San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will officially launch its ninth annual CityWorks Summer Internship Program on June 29, offering 20 students from the Bayview/Hunters Point community important exposure to groundbreaking careers.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s CityWorks program will be conducted virtually for the first time. The paid internship opportunity, which is being managed by the SFPUC, it’s private contracting partners, Young Community Developers and Ignited, will help empower the 20 young adults by offering interactive projects and mentorship opportunities – showing them firsthand the vast career opportunities available to them within the utilities sector.
“Under normal circumstances, we would love to have our students onsite, but we still believe that this virtual CityWorks session can be incredibly helpful for our young leaders,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “By participating in this virtual practice, our interns will show that they can overcome adversity while demonstrating accountability and adaptability in real workplace environments. Even amid all the uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, we are excited to kick off another edition of this great internship program.”
Since its inception in 2012, CityWorks has aimed to have a positive impact on Southeast communities that include Bayview-Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, Sunnydale and Visitacion Valley.
The Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) is investing more than $2 billion to upgrade and modernize the Southeast Treatment Plant, San Francisco’s largest wastewater treatment plant that is located in Bayview-Hunters Point.
The internship program has since worked to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities within the fields of architecture and urban design, engineering, finance and accounting, communications and government relations, and operations and environmental management. Over the past eight years, CityWorks has provided nearly 100 young adults with a chance to explore a world of opportunity.
“YCD is excited to continue providing The CityWorks Internship virtually this summer” said Dion-Jay L. Brookter, Executive Director of Youth Community Developers. “We have been working with our Ignited partners to make sure this is a unique and impactful summer for our interns. These are unprecedented times that the interns have been taking in stride and we are excited to see the interns rise to the challenge.”
Participating engineering and construction firms that will host CityWorks interns include: AGS Inc., Brown and Caldwell, Carollo Engineers, CPM Partners, HDR Inc., Parsons, and Swinerton in addition to the SFPUC. SFPUC’s private firm partners and SFPUC staff will mentor interns who have a diverse range of interests including engineering, communications, and marketing and will provide interns with six weeks of on-the-job experience.
CityWorks is part of the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program, which invites private sector firms to give back locally to the communities in which they are performing work on behalf of the SFPUC. The SFPUC is the first public utility in the country to implement a Social Impact Program that advances corporate social responsibility as a part its competitive bidding process for professional services, alternative delivery, and energy procurement contracts.
Other examples of the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership program include the Maisin Scholar Awards, which provides scholarships for four college-bound students from San Francisco’s Southeast communities, and the Phoenix Fund, a small business assistance program for local companies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about the CityWorks Summer Internship Program, visit www.sfwater.org/cityworks.
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. The SFPUC’s mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.
About Young Community Developers
The mission of Young Community Developers, Inc. (YCD) is to empower and inspire Southeast Sector Residents to engage in employment and educational opportunities. Through comprehensive preparation and training techniques targeted towards enhancing workforce readiness coupled with an inclusive set of additional services, YCD seeks to assist in the removal of employment and education barriers for our disenfranchised residents. Learn more at www.ycdjobs.org.