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We are Yale alumni who come from diverse backgrounds, including being 1st in our families or from underserved backgrounds to graduate from college or graduate school. We connect with each other to share our stories and have a positive impact on the lives of Yale students and alumni.
We celebrate diversity
1stGenYale is inclusive of all diversity: race, ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and family hardships.
How can alumni help?
❖ Organize career workshops, panel discussions and events, virtual and in person, on relevant topics to alumni and students.
❖ Connect with the Office of Career Strategy to offer summer internships or full-time employment for Yale students.
❖ Connect with fellow alumni and students in 1stGenYale on Cross Campus.
❖ Share your life & career experiences with students through 1stGenYale networking programs held twice a year on campus and many opportunities throughout the year.
❖ We are looking for alumni leaders to help us grow into a sustainable organization.
❖ Your ideas? Email us.
Alumni supporting alumni
Alumni & students in other cities
Sharing our stories
resources for students
Since 2020, 150 Yale College students have interned as 1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs around the world. They have received almost $500,000 in summer funding through the Center for International & Professional Experiences (CIPE). 1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs is an entirely Yale alumni volunteer-run program without direct funding from Yale. 1stGenYale, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, relies on donations to operate our programs.
Yale School of Public Health Professor Sarah Lowe, a 2021 and 2022 sponsor, highlights her experience, "It has been my pleasure to serve as a mentor for the 1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs program. I have been so impressed by my interns. They are intelligent, hardworking, and kind young people with a commitment to promoting social justice and community wellbeing. I feel very fortunate to have them as members of my research lab."