Building community shaping your future

The DreamSF Fellowship is a paid San Francisco-based leadership and professional development program for immigrant students and aspiring professionals who seek to gain real-world experience with social justice change-makers in the Bay Area.

Fellows are paired with local immigrant-serving community organizations and gain hands-on experience in direct services, advocacy, and immigration law, and more while growing a network of mentors. Fellows receive professional mentorship and attend weekly enrichment seminars to support their growth as leaders and community advocates.

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At A Glance

Develop your professional skills

The DreamSF Fellowship is a paid opportunity to gain professional experience in direct services, advocacy, community outreach, immigrant rights work and more. In addition to the immigrant-serving experience at their host organizations, fellows gain experience in a variety of topics such as financial empowerment, networking, self-care, and more during weekly professional enrichment seminars.

Grow your network

DreamSF Fellows are connected to an ever-growing network of mentors. These mentorship opportunities help guide fellows on their professional journeys.  Fellows also work directly with immigrant communities and social justice movements in the Bay Area.

Get Involved

DreamSF Fellows are connected to leadership, volunteer, and community engagement opportunities both during and after the fellowship.

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Am I the right candidate?

We are looking for future DreamSF Fellows that are:

  • Invested in working with and supporting immigrant communities.
  • ​Motivated, hard-working and open to a wide range of personal and professional growth
  • Have an immigrant experience and can articulate a relationship to their immigrant community
  • 18 years old or older

Learn more about the DreamSF Fellowship eligibility requirements here.

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Our host organizations

DreamSF partners with local non-profits that serve immigrant communities:

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The DreamSF Fellowship is a program of The City & County of San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA). OCEIA’s mission is to promote inclusive policies and foster immigrant assistance programs that lead to full civic, economic and linguistic integration.

TESTIMONIAL

What Fellows Say

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Xiomara

2020-21 Cohort

The DreamSF Fellowship gave me the confidence and experience to explore my creativity and management skills, while also being an advocate for myself and my community.

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Natch

2020-21 Cohort

The DreamSF Fellowship provided me with a supportive space to enter the legal field and offer legal services to immigrants.

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Railyn

2020-21 Cohort

The DreamSF fellowship led me to many contracting opportunities and widened my exposure to non-profit work.

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Andrea

2015-16 Cohort

Prior to the DreamSF Fellowship, I worked several service jobs as I completed my bachelor's degree. My fellowship placement was my first professional job.