FirstGenU is ANY’s virtual program developed specifically for first-generation college students and provided in partnership with the Morgan Stanley Institute for Inclusion. Through FirstGenU, students have access to a high-production online curriculum designed to help them build the skills and confidence needed to thrive in the workforce and are joining a community of first-generation peers who are also committed to career success. 

FirstGenU currently offers five courses that are focused on essential skills needed to attain professional internships and jobs. Each course is self-paced and takes less than an hour to complete. Learn more about each of our courses here or watch our demo video.

  • Connecting the Dots: College to Career 
  • Networking & Career Planning 
  • Preparing Application Materials 
  • Interview Skills 
  • Navigating Workspaces 

Joining FirstGenU  

Students can register for a FirstGenU Career Institute to gain access to our online curriculum. This is a FREE 6-week program during which students complete our self-paced courses and have the option to attend live, virtual events to dive deeper into the skills they are learning with their peers, America Needs You staff, and volunteers. Students complete all available courses during their FirstGenU Career Institute will earn a digital badge, access to a professional network, information about internships, and other exciting benefits. FirstGenU Career Institutes are offered several times throughout the year.  

The FirstGenU Career Institute: Spring 2023 will take place from Monday, February 20, through Sunday, April 2. Complete the brief registration form below by Wednesday, February 15, to join our next cohort.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be currently enrolled in college and completing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • You must be a first-generation college student, meaning that neither parent/guardian has earned a bachelor’s degree in any country

Info Sessions

Join an upcoming info session to learn more about FirstGenU:

  • Wednesday, February 8, at 7p EST / 6p CST / 5p MST / 4p PST [RSVP HERE]


To join FirstGenU, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be currently enrolled in college and completing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • You must be a first-generation college student, meaning that neither parent/guardian has earned a bachelor’s degree in any country

You will earn the following benefits after completing all five available courses during the FirstGenU Career Institute:

  • Digital badge acknowledging your completion of the FirstGenU Career Institute
  • Invitation to a virtual event to celebrate this accomplishment
  • Access to a network of 900+ real-world professionals for personalized career advice and networking through a partnership with CareerSpring
  • Exclusive access to a FirstGenU group on LinkedIn to share resources and connect with your peers
  • Monthly newsletter with information about internships and professional development opportunities 
  • Entry into an Amazon gift card raffle

Each of our five available courses takes less than an hour to complete, so participating in a FirstGenU Career Institute is approximately a five-hour commitment – that’s less than an hour per week during our six-week program! 

During each FirstGenU Career Institute, you will be invited to live, virtual events where you will have the opportunity to connect with you peers, our staff, and volunteers. These events are not required however we encourage you to attend to expand your network, practice the skills you are learning, and enhance your professional development. You will receive more information about these events during your time in the program. 

You will receive an email within a few days of registering for a FirstGenU Career Institute to confirm your acceptance to the program. Once the FirstGenU Career Institute officially begins, you will gain access to our online courses and receive weekly communications from us throughout the six-week program.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to FirstGenU@americaneedsyou.org

What Students Are Saying About FirstGenU

Partnering with FirstGenU

If you work for a college, university, or community-based organization that supports first-generation college students, we would love to partner with you! FirstGenU is a flexible program and can be offered to students in a variety of different ways. Please reach out to firstgenu@americaneedsyou.org to learn more.

The FirstGenU Experience


If you have questions about FirstGenU, please reach out to firstgenu@americaneedsyou.org.