Resources for DREAMers
UW Bothell Career Services provides advising to all students regardless of immigration status. Students without documents are welcome to make an appointment and attend all of our events and workshops. You can trust that all information is kept confidential.
Please bear in mind that we are not qualified to give legal advice. You may want to consult with an immigration attorney or seek credible legal advice regarding your immigration status from the legal services listed by UWB's Center for International Education. Additionally, Student Legal Services is available for all UWB students. Students can make appointments for free consultation with a lawyer via Zoom through the SLS website.
We encourage you to make an appointment to discuss career and academic goals.
UW Bothell HB1079 information site provides general information on financial resources, applications, & scholarships.
DACA information and resources
Visit www.uwb.edu/studentaffairs/daca-resources for a list of up-to-date resources.
A site for immigrant entrepreneurs
Ways to gain experience as an undocumented student without DACA
Experiential learning – hands-on learning done outside the classroom – is a highly effective way to explore career pathways, gain relevant skills, and build your professional network. Here are several ways you can pursue experiential learning without needing work authorization.
- Volunteering: Use sites like idealist and VolunteerMatch to find volunteer opportunities in the area or reach out to organizations you’re already familiar with. Volunteering is a good way to both gain experience and develop professional connections in an industry and with an employer of interest. While many volunteer opportunities are unpaid, some may offer stipends.
- You can earn credit for a volunteer experience by participating in Community-Based Learning and Research. Courses are offered every quarter and span all 5 schools. The CBLR site also provides information on volunteer opportunities separate from courses as well as scholarships offered for CBLR opportunities.
- Similar to a volunteer experience, unpaid internships are a valuable way to gain experience and develop professional connections. Handshake and idealist are both good places to find unpaid internship opportunities.
- If you pursue internships and receive a paid internship offer, you may ask the employer not to be paid and pursue other means of financial support such as those mentioned above.
- Note: some organizations may be required to carry insurance and/or have background checks on file for their interns and volunteers, even if the opportunities are unpaid.
- Undergraduate Research: is a way to gain career-relevant skills while earning credit, and offers the possibility of earning a stipend (a regular fixed payment for work or to defray school costs). Start exploring by using the Undergraduate Research Database and identifying projects and faculty you’d be interested in working with. You can also look at faculty bio pages and contact faculty whose research interests align with your own.
- Get involved in on-campus or professional organizations: Participation in student or professional organizations can help you develop relevant experience and leadership skills while offering the opportunity to network across campus and with the local employment community. Find relevant professional organizations in the area through the Seattle Networking Guide.
- Job shadows: are a way to get a first-hand view of what different careers are like while growing your professional network. They are short-term, unpaid opportunities. You can look for professionals to job shadow by leveraging the UW Bothell alumni network on LinkedIn or reaching out to professionals in the field to connect with.
- LinkedIn Learning: is an on-demand video learning platform to help you develop and enhance skills. It’s a free resource for all UW students. You can create Learning Paths of Collections on LinkedIn Learning in various topics.