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Commonly Asked Questions

About Volunteering

Learn more about our volunteer program and how you can impact a child's life today.

What are you looking for in a volunteer?

While we always accept new volunteers from all parts of the Hudson Valley, we currently have a special need for people who meet any of the following criteria: speak both fluent Spanish and English; live in Delaware, Dutchess, Sullivan, or Ulster counties in the state of New York.

What kind of schedule must I have to be able to volunteer?

It is unlikely that you will have a regular volunteer time (e.g. every Tuesday between 10am-1pm).  Volunteer opportunities tend to be project-oriented or on as a needed basis.  It is necessary that you have a flexible enough schedule to accommodate your specific assignment/project.

What do volunteers do?

There are five main areas of volunteerism: Fundraising, Special Events, Wish Granting, Office Administration, and Special Projects.  For detailed information about Volunteer Opportunities, click here.
What is a Wish Granting Volunteer?

Wish Granting volunteers work in teams of two to facilitate the details of granting a child's wish.  They work directly with children to ascertain and plan wishes, and work creatively to seek in-kind goods and services to implement the wish.  The nature of each child's wish determines the level of volunteer involvement.  Wish Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.
How do I become a volunteer?
  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Complete an application
  3. Complete a background screening and personal references

Why do you need to know my background?

Since we work closely with children, Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley conducts a thorough background screening on all volunteer applicants. The Foundation shall not employ or utilize as a volunteer any individual who has been convicted of a crime that (a) victimizes children, (b) is sexual in nature, or (c) involves violence, fraud, or significant theft. All information received from these reports will remain confidential and be used only for screening and placement purposes. 

I have a question not addressed here.  Who can I contact?

If you have additional questions, please contact Abraham Almanza, Volunteer Manager, at (914) 478-9503 or

My volunteer experience with Make-A-Wish has so restored my faith in mankind when I see to what extent so many people go to make wishes come true. ”

— Volunteer, Linda Cardona

About Internships

What is an internship?

An internship is an on-site work experience that is either directly related to your major field of study or your career interest.  It is an unpaid experience, and held during the summer or throughout the academic year.

What are the benefits of an internship?

An internship gives you the opportunity to:
  • Gain valuable work experience before you graduate;
  • Develop new skills and refine others;
  • Apply knowledge gained from coursework to on-the-job situations;
  • Reality-test tentative career choices;
  • Meet and work with professionals, establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking;
  • Experience new work environments.

When is a good time to apply for an internship?

We generally interview potential candidates 2-3 months prior to the semester, for example:

  • January-March for a Summer Internship
  • July-August for a Fall Internship

Can I get academic credit for my internship?

It may be possible to get academic credit for your internship, but it depends on your school.

Only academic departments can offer credit, and policies differ greatly from school to school. Often your internship must relate directly to your major and will require you to complete a substantial research project or writing component as part of special studies course. For more information contact your Department chair.

What if my question isn't answered here?

One of the most effective ways to get answers and to see if an internship with the Hudson Valley chapter is a good fit is to contact our Volunteer Manager, Abraham Almanza at

Observing the office setting and external events gave me a professional outlook that I had not experienced before ”

— Program Services Intern, Claire

Development Intern, Caitlin, prepping for an upcoming event

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Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley
The Wish House
832 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 478-9474