First Generation College Students

Students who are the first in their family to attend college have the challenge of navigating an academic, financial, and social environment that is unfamiliar.  Career Development encourages First Generation students to begin early in their college years to create and work towards their career goal.  Assistance with exploring a major and researching careers to preparing job search documents and interviewing are all part of the process. 

The resources on the Career Development website will be helpful to all students; however, additional resources listed below may help provide an extra layer of understanding for those who are counted as First Generation college students.


Videos, checklists and insight from other First Generation students about preparing and surviving college.

Students who are passionate about social justice and are the first in their immediate family to attend college are eligible to apply for a FirstGEN Fellows 10-week internship in the D.C. area.