Career Services

The UndocuScholars Academy at UC Merced

Seminar Description:

The UndocuScholars Academy has been designed to empower undocumented students through a six-week, small group, interactive career seminar managed by the Center for Career and Professional Advancement. The seminars are co-facilitated by career specialists and guest speakers and focus on career development, resume, interviewing, and job/graduate school preparation. Skills all students will need in order to thrive in their careers. Participants will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of achievement and rewards for completion.

UndocuScholars Academy Outcomes:

  • Develop career awareness by exploring and researching occupations based off assessment results and employment trends 

  • Articulate a sense of self, identity and knowledge of their career path 

  • Increase career self-awareness through effective goal setting and decision-making 

  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication through resume/cv and cover letter 

  • Develop career confidence and readiness through networking and interviewing 

  • Develop knowledge of career-related opportunities on and off campus
  • Increase self-confidence in applying for internships and jobs 

  • Develop skills to plan and apply for post-baccalaureate education 

  • Engage with like-minded peers to develop career self-confidence in relation to identity and background 

Application Criteria: Interest in developing and enhancing professional development.

Program Incentives: As an incentive for full participation, participants will receive a gift card of 
$250.00 to Kohl’s Department Store and a certificate of achievement. 

Program Size: The program is restricted to 15 students per session in order to optimize interaction by all seminar members. 

Program Format: The program will meet every Friday for six (6) weeks each semester from 11:00am-12:30pm. Each session will include lunch for all of the participants. 
Program is offered both in Fall and Spring semesters.

Online Application/Deadline: Completed application must be submitted online using the following link:

Review/Notification: Selected applicants will be notified.

All participants must attend mandatory orientationFailure to attend orientation results in dismissal from the program.

For more information, please contact:    

Myra Fernandez
Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Career Specialist
(209) 228-4259

Center for Career and Professional Advancement

The Center for Career and Professional Advancement (CCPA) at UC Merced empowers students and alumni to reach their full potential by offering services in career development, experiential education, employment and graduate school.

Undocumented students, who have received consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), are eligible to work on the UC Merced campus. CCPA will advise students of the necessary I-9 documents they will need to provide before the time they enroll into the university’s payroll system.

CCPA assist students with their paraprofessional experiences and in their professional preparations. The following services assists students with their current and future opportunities