First Generation

Resources for First Gen Students & Alumni

The Career Center is here to support you as you explore your interests, gain experience, and work toward your goals. Check out the following resources for career exploration, internship/job search, and more.

The Herd is our flash mentoring platform for student-alumni career conversations. In addition to talking with alumni whose career paths interest you, we encourage you to join our new affinity groups on The Herd, which encourage productive interaction and networking through professional and social engagement, provide opportunities such as jobs, internships, volunteer roles, and events, and support the community’s professional and career development through advocacy.

Join the First Generation Students & Alumni Network

Additional Career Resources

  • Breaking Cycle – A blog created to help first-generation students feel heard, supported, and to help them succeed. 
  • America Needs You – An organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation students by providing mentorship and career development. 
  • First In The Family – A collection of advice from first-generation college students for other first-generation college students.
  • FirstGen Fellows – A ten-week summer fellowship program for first-generation students who have an interest in social justice. 
  • I’m First – A resource that supports and informs first-generation students and their families while starting and navigating college.  
  • The Struggle to be First – An article written by and about first-generation college students from UC Berkeley about the difficulties of being the first in their families to go to college.
  • Council on Legal Education Opportunity – A non-profit organization working to expand opportunities for first-generation, minority and low-income students to go to law school.
  • 30+ Diversity & Career Discovery Programs for Finance, Consulting, Tech and More


Spring and Summer Internships at the International Rescue Committee

The IRC was founded at the behest of Albert Einstein in 1933 to assist people fleeing from persecution. Since then, the IRC has grown and works all over the world providing humanitarian support. In the United States, the IRC is …

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Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility

Interest in going into Corporate Social Responsibility is definitely on the rise. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is grounded in the idea that businesses can make the world a better place, or at the very least, reduce their negative social and …

By Sheryl Rosenberg
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SMFA Alumni in the Spotlight – Elizabeth Neel

Inspiration can come from anywhere…read this article on Artnet about SMFA Alum Elizabeth Neel about how her grandmother inspired her success in the art world. There is no time like the present to think about who inspires you and how …

By Ryan Smith
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Diversity & Inclusion Programs for Students Interested in Health & Life Sciences

There are many specialized health and life sciences research programs available to underrepresented students who are pursuing majors related to health and life sciences.  These are just a few of the programs that offer training and mentorship opportunities designed for …

By Malakia Silcott
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Featured Resources

Education, Nonprofit & Social Impact Resume Guide

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30+ Diversity & Career Discovery Programs for Finance, Consulting, Tech and More

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Virtual Work Experiences

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