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Available Positions

Staff Positions

Thank you for your interest in employment with Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee. Working for the local chapter and helping make a magical wish come true for a child battling a critical illness is extremely rewarding. The organization is committed to providing a work environment in which all employees enjoy equal opportunities. All employment-related decisions are made without regard to a person’s race, color, creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, or any other basis which is illegal under applicable federal, state, and local laws.

To see the smile on a child's face when they hear about their wish, anticipate their wish, share about their wish we all know as a staff that we have done our jobs! ”

— Garrett Wagley, CEO

Volunteer Internships

Interns for Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee give of their time and talents to help bring hope, strength, and joy to children who have 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 nonprofit work experience, a chance to meet others, and the gratification of making a difference in the life of a child.

We are accepting applications for the Summer Program Internship now.

Our internship positions include:

Wish Granting Program Internship (wish granting, planning, writing, etc.)

Development Internship (event planning, website, PR, donor development, graphic design, social media, and sponsorships)

Our Internship Program Overview will help you learn more about the specifics of the internship.

Doing an internship changed my career path. My passion is to work for a non-profit and help and serve others. ”

— Nicole, Development Intern



Volunteer Intern Application Instructions and Application

Our interns assist in various areas of the Foundation alongside staff and other volunteers. 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.

To apply for an internship position, you must complete the following steps (via email, fax or mail):

  1. Please submit a resume
  2. Complete the Intern Application
  3. Send in a Cover Letter

Once your application and supporting paperwork have been received and processed, and if you are selected to move forward in the interview process, an interview will be scheduled. All applicants must successfully complete a background check and attend an orientation session prior to beginning their internship. If there are any questions during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your interest in Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee. We look forward to hearing from you!

For Questions about
Wish Programming Internships contact: Devin Schiesser at [email protected]

Development Internships contact: Shawn Harper at [email protected]

Being able to help plan the wishes was such a wonderful experience that touched my heart. ”

— Emily, Summer Intern

Volunteer Interns


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Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee
6700 Baum Drive
Suite 7
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 909-9474
Chattanooga (423) 629-9474