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DACA and Undocumented Student Resources


Undocumented and DACA students face a myriad of difficulties associated with job and internship searches. The Carleton Career Center is available to support these students regardless of immigration status. It is important to note that all DACA and undocumented students are eligible for and encouraged to engage in ALL of our programs including (but not limited to) 30 Minutes, Scholars, Job & Internship fairs, and Job & Internship postings in the Tunnel.

The Office of Intercultural and International Life (OIIL) can also provide academic, emotional, and professional support. They offer a number of resources and programs to connect with current students and alumni. Visit their website for specific contact information.

Tips and Suggestions:

  • Use the Career Center: Our office offers a number of resources to help students find full time and internship opportunities in the US and internationally. We encourage you to set up an appointment to meet with a career counselor to assess your skills/interests, review your application documents, identify resources, connect with alumni, practice interviewing skills, find opportunities applicable to you, and become knowledgeable about upcoming programs including 30 Minutes, Scholars, Job/Internship Fairs, etc.
  • Gain experiences: Participate in internships, externships, volunteering opportunities and student clubs to learn more about what you’re interested in and build the skills necessary for your job search.  We provide strategies for finding formal internship and informal shadowing opportunities. Students are encouraged to apply for funding for unpaid opportunities, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.
  • Build a network: Utilize your existing network and gain connections. This network can include friends, relatives, faculty, staff and especially Carleton alumni. Use the Carleton Alumni Profiles and the general directory to connect with alumni in your interested field to learn more about opportunities in those areas. More than 80% of jobs are found through networking so we encourage you to get started. It's often not what you know, but who you know.
  • Disclosing Your Status: Knowing when, how or if to disclose your DACA or undocumented status can be challenging and varies with every opportunity and organization. We encourage you to talk with a career counselor to discuss the nuances of the position and set up an appropriate plan.

External Resource

UndocuUndergrads National Network provides a wide range of resources and information including internship postings and a network of people to talk to about navigating the issues related to current- and post-undergraduate life. Be sure to check out these tabs:

  • Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students - great document with tips on how to navigate how to earn a living post-graduation, as well as considerations in pursuing additional education and/or internships.
  • Internships - includes specific opportunities open to undocumented youth. Note that this list is not exhaustive.
  • Networking - sign up to connect with other undocumented students across the country.
  • Scholarships - find a list of scholarships and deadlines for upcoming opportunities.
Career Center pages maintained by Andrea Kubinski
This page was last updated on 21 May 2019