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First Generation Student Community


Do you want to build the skills and confidence you need to navigate your career? Then join the FirstGenU Career Institute: Summer I 2024!

Register HERE to join their upcoming cohort and take advantage of this FREE and FLEXIBLE virtual program!

  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 7th
  • Career Institute Begins: Monday, May 13th
  • Career Institute Ends: Sunday, June 16th

Program Components:

  • Access to an online, self-paced curriculum including ten modules across two pathways – Job Search Skills and Leadership Skills

  • Invitations to virtual enrichment events and social hours to deepen your learning

  • A nationwide community of first-gen peers committed to career success

  • Robust alumni benefits including digital badges, access to a professional network, information about internships, opportunities to remain engaged with the FirstGenU community, and more

Visit the FirstGenU website to learn more and sign up for an info session, or email FirstGenU@americaneedsyou.org if you have any questions.

Registration Link: www.tinyurl.com/summerone2024


Navigating the path of becoming the first in your family or support system to pursue higher education can present unique challenges. However, at Career Services, we are dedicated to supporting and empowering our first-generation students as they embark on their career journey and progress toward reaching professional goals. Our programs and resources are designed to provide the guidance and support you need to succeed and achieve your full potential.

Below, we have compiled a list of professional development resources, including mentoring and networking opportunities, professional associations, advocacy programs, leadership opportunities, internships, and inclusive employers. These resources will assist you with finding support as well as resources for your job and internship search. While the list is not exhaustive, it will help you get started. If you need further assistance, and would like to meet with someone, please feel free to schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor.


While the definition can be complicated, being a first-gen student means that your parents did not complete a 4-year college or university degree. Some colleges and universities use a different definition, so be sure to ask your admissions counselor, academic advisor, or a faculty member to learn more. Visit the National Center for First-Gen Student Success website to learn more about being a First Generation student.


Job Search Resources

T Howard Foundation
Professional Diversity Network
SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity)
Emma Bowen Foundation
MLT (Management Leadership for Tomorrow)

Student Organizations & Departments

New York City Campus

161 William Street
1st Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone Number: (212) 346-1950
Fax Number: (212) 346-1719



Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Westchester Campus

861 Bedford Road
Paton House
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Phone Number: (914) 773-3415
Fax Number: (914) 773-3701



Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.