First Gen

Are you the first in your family to attend college? Welcome to the First Gen Affinity page.

Did you know these very accomplished individuals are also First Gens? 

  • Sonia Sotomayor: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United State
  • Michelle Kwan: Olympic Figure Skater
  • Michelle Obama: 44th First Lady of the United States.
  • Howard Schultz: Chairman and CEO of Starbucks.
  • Colin Powell: 65th Secretary of State of the United States.
  • Oprah Winfrey: Media Superstar.
  • Bill Clinton: 42nd President of the United States

What challenges are you faced with?  What questions do you have? Browse this page for alumni to engage with, events to attend, student organizations to consider joining, internships and jobs to explore, and blog posts to support your understanding of various career topics.

To discuss career opportunities, consider meeting with a career coach. Appointments can be scheduled to discuss Career Paths, Job Searches, Résumés, Interviews, Personal Statements, Professional Networking, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn to name a few. Click here to schedule your meeting with a career consultant specialized in serving a global student body.

Navigating Your College Career as a First Gen


Being a first-generation student is tough, but exciting. It was tough for me because I did not have people to help me with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). My family did not understand the struggles I was …

By Dominque Moore
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Research in Undergrad: The Black Experience

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During the Center for Career Development’s Internship, Research, and Co-Op month, a panel was held to highlight the experiences of Black undergraduate students who have done research at UConn outside of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Research on West …

By Dominque Moore
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Transportation Resources to Get You to Your Next Interview, Internship, or Job

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Transportation is a critical piece of the job and internship search process and can present an employment barrier for those who don’t have convenient reliable access. If you are able to drive and afford a car (and all the associated …

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Student Success Story: Efrain Torres III

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Efrain Torres (he/him/his) earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Community Studies and a Minor in Human Development and Families Science in May 2020. Since graduation, Efrain has gone on to pursue certifications in Construction Project Management and secure a …

By Susan Hyde-Wick
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Student Sucess Story: Bilal Tajildeen

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Bilal Tajildeen graduated in 2014 and majored in English.  He attended the Waterbury campus for his first two years, and completed his degree at Storrs. A lifelong Waterbury, CT resident, Bilal joined the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy team in 2020 …

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Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of individuals who join together based on common interests, backgrounds, or demographic factors. …

Boston University: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The SURF program was developed to promote access to graduate education for undergraduate students, especially those who come from underrepresented …

University of Pennsylvania: Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program

SUMR is a program that focuses on preparing undergraduate students from underrepresented minority groups in exploring the field of health …

Harvard Medical School: Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program

SHURP is a 10-week summer research program designed to provide underrepresented undergraduate students an opportunity to gain training and mentorship …


Trials is a summer program created in a partnership by Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, and the Advantage …

The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution has a variety of full-time and part-time internships for students who are interested in public policy related …