DACA/Undocumented

CAPD is dedicated to helping all MIT students, including those who are undocumented or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status. We admire the determination, problem solving ability and resilience of these community members and strive to provide the appropriate support.

Your Career Planning

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Explore and build skills

  • Explore your interests and develop skills by conducting research, taking project-based classes and volunteering. MIT’s Office of Experiential Learning provides information about these opportunities.
  • Join student organizations with an academic or pre-professional focus to learn about different industry areas and build your leadership skills.

Applications and workplace rights

  • If you are a DACA recipient, you can complete paid internships and work after graduation. Be sure to understand your rights within the workplace. 
  • Connect with CAPD staff to determine the best way to answer certain questions on your job or internship application.

Life after college

Review Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students, created by Immigrants Rising, to explore your career options after graduation. A few examples include:

Resources at CAPD & MIT

  • CAPD staff can help you explore your career options, connect you with allies on campus, provide feedback on your application materials (resume, cover letters, and graduate school essays), and help you prepare for interviews.
  • Undergraduates can also contact Student Support Services (S3) for additional support.

5 Illegal Interview Questions and How to Dodge Them

by Angela Smith, MBA

You’re sitting in the interview for your dream job, and it’s going great. You’ve knocked the hard questions out of the park, and you and the interviewer are really hitting it off. Then, out of the blue, she …

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Making money regardless of immigration status

Immigrants Rising provides resources and recommendations to generate income through entrepreneurship and freelancing.

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Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students

While initially it may seem as though undocumented students have limited options upon
graduating from college, this guide is intended to shed light on the possibilities that
do exist. The guide has been written to be as inclusive and comprehensive …

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Fee Waivers for the LSAT & Credential Assembly

The Law School Admission Council’s fee waiver program is designed for law school candidates who are financially under-resourced, with the goal of increasing equity and access to legal education. This program is part of their mission to reduce barriers for …

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Dream Bar Association

The DREAM Bar Association (“DBA”) is a non-profit legal organization that extends membership to undocumented pre-law students, current law students, practitioners and paralegals. Led by undocumented law students and practitioners, the DBA’s purpose is to provide a network for undocumented …

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