As an undocumented student, you will likely have special considerations as you navigate the career development process. DACA students are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was launched in 2012. The Maryland Dream Act, also passed in 2012, allows undocumented community college students to transfer to the University of Maryland and pay in-state tuition. Our Center is here to support you as you map out your future career goals.
The best way to build your resume for your future career is through skill-building experiences. These experiences will allow you to explore your interests while picking up valuable skills applicable to the workplace. Our Center staff can help you consider some of the following opportunities. Login to Careers4Terps to request an appointment and discuss these issues with a career advisor.
- Volunteer work
- Research with a faculty member
- Independent study/academic projects
- Shadowing experiences (“Intern for a Day”)
- Taking a leadership role in a student group
- Community organizing
- Study abroad (for DACA students)
Disclosing Your Status
While it is important to be truthful during the hiring process, you are ultimately the one to decide when and how to share your status with a future employer or graduate institution. If you choose to disclose, you will want to think through who you are disclosing this information to (a recruiter or a future supervisor) and in what manner the information is shared (during an interview vs. the offer stage, or in a personal statement for graduate school vs. in the interview).
Most job applications will ask, “Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?” If you have DACA, you are able to answer “yes” and continue through the hiring process without disclosing additional information about your background. More information about DACA can be found here.
Depending on your field, graduate school may be a logical step after completing your bachelor’s degree. Many graduate schools have funding sources to help you meet the cost of their programs. Check to see if you would be able to apply for research, teaching or graduate assistantships in offices on campus. This blog has tips on applying to graduate school and finding scholarships as an undocumented student.
Campus Programs & Resources
Connect with other undocumented students at the University of Maryland, who can share insight into their experiences looking for internships and jobs.
- United We Dream
- Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students
- Harvard’s Act on a Dream
- UndocUndergrads National Network – Information and resources for undocumented students.
- UndocBlack Network – An online space for black undocumented students.
- Law: The Dream Bar Association – A non-profit organization that includes undocumented pre-law, current law students and practitioners in its membership.
- The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Will waive the LSAT fee if you have DACA and apply for a fee waiver.
- Medicine: Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) Latino Medical Student Association – Resources and community for dreamers interested in pre-health fields.