Since 2003, the California Dream Network (CDN) – a program of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) – has been one of the leading organizations for immigrant youth in the State of California. The California Dream Network was created when immigrant students from Wise Up!– a high school program of CHIRLA – graduated and wanted to continue advocating for equal access to education while in college. Through the leadership of immigrant students and their allies, the CDN has been a leading force in defending and advocating for immigrant and undocumented students’ rights. The CDN organized and pushed for the passage of the California Dream Act (AB 130 and 131).

The California Dream Network Leadership Academy Internship is a seven-week non-paid summer internship where participants with a strong desire to get involved in their community will have the opportunity to learn about organizing and advocating for immigrant rights. Participants will have gained invaluable experience from shadowing and working alongside a CHIRLA Staff member. The California Dream Network Leadership Academy Internship will culminate with a team-based project emphasizing the skills learned throughout the program. The Summer Leadership Academy is offered to folks across the state


The Summer Leadership Academy will take place from June 28 to August 13, 2021 𝗩𝗜𝗔 𝗭𝗢𝗢𝗠. Last day to apply: June 4, 2021 at 11:59pm.
• We welcome all walks of life, whether you're only working, only studying, or doing both! If you have graduated, or are currently not attending school, you are welcome to apply.
• Must show a desire to advocate for immigrant and student rights.
• Must be able to commit to 4 hours minimum per week.
• Must be able to attend virtual bi-weekly meetings.



• Interns will be involved in leadership-building activities (such as workshops), and have the opportunity to engage in public speaking. [4 hours per week]
• Interns will learn how to organize event(s), and outreach to their communities via various outlets.
• Interns will participate in virtual social justice event(s).
• Interns will learn policy that relates to students and the immigrant community, such as AB 540, the CA Dream Act, the Dream & Promise Act, DACA, etc.
*Please note Summer Leadership Program Activities may vary as we respond to COVID-19*