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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

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

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.

Tipalti Account Registration Guide – Tipalti is Parker Dewey’s payment platform.  If you are selected for an internship, Parker Dewey will send you an invitation email to create a Tipalti account.  Please review the Tipalti Account Registration Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Poder Latinx’s Poderosas Fellowship

Poder Latinx is a civic and social justice organization focused on strengthening the political power of the Latinx community and advocating for various justice issues. Their Poderosas Fellowship provides leadership development and inspires Latinas to increase voter participation in their communities. The fellowship is a 10-month program that starts in the summer and ends in the spring. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend. Eligibility requirements include being a Latina aged 18-35, living in one of 15 select states, and having a valid SSN or ITIN. Visit the Poder Latinx website for more information.

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.

Code the Dream Labs Apprenticeship

The Code the Dream (CTD) Labs Apprenticeship is a full-time, professional program for junior software engineers to gain real-world software development experience. The apprenticeship is competitive and requires a 1-year commitment. Apprentices receive between $30,000-$35,000 for the year. SSN and ITIN holders are eligible to apply.

Eligibility: Only individuals who have successfully completed and passed CTD Learns (a 6-18 month free coding course program) are eligible to apply. Applications open at varying times throughout the year. Applicants must have a valid SSN or ITIN. College enrollment is not required. Visit the CTD Labs Apprenticeship webpage and CTD Labs Apprenticeship Requirements to learn more.

Please disregard CTD’s mention that CTD Labs Apprenticeship is a W2 employment opportunity. CTD has created alternative, paid options for apprentices to work as independent contractors.


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.

IMPORTANT: Scholars who participate in any of the programs listed below are paid via Parker Dewey’s payment platform, Tipalti.  Selected Scholars will receive an invitation email from Parker Dewey to create a Tipalti account. Please review the Tipalti Account Registration Guide for step-by-step instructions.

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: