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Jun 20, 2019

June Brings Summer Interns to the Make-A-Wish Office

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This month, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area welcomed five college students who will work as summer interns and help grant wishes to children with critical illnesses: Isabel Bueso, Mark Sisk, Rosie Kuo, Carena Ridgeway, and Kacie Miller.

“I’m thrilled to welcome our new interns to the team,” says CEO Betsy Biern. “Each one of them has an impressive background and skill set and I know they will have a positive impact on what we can achieve when it comes to events, fundraising, and granting wishes.”

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area hosts internships throughout the year, which include opportunities like helping to plan wishes, working on corporate fundraising campaigns, preparing for fundraising events, and conducting donor research. Internships are usually available for the summer, fall, and spring. For more information on our internships and how  you can apply, visit our jobs board.

2019 Summer Interns

Isabel Bueso

Isabel Bueso will be working with the Individual Giving team. She graduated in 2018 with a BA in Sociology from California State University East Bay, summa cum laude. While at Cal State East Bay, she served as a committee member and then director of the Concord Campus Associated Students Inc., planning 20+ events, chairing meetings, and creating and passing resolutions and proposals. Bueso has a rare genetic condition, mucopolysaccharidosis type VI, and received a wish to go to Disney World in 2004. She served as an advocate for Rare Diseases during Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill in 2017 and 2018. She is looking forward to gaining skills and experience as an intern and feeling like part of the Make-A-Wish family.

“Make-A-Wish will always have a special place in my heart because I was a wish kid and my wish was to go to Disney World and meet Cinderella. It was a truly magical and memorable experience for me that will never be forgotten. As I am getting older, I want to be more involved with Make-A-Wish. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a guest speaker, part of the Brave the Bay committee, and help encourage more people to donate for more wishes.”

Rosie Kuo


Rosie Kuo will be working with the Individual Giving team. She just finished her first year as an undergrad at UC Berkeley, where she is studying Society and Environment at the College of Natural Resources. She is a member of Chi Omega and has focused on philanthropy by planning two fundraising events on behalf of Make-A-Wish.. Kuo also volunteered for Miss Unlimited, an organization that aims to celebrate girls of all ages with special needs. She hopes to learn more about the nonprofit industry and contribute to the core values of Make-A-Wish this summer.

"This summer, I am looking forward to the opportunity to take part in Make-A-Wish by working with the individual giving team and learning more about the organization and all the amazing people who make it function."

Kacie Miller


Kacie Miller will be a wish planning intern with the Program team. She is a rising senior pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Organizations, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Miller has prior experience as an intern with Eichleay Engineering and a student assistant with the Office of the Registrar at Cal Poly. She also volunteers with the Poly Pals program at Cal Poly, partnering with the Special Olympics to help build their Youth Athlete Program and engage 2-7 year-olds in sports. She is looking forward to a one-of-a-kind experience making wishes come true.

"I know how important these wishes are and how they impact not only the children, but their families and communities as a whole, and I can't wait to be a part of that."

Carena Ridgeway


Carena Ridgeway will work as an auction and events intern with the Events team. She just finished her junior year at UC Santa Cruz, where she majors in Sociology and has volunteered with UMOJA, a student run, needs based program dedicated to keeping African/Black students at the university. Ridgeway has worked at a number of non-profit and public sector organizations, including Youth Spirit Artworks, the Oakland Fire Prevention Bureau at City Hall, the Berkeley Police Department, and the Oakland Zoo. She has family members who have benefited from Make-A-Wish and looks forward to becoming a helpful addition to the organization.

"My career goals have always been aligned with working in non-profit organizations and my home life has always been able helping my ill family members...I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge about the world of organizing within a different type of non-profit."

Mark Sisk


Mark Sisk will work with the Corporate Development team. He just completed his junior year at Gonzaga University, where he is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. Sisk has previous volunteer experience as an intern for ONG Rescate, a Spanish non-profit that assists refugees, victims of conflicts, violence and natural disasters. While there, he worked on an online campaign to raise funds for a school for refugee students in Lebanon. Sisk has a personal connection to Make-A-Wish as his older sister was granted a wish to go to Hawaii when he was in first grade. He is looking forward to gaining experience in the nonprofit industry at Make-A-Wish.

"This summer I am mostly looking forward to learning what makes Make-A-Wish such a successful organization as well as seeing the impact that receiving a wish has on a child’s life."

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