FirstGEN Fellows: Open to undocumented students

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FirstGEN Fellows is a ten-week summer program in the D.C. area for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education, and who are passionate about pursuing careers in social justice. Each fellow receives a $1,500 stipend. The FirstGEN Fellowship Committee seeks bright undergraduate students, who are first generation college students, dedicated to pursuing careers in the social justice field. Applicants should possess a track record of public service through volunteer work/community service. If an applicant lacks a public service track record, he or she may include an additional page explaining the circumstances preventing this type of engagement. Candidates who are people of color, women, LGBTQ, or other minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

As a fellow, you will receive information and training on the following:

Skill Building Sessions

  • Fundraising 101 for the Social Justice Community
  • Campaign Strategies, Development and Sustainment to Support Public Policy & Organizing Efforts
  • Lobbying for the Public Interest Community

Professional Development                                                                                                                       

  • Public Interest Professional Field and Law School Overview
  • Keys to Professional Success
  • Conducting Informational Interviews, Interviewing and Resume Workshop
  • Leadership Development Overview
  • Making Mentorship Happen

Legal Issue Spotlights

  • Criminal Justice and Mass Incarceration
  • Asian American Civil Rights Movement
  • Education Reform and Juvenile Justice

Perspectives on Public Sector Career Tracks

  • Careers in the Federal Government
  • Public Interest Law
  • On the Hill
  • Think Tanks and Consultancy Groups

The deadline to apply is February 2, 2016

For more information, and to apply, please visit their official website: “FirstGEN Fellows


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