FIRE Guide For Undocumented Students

The Undocumented Student Resource Guide is a guide of fellowships, internships, funding, and research opportunities open to undocumented students and students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.  These opportunities are both Brown-specific and unrelated to Brown and include opportunities for graduate school preparation and funding, special projects, public service, law, government, health, medicine, and general resources.

The list is not extensive (i.e. if there is an opportunity at Brown that is not listed on this sheet, it does not mean that it is not open to undocumented/DACA students). Although this guide was created to make resources more accessible to undocumented and DACA students, it can also be used for people with other legal statuses and work permits. This guide will be continually updated.

For a paper copy, please visit the Curricular Resource Center, the First-Generation Low-Income Student Center, or the CareerLAB.

 

 

 

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Student Spotlight – Maryori Conde

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Name: Maryori Conde

Class Year: 2018

Concentration: Ethnic Studies

Maryori  has interned at American Public Media, Breakthrough Providence, and with the AFSCME Union Scholars Program. Read on to learn more about how her desire for social change led her to pursue a career in teaching.


What kind of research experiences, internships, or fellowships have you been involved with during college?

During the summer, I have had internships that fall into different categories. My first internship was at American Public Media where I interned as a Financial Analyst and Office Clerk. I took this internship because it was way out of my comfort zone and I thought I should do it in order to learn communication and finance skills and I am happy I did. I learned how to use Excel and how much care and attention to detail the finance department has to have on a daily basis.

My second internship was at Breakthrough Providence where I was a Teaching Fellow. Breakthrough Providence is a non-profit organization that primarily serves academically motivated, first-generation, low-income students of color from the Providence area. As a summer teaching fellow, I co-taught a 15-student, heterogenous 7th grade English class. We created lesson plans that blended a social justice curriculum with an academic one. Our social justice curriculum taught issues related to the school-to-prison pipeline using the book Monster by Walter Dean Meyers as the primary class reading. I also taught an elective on Gender and Sexuality to the 8th graders, which was very impactful.

My last and most recent internship was being a Union Scholar for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees). The program was sponsored through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, as well as the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program.  Through the program, I was able to learn how to be a labor organizer in Jacksonville, Florida, and rebuild a local of residential nurses that encompassed three hospitals. I had the opportunity to attend meetings with AFSCME international and state-wide organizers to report on the local and discuss different organizing methods for the future. This definitely helped change the way I saw organizing outside of a college setting.

How have these experiences shaped your goals and plans for the future?

My internship with Breakthrough furthered my passion and love for teaching and really cemented my desire to be a teacher in secondary elementary. My last internship with AFSCME showed me the importance of organizing around labor and how much diversity is needed within that field. I hope to be a teacher that is able to not only help my students succeed inside, but also outside the classroom. I hope to help their families and be an active member of their community.

What was your favorite part of or an interesting story about a research experience, internship, or fellowship you participated in?

My favorite part of each of the internships was that I was able to meet many different people of different backgrounds and hear their stories. It was great to be surrounded by people who were passionate about social justice and helping others. They were aware of their positionality through it all and how they were interacting with other folks and taught me how to do the same. I love them and feel like the people I worked for are mentors I learned so much from. They taught me how to care for myself and still be involved in activism.

Do you have any advice for students looking to potentially pursue opportunities similar to what you’ve pursued?

I did not pursue any research experiences, but I wish that I had. I didn’t believe in myself nor my ideas and felt that I would not be able to contribute as a professor to the academy in a meaningful way. Because of this, I steered away from those opportunities. My advice for students is to work everyday at believing yourself and your ideas. Talk to a professor about your ideas, meet with professors who are probably thinking about the same things, and they will definitely help you find the opportunities you need. If you are first-generation, low-income, these opportunities are still for you! Trust me, there are mad grants and scholarships out there that professors will push you to apply for if you want to do research.

If you don’t want to pursue research and want to do internships as I did, just look. Be comfortable with the uncomfortable. There are so many opportunities for student activists like the Dream Summer Fellowship at UCLA, the Union Scholars Program with AFSCME, and the Summer Activist Training. Don’t limit yourself if you are into activism and want to learn more. Also, if you want to be a teacher with a social justice focus, Breakthrough Providence was such an amazing resource. Would 100% recommend.

B.A. Rudolph Foundation Scholarships for Unpaid Internships

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation offers scholarships for women seeking unpaid internships in public service and the sciences, as well as a mentorship program and networking opportunities. These internships must take place in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

They are currently accepting applications for their Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship, which funds unpaid internships that are centered on public service, including government, nonprofit endeavors, and/or women’s rights. Applications are due April 11th, 2018.

The Graduate Public Service Scholarship supports female graduate students and those who have recently completed their graduate degree who are applying to or have secured an unpaid internship that focuses on public service.  Applications are due March 28th, 2018.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship is intended for female undergraduate students preparing to enter a profession in the sciences who are applying to or have secured an unpaid or underpaid summer position (internship, fellowship, research assistantship) in a related field. Applications are due April 4, 2018.

Targeted Fellowship, Internship, and Research opportunities for Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups

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Don’t you love diversity?

There are many fellowship, internship, and research opportunities out there (far too many to list on this blog), and a significant portion of these are specifically for students from groups that have had a historically small presence within particular disciplines and within the university overall. Historically Underrepresented Groups (HUGs as they are called institutionally) can include any number of populations but is associated overall with students from marginalized minority groups, particularly:

  • Underrepresented Minority Students (Usually referring to Black, Latinx, and Native American, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander students, but can be expanded to other groups depending on how it is defined).
  • First-Generation College Students (This term is used pretty generally, but can refer broadly to students who are of the first-generation in their family to attend a four-year college in America).
  • Low-Income Students (This one is also used pretty generally and can be relative based on the environment one is from and where one goes to college).

There are other opportunities that can also be looking for women broadly (especially in STEM fields), LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

Here we hope to list some of what is out there, especially ones for Brown students. We will try to keep this post updated as we become aware of new opportunities and hope this can be a resource as you try to figure out what you can and should be applying for.

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TRIALS Law Summer Program

“Trials is a unique partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. It is a fully subsidized summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools.

For five weeks in the summer, Trials students take residence at Harvard or New York University. The residency alternates from year to year.

Each week, senior instructors from Advantage Testing prepare Trials students for the LSAT by deconstructing the test and presenting a step-by-step approach to each question type. Students maintain a rigorous practice testing schedule, frequently sitting for full-length official LSATs under simulated testing conditions. Working closely with their instructors, students learn to develop an individualized study plan, focus their preparation, and apply the core principles they master.

Trials students also attend lectures presented by prominent lawyers, public figures, and legal scholars, including distinguished faculty from both NYU Law and Harvard Law School. These lectures provide a wide-ranging introduction to the study and practice of the law while giving students the opportunity to ask specific questions related to their particular fields of interest.

Perhaps most important, Trials allows students to experience communities similar to those they will encounter in law school. Students form study groups to challenge, motivate, and inspire one another. In lunches with instructors and speakers, students can take part in informal discussions to learn more about the law, their peers, and themselves.

Finally, Trials is committed to taking full advantage of the resources of its host locations. Students enter the field in Boston and New York City to meet with and observe lawyers at work, garnering practical experience that complements the academic curriculum.”

http://trials.atfoundation.org/program/index

 

Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program

INTERNSHIPS

The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program provides a career exploration opportunity for diverse undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-25 in historic preservation/cultural resources work. The program places interns with National Park Service park units and administrative offices, other federal agencies, state historic preservation offices, local governments, and private organizations. Intern sponsors provide work experiences that assist interns with building their resumes in this field.

This program serves two purposes:

(1) Diverse undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-25 gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources field.

(2) National Park Service and partnership organizations have the opportunity to meet promising young people who might choose to work in the field.

Internships are offered during the summer (10 weeks). Projects include editing publications, planning exhibits, participating in archeological excavations, preparing research reports, cataloguing park and museum collections, providing interpretive programs on historical topics, developing community outreach, and writing lesson plans based on historical themes.

 

 

http://www.nps.gov/history/crdi/internships/intrnCRDIP.htm

2016 Paid Summer Internship Program Opportunity in Los Angeles

Leadership in Action (LIA) is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Southern California.

Leadership in Action interns are placed in selected community-based organizations in Southern California, where they are expected to work 4 full days per week under an assigned staff supervisor.  Work assignments differ according to each organization’s programs and needs.
Each week, one day will be devoted to leadership development training or issue discussions and group project work.  Nationally recognized trainers will deliver workshops in critical skill areas.  Issue discussions are on local or timely topics of interest and are facilitated by local community leaders/activists and LEAP trainers.
PROGRAM LENGTH AND STIPEND
The eight-week program runs from June 13 through August 5, 2016.  Interns will receive compensation in the amount of $3,200 for successful completion of the program and are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and insurance.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
College students or recent graduates with…
• Prior experience in API communities
• A passion for learning and growing leadership skills
• An interest in gaining work experience in an API community-based nonprofit organization”

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship Program

“The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders offers full-time internships year round (spring, summer, and fall). Part-time applicants who can commit to at least 20 hours a week will be considered, although the Initiative prioritizes full-time applicants (32-40 hours a week). The following internship sites are available:

  • Washington, DC at the Initiative headquarters
  • Seattle, WA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Remote (for communications/multimedia intern)”

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/aapi/internships