Blanca Hernandez

Fellow, Legal Services Team

"The types of people who the organization is meant to serve are the ones at the forefront. It sets the bar higher."

Steve Li

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, High School Engagement

"I made life-long friendships and found a family that will always be there to support me through my personal and professional endeavors."

Mitzia Martinez

Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team

"Being a part of this organization has really helped me understand my own narrative and not just conform to what other people tell me I am."

Yoshi Mendez

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, Legal Services Team, Scholar

"I became more open and less fearful about life."

Izabela Menga

Fellow, Inclusion & Change Group, Scholar

"We all stand up for each other."

Cris Mercado

Entrepreneur, Fellow

"For undocumented people, it's rare to find either a person or an institution that validates your experiences and your achievements."

“This program has motivated me to do more for those going through the struggles I did back in high school and empower our immigrant communities through education.” — Hugo, 2019-2020 Program Participant

Immigrants Rising’s Career Development Program will provide undocumented college students and recent college graduates in California with the career-specific hands-on training, professional development, and mentoring they need to be able to launch their careers.

Program Benefits

  • Direct career experience
  • Placement at a host site that will provide them with hands-on experience
  • Professional and leadership development training and mentorship
  • Connection to Immigrants Rising’s network of professionals
  • Stipend to support participation in the program

General Requirements

  • Recent college graduate or college student at a community college or university
  • Foreign-born
  • No permanent residency (green card) or citizenship in the U.S.
  • Committed to spending 10-15 hours/week at host site from October 2020 through May 2021
  • Committed to attending monthly full-day professional development trainings hosted by Immigrants Rising

High School Career Program

Develop your professional and leadership skills to pursue a career in high school education by engaging with high schools or community-based organizations serving high school students. Read our program description here.

The application is currently closed. The deadline for all application materials was September 20, 2020.

Please stay tuned for other career pathway opportunities!

Become a Host Site

Host our High School Career Program participant and increase your high school or organization’s capacity to support high school students, as well as meet your ongoing programmatic goals. Learn More

We develop the leadership capacity of undocumented young people through career training, mentorship, professional development, and opportunities to educate and empower the undocumented community.