Undocumented students possess unique strengths and face unique challenges in their career journeys. Career Exploration and Development (CED) staff, along with the Oberlin community, are here to offer support to undocumented students navigating the career search.
There are many online resources for finding jobs and internships. Check out the diversity resources that CED offers to Oberlin students. When you search for opportunities, keep in mind your ability to accept a paid or unpaid position.
Fellowships & Internships
- DREAM Summer Fellowship
- Immigrants Rising List of Undergraduate Fellowships - Immigrants Rising’s List of Undergraduate Fellowships contains fellowships that undocumented high school and undergraduate students can apply. This is an up-to-date list organized by due date and containing scholarships at the regional, state and national levels
- Summer Research & Professional Development Programs for Undocu students in the USA in STEM fields
- DREAMer Jobs Facebook Group
Finding Support for Unpaid Internships
As an undocumented student, you may also be managing financial stressors that make it difficult to pursue unpaid internships. There are some resources available at Oberlin and externally that may help you manage financial constraints. Additionally, you might also consider finding freelance, contract, or remote opportunities from organizations across the world.
- The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide - free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators with an extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status.
- DREAMERS Roadmap App - Dreamers Roadmap is a free national mobile app that helps undocumented students find scholarships to fund their higher education degree(s).
- Immigrants Rising List of Undergraduate Scholarships- an updated list of undergraduate scholarships that do not require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.
- La Unidad Latina Foundation – Educational scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students on a competitive basis and range from $250 to $1000.
- Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship –The Scholarships are open to all qualifying students regardless of immigration status.
- Que Llueva Café Scholarship – The “Que Llueva Café” Scholarship aims to support the dreams, hopes and aspirations of college bound undocumented students.
- Golden Door Scholars – Golden Door Scholars is a nonprofit that provides undocumented students with college scholarships and internship/career opportunities.
- Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students
Join or research a few professional organizations. You’ll meet other people in your community and field who can share their knowledge and perspective. This will give you a better understanding of your identity in the workplace. This is not a comprehensive list. We encourage you to search for associations in relation to your field of interest.
- Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)
- Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)
- Association of Latino Professionals for America
- The DREAM Bar Association (DBA) - For undocumented immigrants who are interested in pursuing a law career.
- United We Dream
- Pre-Health Dreamers
- UndocuBlack Network
- UndocuUndergrads National Network