Work With Us

Wish of a Lifetime has a fun, fast-paced, and ambitious team. We are passionate about what we do, and it shows in our determination to try new things and make a positive impact on those we serve. When we have staff openings, they are posted on the AARP career board among other job posting and recruitment sites.

Interested in our internship opportunities?

Field Program Intern

Summary

Are you a college student who is creative and passionate about making the world a better place? Are you interested in learning about the nonprofit sector and other grassroots movements? Our regional field team is looking for you! As the face of Wish of a Lifetime, our team is responsible for managing a regional network of volunteers, sourcing wishes from local stakeholders, and expanding delivery of services with a focus on intergenerational programming. Wish of a Lifetime is a part of the AARP family and focuses on granting wishes to senior citizens throughout the United States.

Wish of a Lifetime seeks to change the way society views aging by providing enrichment opportunities for older adults and telling their amazing stories to inspire those of all ages. If you want to learn from a great team of professionals, apply now for this incredible opportunity!

Interns play an integral role in Wish of a Lifetime’s National Field program. As an intern, you will apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to help recruit and train a sustainable network of volunteers, ensure steady flow of wish submissions through creative and network driven sourcing efforts, and support the field team in expanding delivery of services with a focus on intergenerational programming. We’ll challenge you to think and work in new ways. We are committed to your growth and will cultivate your continued learning and development. This is a paid internship starting in September of 2021 and ending in December of 2021.

Responsibilities

On an average day, you will:

  • Support volunteer recruitment and training efforts
  • Organize volunteers to help support programming goals
  • Create presentations and communications collateral to engage local organizations
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team to create strategic plans for future intergenerational programs
  • Conduct local outreach to inform organizations and individuals about our mission and uncover wishes for deserving seniors in the community
  • Collaborate with Wish Operations Team to ensure successful vetting and execution of wishes within a geographic region

Requirements

Prospective interns must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship. AARP also considers non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers. This may include those who have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program.

  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector, either through coursework, volunteerism or employment experience
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to confidently and clearly communicate information verbally and in writing
  • The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with information that will be obtained in daily interactions
  • Proficiency in all MS Office programs with an emphasis on MS Word, Excel, and internet research tools
  • Some volunteer experience is preferred, although not required

Compensation and Benefits

Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits. As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.

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Development Intern

Summary

As the Development Intern for Wish of a Lifetime from AARP, you will be at the center of empowering supporters nationwide to recognize the importance of WOL’s mission through monetary contributions. Our team drives all fundraising activities for Wish of a Lifetime. Wish of a Lifetime is a part of the AARP family and focuses on fulfilling the lifelong dreams of older adults throughout the United States.

Wish of a Lifetime seeks to change the way society views aging by providing enrichment opportunities for older adults and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages. If you want to learn from a great team of professionals, apply now for this incredible opportunity!

The Development Internship will provide the opportunity to work alongside Development and Communications staff, participating in a variety of activities, including but not limited to database management, donor prospecting and stewardship, and the coordination, implementation, and measurement of successful fundraising initiatives.

Ideal candidates will possess a desire to enact meaningful social change within the community. Participation will provide interns with the opportunity to gain skills and experience in communication, business writing, fundraising, donor management, and event planning.

Responsibilities

During any given term, the development intern could work on areas of:

  • Fundraising
  • Assist with planning/execution phases of one or more of the organization’s major annual fundraising campaigns – Cupid Crew, Annual Gala, and End of Year
  • Assist with planning and implementation of individual donor campaign(s)
  • Work in donor database to pull reports and update donor data
  • Assist with creating written materials for stewardship outreach
  • Draft and proofread professional correspondence to donors
  • Research new grant opportunities
  • Collaborate with Development and AARP counterparts to write grant applications

Communications

  • Work with Development team to develop and print collateral for fundraising campaigns
  • Assist with content management and scheduling for fundraising-centric mass communications
  • Work with the Marketing team to ensure brand consistency

Events

  • Coordinate event logistics by developing and leveraging relationships with partners, vendors, and other contacts integral to the execution of an event
  • Draft and edit event sponsorship packets
  • Assist with event budgets and post-event tracking ROI
  • Coordinate closely with the Marketing team on social media, collateral, and web content

Requirements

Prospective interns must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship.

AARP also considers non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers. This may include those who have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program.

  •  Knowledge of the non-profit sector, either through coursework, volunteerism, or employment experience
  • Comfort and familiarity with customer service, event planning, or donor management
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to confidently and communicate information verbally and in writing
  • The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with information obtained in daily interactions
  • Proficiency in all MS Office programs with an emphasis on MS Word, Excel, and internet research tools
  • Knowledge of event and donor management systems preferred
  • Some volunteer is experience preferred, although not required

Compensation and Benefits

Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits. As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.

Apply Here