Student Spotlight: Madison Woodward, Make A Wish

Eller PDC Student Stories

Senior Photo (3)Madison is a pre-business sophomore interning this summer as a marketing/ PR intern at Make A Wish Foundation in Phoenix, AZ.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

My father was a board member for Make-A-Wish up until last month so I have had a lot of exposure to the company. For me, it was a no brainer to apply for an internship with them, and luckily my experience as Maricopa Hall’s marketing rep and what I learned from my dad was enough to land the internship.

What do you like and dislike about your internship and the industry you work in?

The role entails managing a lot of different projects-planning and promoting statewide events, running all social media, interviewing wish kids and writing their story on the website. So far it has been an amazing, humbling, rewarding, and fun experience. Working with these kids who have been through so much, but still remain happy and positive, really makes me appreciate my health and opportunities.

I love the positive environment of a non-profit and the family-like atmosphere of a small company. The only downside is that it sometimes can be upsetting working with these kids who have extremely sad stories. However, that is by no means something that would keep me away from this industry, it’s really just more motivation to help the foundation.

What advice do you have for other interns?

Try to always say yes! If you have time or can juggle a lot of things, pick up projects from other people. I have only been there for about three weeks but I have already taken on multiple projects from people other than my supervisor. This has allowed me to gain much broader experience. I was able to learn a new software program that I would not have otherwise been exposed to. In addition, it really makes people appreciate you and sets you apart. Being the kid who always volunteers to help out or wants to explore other disciplines is something your company (and future employers) will value. Just makes sure you focus on your required tasks and don’t take on too much. In my experience, everyone has been flexible so it is easy to take on a large number of tasks, but in other environments it could go downhill very quickly. Just know your limit and work hard.