Fellowship FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Logistics

 

  • What is the DreamSF Fellowship?

    • The DreamSF Fellowship is a year-long leadership and professional development program for immigrants in the Bay Area. The program is an opportunity for college students who seek to be social justice change-makers contribute to local nonprofits efforts in finding solutions.  The program supports participants' grow a network of mentors and gain experience in direct services, advocacy, and immigration law careers. Fellows receive professional mentorship and attend weekly enrichment seminars to support their growth as leaders and community advocates.

 

  • How long is the Fellowship?

    • The program is transitioning to a year-long fellowship with the option of a shorter six-month option.

      • Year-long begins Saturday, July 1 & ends May 31, 2020.

      • Six-month begins Monday, July 1 & ends December 20, 2019.

 

  • Can I select the year-long option and then switch to a six-month?

    • We encourage all applicants to select the track they can accommodate for a year or that fits their schedule.  

    • Changing tracks will be evaluated on a case by case basis and should not be considered as a back-up option.

 

  • What are the program requirements?

    • Have a flexible schedule to accommodate 20 hours a week. 

    • Commit to a six-month or year-long fellowship. 

    • Be invested in working with and supporting immigrant communities.

    • Have a strong connection to one’s Bay Area immigrant community.

    • Have obtained a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.

    • Must be 18+ to apply.

    • Available Friday’s weekly from 9:30 – 12:30 PM.

    • Fluent in a second language.

 

  • Does the program come with a stipend?

    • Yes, fellows receive a monthly stipend to support their educational expenses.

      • Monthly fellows receive a $1,416 stipend.

      • The six-month fellowship stipend is $8,500 & the yearlong is $17,000.

 

  • Do I need to be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalent?

    • Applicants must have obtained their High School diploma G.E.D. equivalent.

 

  • Do I have to be a college student to apply?

    • Applicants must be enrolled in a 2 or 4-year Community College or University. If you are planning to enroll you may also apply.

 

  • How old must I be to apply to the program?

    • Must be 18 years old as of  June 30, 2019.

 

  • What if I graduated, can I still apply?

    • Yes, recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

 

  • What if I graduated from a trade program or obtained a certificate, can I still apply?

    • Yes, if you completed a certificate or trade program you can apply as long as you meet the other program requirements.

 

  • Do I need to be a DACA recipient to apply?

    • No, the program is open to all eligible individuals, regardless of their immigration status.

 

  • Do I need to have a social security number or ITIN?

    • No, you do not need a social security number or ITIN for this program.

Selection Process

 

  • What is the program timeline?

    • Recruitment & Outreach - January to April

    • Application Review & Notification - May 2019

    • Interview & Offer Letter - June

    • Fellowship Begins & Placement / Onboarding - July

    • Fellowship Immersion - August to May 2020

    • Culmination - May 2020

    • Six-month fellowship concludes December 20, 2019.  

 

  • When should I expect to hear back from the program?

    • Notifications will be sent out in June. Please do not call our office, our receptionist will not have an answer for you.

 

  • What does the selection process look like?

    • The selection committee reviews all applications and select semi-finalists for an interview. Semi-finalist will be notified in June for an interview.

    • Once all interviews have concluded the selection committee will select a finalist pool.  

    • Finalists are offered a position and have 1-week to accept or decline.

 

  • Where will the interviews take place?

    • Interviews will take place at the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs located at 50 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco 94102.

 

  • What if I don’t live in the Bay Area, will OCEIA cover my travel expense?

    • No, you are responsible for your own travel expenses to attend the interview.

 

Host Org Placement & Matching

 

  • How will I be placed with a community organization?

    • Placement and matching will take place in July. Placements are determined in four phases.

    • Phase 1: Visit all the nonprofit organizations accepted into the program. Fellows can meet the supervisors, tour the office, and ask questions about the projects you’ll be assigned.  

    • Phase 2: Fellows & host sites submit their top choices for phone interviews after site visits and reviewing applications.

    • Phase 3: Phone interviews & final submission of top choices.

    • Phase 4: The program coordinator makes the final selection and matches fellows with a host organization.

 

  • Can Fellows be hired after the Fellowship?

    • Fellows are encouraged to network with their host agency. If an open position at an agency becomes available alumni can apply and maneuver through the agencies’ hiring process.

    • No position is ever guaranteed through this fellowship.

    • The program coordinator shares job postings and other opportunities with the DreamSF Alumni Network.

 

  • Are all the organizations located in San Francisco?

    • Yes, all organizations that participate in the fellowship are located in San Francisco.

    • Fellows commute to their site and are expected to budget their transportation costs.

    • Travel will not be reimbursed.

 

Seminar & Schedule

 

  • Do the 20 hours a week include the Friday seminars?

    • Yes, 4 hours are dedicated to seminars and 16 are dedicated to your host site weekly.

  • What are the Enrichment Seminars?

    • The seminars are a space for fellows to come together, foster comradery, network, and encourage each other’s development. The program coordinator invites guest speakers on a variety of topics to support fellows as they navigate their personal and professional development.

 

  • Will I be able to skip the Enrichment seminars if I have a class scheduled from 9:30 am -12:30 pm?

    • No, you must be able to attend the weekly seminars.

    • If you have a conflicting class, it is your responsibility to adjust your schedule to accommodate the seminar.

 

  • What will my schedule look like?

    • All participating organizations will work with their assigned fellow to create a unique schedule based on mutual availability.

    • All fellows are required to identify 16-hours a week to meet & work with their host site.

    • All fellows are required to attend the weekly seminars on Fridays.

 

  • Can I make up some of my hours on the weekend?

    • Most of our partner agencies are not open on the weekends. Do not assume you will have this option.

    • You must be able to accommodate 20 hours from Monday – Friday 9 - 6 PM.

    • There will be special events such as Naturalization workshops which you will be required to attend on Saturdays. The schedule is not confirmed.

 

Stipend

 

  • What is the Fellowship stipend?

    • Monthly fellows receive a $1,416 stipend.

    • The six-month fellowship stipend is $8,500 & the yearlong is $17,000.

 

  • When can I expect to receive my stipend?

    • Stipends will be issued monthly, fellows will receive a calendar. 

 

 

  • How will my hours and skills be tracked?

    • Program participants must submit weekly reflections tracking hours and skills developed in order to receive their stipend. 

 

  • Will my stipend be taxed when I file taxes?

    • We are not able to provide tax information. Please consult a certified tax agent for questions.

 

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

 

 

  • How long should my resume be?

    • A one-page resume is preferred.

 

  • Can I email my resume or CV?

    • No, any application submitted without a resume or CV will be considered incomplete.

 

  • What format must my resume be?

    • Resume's or CV must be saved as a pdf or doc, docx. 

 

Ready to Apply?

 

  • How do I apply to be a fellow?

    • Visit the Apply Now! page for details & info to prepare your application.

 

 

  • Can I save my application and return to it later?

    • Survey Monkey does not have a 'save' button, however, the website can save your application. You can only resume if you return to the same web browser and computer. Do not delete your cookies or history.

    • Example: use your personal laptop & open safari/chrome and do not delete cookies or history.

 

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