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The First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship Program, or FirstGEN, is a paid summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college and who intend to pursue careers in social justice. Our mission is to identify and support first generation college students as they emerge into tomorrow’s social justice leaders. 

Fellows receive hands-on civil rights experience, participate in weekly advocacy training and professional development seminars, and join a growing community of emerging leaders in the FirstGEN Alumni Network. 

Fellows are placed with the national Lawyers’ Committee and its partners at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJCCatholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).  

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, FirstGEN is a fully remote, fellowship with all activities conducted online via Zoom and other digital platforms. This year, the eight-week program runs from June 7 – July 30. 

The deadline to apply is April 9, however, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basisApplicants should be dedicated to pursuing careers in the social justice field a possess a track record of public service through volunteer work or community service. People of color, women, LGBTQ, or other minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.   

For more information, email us at [email protected]