Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers clinical services, such as therapy and psychiatric care, 24/7 support, and a range of workshops and small groups to provide a range of resources for Penn students’ mental well-being including providers trained to assist students with cultural and family of origin concerns. Many services at CAPS are covered under the Campus Health Fee that every student pays each year so no student should be deterred by the costs of accessing these services. Call 215-898-7021 and press 1 to talk to a clinician 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or drop in at 3624 Market Street, First Floor West.
Student Health Service (SHS) is a the primary care division of Wellness at Penn. Our state-of-the-art medical and center is designed to provide high-quality, compassionate care for students during their academic journey. Our dedicated team is committed to the health and well-being of Penn students, and providing safe, accessible, cost-effective, culturally-sensitive, and student-focused care. Our team provides care for acute and chronic health problems, preventive health services, health and wellness education. Wellness at Penn works in close collaboration with our partners in the University Life Division, and with our colleagues in the University of Pennsylvania Health System to help ensure the health and wellness of the campus community. Call 215-746-3535 to make an appointment or access the portal on the SHS website.
Disclosing Your Status to Employers
It can be both confusing and stressful to decide when (and if) to disclose your immigration status to a potential employer. Understanding your employment rights is a critical first step. Additionally, while it is important throughout any job or internship process to provide information that is accurate and factual, the decision about when, if and to whom to disclose your status is entirely yours. Here is one immigrant’s take and advice on how, why and when to share your immigration status during an interview.
Sources of Funding
There are various DREAMer-eligible & focused funding resources to assist with costs associated for internship, graduate school and other funding to support professional development ventures.
DREAMer Friendly Employers
Check out our list of employers, who indicated as part of a recruitment survey conducted in 2015 by Penn and UCLA, and updated in 2019, that they were specifically interested in hiring DACA students. The list is broken down by industry.
In addition, these are companies who are considered DACA-friendly.
Life After College – Guide for Undocumented Students
This guide, published by Immigrants Rising, covers topics such as considering graduate schools, what types of internships and work options are available, and how to navigate the applications and forms associated with these processes
How to Fill Out Applications
Answering job or internship questions can be difficult. Here is a list of common questions that can legally be asked and what cannot by employers.
Alternatives to Employment
For undocumented students, there are several options for income-generating alternatives to traditional forms of employment.
Penn is committed to supporting admitted undergraduate students with DACA status or who are undocumented. Click here to learn more about available financial aid for undocumented students.
For other resources please reach out to University Life Access & Retention Fund: Emergency and Opportunity Grants or the Penn First Plus Office for DACA renewals.