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About Starlight Foundation

The Starlight Foundation began in 1983 with a wish from a dying boy who befriended actress Emma Samms. Samms teamed up with film executive Peter Samuelson to transform that wish into an “international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for seriously ill children and their families.” Today, the Starlight Foundation works with more than 1,000 hospitals to help seriously ill children ages four to 18 through “distractive entertainment.” The foundation grants about 275,000 wishes annually such as meeting Paul McCartney, visiting Disney World, viewing a taping of Sesame Street and having dinner with Cindy Crawford.

The Starlight Foundation has over 300 volunteers in its 12 offices. Interns perform a variety of tasks depending on skills and interests. The foundation tries to utilize interns’ unique skills to the best of the organization’s benefit. Some volunteers may coordinate special events; others work in wish-granting or assist with fundraising.


Open to all college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, recent college graduates and grad students.

Starlight Foundation

Starlight Children?s Foundation NY*NJ*CT
Starlight Foundation
Attn: Shivani Dhirr
1560 Broadway, Suite 600
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 354-2878


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


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