DreamSF Fellowship

The DreamSF Fellowship is an opportunity for DACA-approved youth to serve San Francisco’s immigrant communities while gaining valuable professional experience and training. DreamSF Fellows will commit to working 20 hours per week on a project-based fellowship with an immigrant-serving nonprofit or public organization. Additionally, Fellows will receive weekly leadership and skills training in technology, public policy, civic participation and nonprofit administration. Fellows receive a $7,800 stipend for completing the fellowship, which will run from June 1-December 18, 2015.

Interested in becoming a DreamSF Fellow? APPLY NOW!

DreamSF Fellowship Application- Printable (For reference only- all applications must be submitted online). Please note that once you start the application, it can only be edited on the original computer used.

Application Process:

DREAMSF FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.  Please contact kraig.cook@sfgov.org if you have any questions on the application process.

The DreamSF Fellowship Application must be submitted online by April 24. The application requires the following components to be submitted online:

* Professional resume (include GPA, education level and any professional or community service experience)

* Responses to 3 essay questions (limit each response to 500 words maximum):

Essay Questions:

  • Describe your background and experiences growing up. How has this influenced or shaped your current point of view?
  • What are the three most critical issues today and why do you consider these so important? What do you think needs to happen to resolve these issues?
  • How would the DreamSF Fellowship be helpful to your interests, field of study, and future plans? What do you hope to gain from this experience?

* Contact information for two references- professors, former employers or supervisors of extracurricular or service activities

Successful applicants will receive an offer to participate in the program by May 18.


Eligibility Requirements:

Please note that the DreamSF Fellowship will prioritize applications from San Francisco residents who have not yet completed a four-year college or university degree.

 Ideal DreamSF Fellows should possess the following:

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • DACA Approval from USCIS or equivalent work authorization
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with English and non or limited-English speakers
  • Ability to develop and retain knowledge of city policies, services and programs
  • Ability to use basic technologies for communications and documentation
  • Desire to serve the public and immigrant communities
  • Flexibility, initiative, creativity and imagination

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Previous experience working in an urban setting with diverse and limited English proficient communities
  • Knowledge of and comfort/familiarity with immigrant populations
  • Previous volunteer experience or extra-curricular involvement with community-based organizations
  • Bilingual skills strongly preferred- in particular Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Filipino/Tagalog and Vietnamese skills
  • Leadership potential


Each DreamSF Fellow will be expected to:

  • Successfully complete program orientation and placement sessions
  • Serve 20 hours/week at a nonprofit or public organization in San Francisco from June 1 through December 18, 2015
  • Attend weekly leadership development and skills training sessions
  • Provide reliable, quality administrative and programmatic support to assigned host community based organizations and their projects dedicated to immigrant residents
  • Learn and master information regarding city policies and programs that impact immigrants and monolingual residents
  • Conduct targeted outreach and education to immigrant families and youth throughout the city
  • Execute community service projects aimed at improving the lives of San Francisco’s vulnerable populations
  • Develop a personal “Impact Plan” for how they plan to continue their education and service after the conclusion of the Fellowship

Each DreamSF Fellow will receive:

  • Valuable, paid professional work experience
  • Professional skill development and leadership training
  • Individual mentoring
  • Opportunities to network with influential leaders in San Francisco’s nonprofit and public service communities

Please contact Kraig Cook at kraig.cook@sfgov.org or 415.581.2352 with any questions or for further information.

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