Do you ever have things happen on a whim? You go into something thinking “eh, it’s whatever, but it’s worth checking out?” That’s how I felt before I went in for my interview with Make-A-Wish Northeast New York for a summer internship. I had already been told that the only spot for me was one day a week since they already had another intern that had been working there for a while.
I remember it was a crazy day because I had drove home to Albany from school in Oswego and had lined up three interviews in one day, Make-A-Wish being the second. I felt the moment I walked down the hallway in the Washington Square office and saw the logo on the door that I had already made my decision. I walked in and met with the director of marketing and communications. What I thought would be just a 15 minute discussion about the position turned into an hour of hearing about all the amazing wishes that he had heard about or experienced. I knew I was truly hooked and in some ways, I felt that my life would never be the same.
Once I had finalized another internship in Albany, I set my schedule with the office and started one of the best experiences of my life! In addition to drafting social media posts and updating the media list, my main project was organizing the Batkid Begins prescreening event to attract volunteers, supporters and movie goers and to help gain publicity for the event in the hopes that local media would use my press release. The goal was to bring awareness to the community that the documentary would be in the theater for a week. The reason the documentary was such a big deal was because it was released in limited cities around the country and Albany, NY just so happened to be on the list.
The event I helped put together included discounted ice cream at a local eatery, a red carpet and photos with “Batman” (a local man who dressed up as the cape crusader for non-profit organizations) in front of the Make-A-Wish backdrop. My press release attracted two broadcast media outlets to the event and I couldn’t have been more excited!
Check out the coverage from Time Warner Cable News!
Besides having the opportunity to put together a fun project, it was the atmosphere of the office, the positive employees, the volunteers and supporters I met along the way, and the mission of the organization that truly awed me. Even though it has been a year since my internship, I think about my experience very often. It is the reason that I am now a volunteer and Wish Granter for the Central New York Chapter.
Are you interested in volunteering with Make-A-Wish?
Every local chapter has a volunteer section, which is where you can find information about internships. Common internship positions can be found in these areas:
- Accounting and budgeting
- Donor relations
- Graphic designer
- Volunteer and program services
- Program development
- Sales and promotions
- Special events
Author: Lauren Taylar
Lauren Taylar is a digital marketer and blogger. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations. When she’s not volunteering her time with Make-A-Wish, you can find her reading a travel magazine and sipping a glass of hard cider or wine.