone there was willing to put in the effort to help. Working with all the volunteers helped me learn how to manage a large amount of individuals while learning Raiser's Edge.
District Manager (Former Employee) – Lubbock, TX – February 24, 2016
The work was extremely rewarding, working with children and families to help make wishes come true. But at the same time, it was very difficult dealing with the sadness and loss of children who did not survive their illnesses.
This job taught me that families are broken apart because of the traumas involved with sick kids. Oftentimes, the siblings were neglected while the sick child took precedence. Make-A-Wish brought everyone back together because all immediate family members were included in the wish process.
I did not have fellow co-workers in our location, but working with volunteers was fun and exciting.
Rewarding, fun, challenging
Had to be able to respond 24/7 in the event of an emergency
I enjoyed seeing the smiles on the children's faces when I was granting their wish!
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Peoria, IL – January 10, 2016
I got to meet some very nice children and their families. I learned that no matter how bad you think you have it, someone out there has it worse! Management was awesome! My son was my co-worker. The hardest part of the job was having to see all those disabled children. The most enjoyable part was when I took them where ever they wanted to go.
Created fun and inviting Fundraisers for an awesome cause!
Volunteer (Current Employee) – Kalamazoo, MI – April 14, 2014
As a sorority, we coordinated a Philanthropy team to create different fundraisers in order to reach our ultimate goal of raising $5,000 to grant a full wish which we always managed to reach. This includes sending children to Disneyland or other childhood dream vacation spots for those who are terminally ill. This is a very rewarding and touching experience and is also close to me personally being that my cousin was connected with Make-A-Wish when she was ill.
Great experience working with children with life-threatening diseases
Intern (Former Employee) – Blue Bell, PA – December 30, 2013
A typical day at my internship at the Make-A-Wish Foundation included the following: making itineraries for wish children, making phone calls to families, creating backpacks for children who are traveling on their trips, writing letters, sending thank you cards, helping the wish coordinators and all others within the office. I learned so much from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I learned leadership, cooperation, creativeness, and courage. I learned a lot about empathy and how much it takes to keep this organization running. I also learned that this chapter alone grants about 3,000+ wishes a year.
Working with people of all ages doing different activities everyday
Great place to work with fantastic support from all of the co-workers. Very team oriented atmosphere
Medical Outreach Intern, Volunteer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – August 12, 2013
Enjoyable place to work. Everyone seems to be on the same page and working towards the same goal, which is most important. The co-workers are extremely friendly and definitely grow to be part of a family.
Intern (summer) (Current Employee) – El Paso, TX – August 4, 2013
Working here is wonderful and very rewarding. Not many people have the opportunity of granting somebody's wish and this was my job every single day. Granted the opportunity to learn about non profit company standards. Overall very educational and good work experience.
Wonderful Charity - bad management and ill-will in the community from prior mis-management
Regional Director (Former Employee) – FL – February 8, 2013
My days consisted of organizing volunteers, record keeping and fund-raising. Dealing with local businesses was the highlight of my job, besides the obvious joy in making a difference in the lives of terminally ill children.
Management in Central Florida suffered from prior employee dishonesty and the credibility in the communities was difficult. The hardest part of the job was convincing donors that all the problems had been solved prior to my coming aboard.
I ran a 2 person office and my employee was a treasure.
The hardest part of the job was being replaced with a wealthy donor's wife who had no fundraising experience. Due to financial constraints (economic downturn) the decision was made to staff the office with volunteers.
seeing terminally ill children get their fondest wished fulfilled
turning around the community perception of the organization