The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) serves as a space for undocumented and DACAmented students of all ethnicities and nationalities to find a safe environment and supportive community at the University of Michigan. Regardless of the situation, OAMI is here to help you transition to and succeed at the University of Michigan.
OAMI offers a range of support services to help you balance being a full-time student and handling other day-to-day challenges. These include personal one-on-one coaching, community and professional development, and more. Additionally, OAMI can provide resources to connect you to an encouraging peer network.
The Support Services page has a list of resources that you may find useful during your academic journey. If you cannot find what you’re looking for or if you have additional questions, we are happy to help you find an answer. You may contact Hector Galvan at the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives via email (email@example.com) or via telephone at 734-763-0794.
Student Community of Progressive Empowerment (SCOPE) is a student organization that strives to support and serve undocumented and DACAmented (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students at the University of Michigan. SCOPE provides an opportunity for undocumented students to connect with one another, build peer relationships, and work together to navigate their college experience.
SuccessConnects is a holistic support program focused on ensuring your academic, personal, and social success at Michigan. The program is designed to enhance the journey to a University of Michigan degree by providing opportunities to excel in the undergraduate experience and enhance the level of community inclusion, scholarship, and leadership success.
SuccessConnects provides opportunities ranging from networking and professional development to study skills and study abroad opportunities, while giving students a community of scholars and leaders amongst whom they can thrive. These are achieved through dynamic customized components, such as Success Coaching.
We invite all students to submit their information and get connected with SuccessConnects! Programming and support services are available for the entire academic year.
Please fill out the form below or email Hector Galvan, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like more information on how to become a SuccessConnects Scholar.
If you are a current transfer student or you’re a community college student considering attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan-Connect (M-Connect) is for you!
M-Connect is part of the SuccessConnects program in OAMI, and it gives you access to:
You will also benefit from networking with other transfer students before and after enrolling at UM. M-Connect gatherings provide the opportunity to build community and connect you with resources, as well as providing the support you need to successfully graduate.
Please fill out the form below or email Hector Galvan, email@example.com, if you would like more information on how to become part of M-Connect. If you completed the form found in the SuccessConnects Program tab, you don’t need to complete this one.
MIRC is a legal resource center for Michigan’s immigrant communities. MIRC works to build a thriving Michigan where immigrant communities are fully integrated and respected.
LSSCM provides free civil legal advice and representation to low-income and senior citizens of Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw Counties. LSSCM also provides legal services to senior citizens of St. Joseph County.
A coalition of over 100 organizations representing faith communities, labor organizations, businesses, and civil rights organizations fighting for social and economic justice.
Immigrant- and ally-led group with the mission to empower immigrant groups through education and information.
An organization that empowers people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people.
Welcome! This career guide offers advice to continue developing and making the most of your University of Michigan experience. Its purpose is to provide insights on how to use in-class and out-of-class experiences to position yourself for future success, whether you are interested in securing internships, full-time jobs or admission to graduate school. Although some information may seem familiar, this career guide has content that may be new and helpful for your decision-making and planning.
Making the Most of Your College Experience and Preparing for the Future
Employers and graduate school programs seek out individuals who can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, initiative, and a strong work ethic. Through your classes (and academic projects) you will meet new students and develop a foundation for these skills. Additionally, student organizations, campus employment, and research projects are valuable opportunities that complement the skills you are developing in your classes. Summer internships, for example, can be an excellent way to test out a career field and develop marketable skills.
Below is the Career Guide, divided into three parts, devoted to propelling your career trajectory and contributing to your academic success.
Why is experience important?
Gaining experience is important because it demonstrates to others that you have tested your abilities in a variety of settings while in college. Your next steps after graduation will require you to contribute in new ways. You want to use your college years to actively engage in new opportunities and to develop the confidence and skills that will prepare you for your next step. Developing skills happens in many situations. Take advantage of any opportunity to add to your skillset (e.g. critical thinking skills, communication, and technology applications are all skills that employers look for based on the NACE Career Readiness Competencies). Employers and graduate schools value diverse experiences; these experiences will help you demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individual differences. College experiences that may help you develop new skills and traits include, but are not limited to:
How do I find experience?
The University Career Center (UCC), other career offices at UM, and other campus resources (e.g., Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI)) help students identify experiences that satisfy their interests and provide opportunities to meet new people while forwarding the mission of the sponsoring group (e.g. OAMI- SuccessConnects Program, PSIP- Public Service Intern Program, ASB- Alternative Spring Break, and many more!).
In addition to university resources, remember you also have a personal network that may offer you great suggestions to investigate. Think about your:
Even if you get one new idea, or learn of one new opportunity, it is worth tapping into those who may be connected on campus and/or in the world of work to gather new leads and information.
Connecting with individuals who have gone through similar UM experiences and have navigated hiring processes with and without DACA will give you ideas and strategies for gaining experience and employment moving forward. You may begin by contacting the Undocumented Student Services Coordinator, Hector Galván, M.A. (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be helpful in identifying potential contacts or tapping into other resources, such as population-specific conferences (i.e. United We DREAM). Some conferences have registration fees, but often offer student discounts or opportunities to volunteer which can significantly reduce the costs.
What experiences are best?
Any experience that broadens your skill set, employer network, and/or deepens your knowledge about a particular area is a great opportunity. If the experience is directly related to a career field of interest, you want to ensure that through the experience you learn about the field, the job functions, and skills necessary to be successful (especially teamwork, analytical and/or technical skills). Both paid and unpaid opportunities are beneficial. Think about possible career interests and related experiences that may help you clarify now how you would like to shape your career goals.
If you find an unpaid opportunity, there any resources that offer financial support
As a DACA college student, you may have questions about financing some opportunities. There are several resources on campus to explore the possibility of funding:
Connect with your School/College Career office to learn more about potential scholarships OR funding provided by your school for scholarships for unpaid internships.
Getting help preparing your application materials
When completing online applications, you will typically need a resume and cover letter. You are encouraged to make an appointment with the UCC or your school/college career center to get feedback on your resume and other related materials. The staff in these offices will be able to address any questions you may have about navigating the hiring process.
Will your status affect the application process?
As a DACA student, it is likely that you will first encounter this question when completing job applications: “Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?”
Are you considering a graduate school program?
If the answer is “yes!”, be sure to tap into all resources available on campus and beyond—professors, advisors, career coaches, UM alumni, family and friends for help:
To meet with UCC staff to talk about if/when graduate or professional school might be right for you, schedule an appointment online at https://umich.joinhandshake.com/appointments/new/ or call (734) 764-7460.
If you decide that your dream job requires education beyond your bachelor’s degree, research the types of programs that will meet your needs.
For instance, what types of degree are there to consider?
If you are considering a graduate program, begin by assessing your background on these additional factors:
How might you pay for graduate school?
In general, Ph.D. programs are more likely to be fully funded than Master’s programs. Yet, there may be specific resources available to alleviate or offset the cost of attendance:
Do you have more questions?
The UCC, as well as school/college career offices at U of M, offer a variety of services tailored towards planning for the next steps after graduation. Whether you are seeking employment or applying to graduate school, or pursuing a gap year experience, you are encouraged to make an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your future plans and to develop a strategy that allows you to you achieve your career goals.
Additional Campus Resources:
This career guide was created in partnership with OAMI, the University Career Center, and UMSI Career Development Office, and it is supported by career offices within schools and colleges at the University of Michigan. Information was adapted from the University of California at Santa Barbara. This guide has been verified by University Student Legal Services and will be continuously updated to include the most recent information.