FirstGEN is a ten-week, summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education. These individuals must be passionate about pursuing careers in social justice. Fellows gain hands-on experience working on civil rights matters as full time Public Policy and Social Justice interns while also participating in a parallel advocacy training program.  FirstGEN creates a greater community of advocates by linking emerging leaders with existing ones and by creating a FirstGEN alumni network.  Each fellow receives a $1,000 stipend.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) launched FirstGEN, during the summer of 2013, coinciding with the Lawyers’ Committee’s 50th anniversary.  Shortly after, the Washington D.C. office of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) agreed to become FirstGEN partnering organizations.

FirstGEN is a Lawyers’ Committee, NILC and CLINIC collaborative program, with the Lawyers’ Committee serving as program lead.  Each organization will host two fellows during the summer of 2014 and all six fellows will participate in a weekly advocacy training program.


  • Fellows must complete his or her freshman year before commencing this program.
  • Fellows must be first generation college students.
    • This means eligible candidates are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education.
    • Fellows must be currently enrolled either as full time or part time students.
    • Fellows must be able to reside in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for ten weeks during the length of this program.
      • Please note that the Lawyers’ Committee and NILC are located in downtown Washington, D.C., while CLINIC is located in Silver Spring, MD.

Financial Award:

  • $1,000 per fellow.

Check this link for more information: FirstGen