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“Collaborating with Dream Summer has manifested into an array of advantages for our organization.
All interns have successfully managed to connect the LBIRC with the community in a very holistic
manner. The staff at the LBIRC have been able to provide close mentorship for all Dream Summer
interns, which has led to the development of cross generational and intersectional services for the
Long Beach immigrant community.”
—Dr. Kristine Zentgraf, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, Executive Director
What is Dream Summer?
The Dream Summer National Internship Program is a project of the UCLA Labor Center’s Dream Resource
Center. Moving into its fifth year, the Dream Summer program has provided 418 internship opportunities
to immigrant youth and allies throughout the nation. This 10-week internship program’s goals are to :
empower immigrant youth to be the next generation of social justice leaders through
leadership and professional development opportunities;
create safe and healing spaces for immigrant youth to connect with each other and explore
their identities;
and promote an intersectional, cross-racial, and multi-generational approach to social
justice that addresses the needs of immigrant communities.
What organizations can participate in Dream Summer?
Dream partners with organizations addressing issues intersecting with the experiences of immigrant
youth including educational access, health, mass incarceration and deportation, and issues affecting
Asian Pacific Islander, Afro, and LGBTQ undocumented communities. in the following cities**:
• San Francisco
• Oakland
• Los Angeles
• Santa Ana
• Long Beach
• San Bernardino
• Pomona
• San Diego
• Bakersfield
• Fresno
• Arvin
• Manhattan
• Brooklyn
• Queens
• The Bronx
*We will consider host organizations from other cities/states with priority to organizations that match
our goals and located in areas where we feel confident we can recruit strong intern candidates.
The Dream Resource Center also partners with an array of organizations across California to provide
Dream Summer participants with an internship that entail work on projects that address the
connections between health and immigrant rights. Selected interns lead projects on immigrant
wellness and health care access for undocumented and uninsured Californians. If you are an
organization interested in participating in Healthy CA, you can indicate that in your interest form. For
more information visit:
What are the general responsibilities of a host organization?
Provide a meaningful 10- week internship in which :
o An adequate orientation is provided to interns
o A work plan with clear roles and responsibilities is developed
o Feedback is provided to intern on a timeline manner
Provide mentorship and/or professional development opportunities as appropriate.
Communicate with Dream Summer coordinator as appropriate and on a timely manner.
Submit Dream Summer program evaluations.
Commitment of $7,000 per intern ($5,000 award to intern and $2,000 toward
training/program) or secure sponsorship from a foundation or the Dream Resource Center.
Dream Summer Key Dates
February 15th, 2015 Deadline to submit Interest form at
April 17th, 2015
Selection process for interns and host organizations concludes.
June 15 -17 , 2015 Intern Orientation Retreat: (with a possibility for additional day.)
June 22nd, 2015
Interns first day at organization
August 20 , 2015 Interns last day at organization
August 20th-22nd, 2015 Intern Closing Retreat
What is the process of becoming a host organization?
1. Submit an interest form at by Feb 15th, 2015.
2. Dream Summer staff will contact you to follow up with next steps on the selection
3. If you are selected as a host organization, you will have the option of selecting your inter from
a pre-selected pool of candidates.
4. Selected organizations will be expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining
the responsibilities of the host organization and Dream Summer.
Contact Information: For more information contact Laura Flores at or 213-480-4155 Ext 221.
Organizations interested in participating in the Healthy CA project of Dream Summer contact
Alma Leyva at 213-480-4155 x207 or contact either coordinator at [email protected]