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Inclusive Internships & Fellowships

Here are some paid internship and fellowship programs that are open to undocumented students without work authorization.

Please note – an ITIN is required for these opportunities. Undocumented individuals without work authorization can apply for an ITIN. Visit our ITIN page for more information.


Dream Summer Fellowships

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2024

Dream Summer is a national fellowship run by the UCLA Dream Resource Center that helps young immigrants and allies become leaders in social justice. The fellowship allows participants to work with organizations that focus on social justice and immigration issues, and to develop their leadership skills.

Participants receive a $7,000 award and become part of a network of over 900 immigrant rights leaders. The program is open to all young immigrants, and you don’t have to be a student at UCLA to apply.

Check out the Dream Summer website or email [email protected] to learn more. Applications usually open in the fall and close in January.

Teach For America’s Ignite Fellowship

Deadline to apply: November 15, 2023

The Ignite Fellowship is a virtual, paid, part-time tutoring fellowship sponsored by Teach For America. The fellowship is open to all undergraduate or graduate students who have an ITIN or SSN (EADs not required) and meet other eligibility criteria. All majors welcome!

Visit the Ignite Fellowship website for more information. The Ignite Fellowship takes place in the fall and spring semester.

Parker Dewey Micro-Internships

Parker Dewey is an online platform that partners with organizations to offer paid, professional projects and internships. All opportunities are paid and structured as independent contracting – which means work authorization is not required. You must have a valid SSN or (not expired) ITIN to be paid by Parker Dewey as an independent contractor.

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IMPORTANT: When creating your account, add TheDream.US in the Affiliation section of your profile to see internships exclusively available to TheDream.US Scholars! Learn more by watching this 3-minute video: 5 Quick Tips to Successfully Secure a Micro-Internship.

Aliento Internships & Fellowships

ARIZONA STUDENTS ONLY. Aliento is a community organization based in Phoenix, Arizona that is undocumented and youth-led. Aliento invests in the well-being and leadership development of those impacted by the inequities of lacking an immigration status. Aliento offers paid, inclusive internships and fellowships to Arizona students whom are part of the impacted community. Fellowships begin in September and end in June, with stipends up to $4,000. Fellowship applications open and close in the summer. Internships take place during fall, spring, and summer. For more information, visit www.alientoaz.org.


Additional Inclusive Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

More opportunities may be available in your area – contact your college to inquire about paid internship and fellowship programs that are open to ITIN holders. Use the Scholar Partner College Directory to find contact information for your Scholar Advisor, Career Services Liaison, and others who assist TheDream.US Scholars at your institution.

TheDream.US Internship Funding Program

TheDream.US is partnering with 30+ Partner Colleges to provide inclusive, paid internships through TheDream.US Internship Funding Program. This program is only open to TheDream.US Scholars at participating Partner Colleges; Scholars must have a valid SSN or ITIN. To see if your institution is participating in this program, view the Internship Program Directory. For more information about this program and how to participate, contact your institution’s Program Point of Contacts (POC) listed on the Internship Program Dashboard.

TheDream.US Experiential Fellowship Program

TheDream.US is partnering with multiple Partner Colleges to provide inclusive, paid fellowships through TheDream.US Experiential Fellowship Program. This program is only open to TheDream.US Scholars at participating Partner Colleges; Scholars must have a valid SSN or ITIN. To see if your institution is participating in this program, view the Fellowship Program Directory. For more information about this program and how to participate, contact your institution’s Program Point of Contacts (POC) listed on the Fellowship Program Dashboard.

DreamBuilders Internship Program

The DreamBuilders Internship Program provides TheDream.US Alumni the opportunity to host a currently-enrolled TheDream.US Scholar as a paid intern at the Alumni’s organization or business. There’s no cost to Alumni as TheDream.US will pay for the interns! Scholars who are selected as interns can receive up to $4,000. For more information, click the buttons below: