UCLA Labor Center

Prospective Applicants

2017 Dream Summer Fellowship Application


Thank you for your interest in the Dream Summer Program. Please revisit this page in the future for information on the 2018 application.

Questions or concerns? Contact 2017dreamsummer@gmail.com

What is Dream Summer?

The Dream Summer program has provided over 550 fellowship opportunities to immigrant youth and allies throughout the nation. Dream Summer participants have engaged in social justice work and movement building by addressing the intersections of immigrant rights issues with queer and transgender communities, the Asian Pacific Islander community, mass incarceration and deportations perpetuated by the criminalization of people of color, and health care access for all.

Participants are placed in social justice organizations for 10 weeks for additional training. Dream Summer fellows work closely with their host organization to incorporate and strengthen the inclusion of undocumented immigrant issues onto the organization’s social justice work.

2017 Cohorts

Dream Summer Fellows will be placed into one of four (4) cohorts this year, each tasked with a specific project for the summer that will enhance and complement their placement at a host organization. Members of these cohorts will receive specialized training in addition to the general development provided to all Dream Summer participants, and will have an opportunity to work in a more specified area of interest. All fellows are expected to participate in both their cohort and summer host organization workplan. For 2017, our program will feature the following cohorts:

  • The Undocumented Justice Cohort, placing a high emphasis on the safety of immigrant communities and the development of a national support network.
  • The Labor Cohort, addressing the intersectional presence of immigrant workers in the local and national labor movement. For more information on this cohort, please email us or check out our past videos.
  • The Silicon Valley Cohort, which will engage participants to develop institutional and community resources that reflect the participation of immigrant youth in the economic workforce development of Silicon Valley.
  • The Unaccompanied Minors Cohort, specifically aiming to provide leadership development to youth who independently migrated to the United States and place them in a position to support their local communities.

Dream Summer participants receive a $5,000 fellowship for their participation in the program.

Are you interested in participating in Dream Summer 2017? 

  1. Read Dream Summer FAQ
  2. Read Dream Summer Application Guide
  3. Apply for Dream Summer
  4. Email questions to 2017dreamsummer@gmail.com


*Note: FAQ & Application Guide have not been edited to reflect the new deadline.