San Francisco, CA— The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Young Community Developers (YCD) are now accepting applications for the 2019 SSIP CityWorks Internship Program. The program provides paid summer internships to young adults ages 16 to 19 from the Bayview-Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Sunnydale and Potrero Hill neighborhoods in San Francisco.
“As a former City and County of San Francisco intern, I know firsthand the power that internships can have on exposing, inspiring and preparing young people for job opportunities,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “At a time when utilities nationwide have aging workforces and growing infrastructure needs, SSIP CityWorks is connecting the next generation of workers to jobs in this industry and ensuring they have pathways into careers that design, build and maintain the critical systems for our communities.”
The SFPUC established SSIP CityWorks in 2012 to increase the number of women and people of color in architecture, engineering, environmental management, communications, project management and related fields. YCD manages the ten-week-long internship program, which includes six weeks of on-the-job training at private engineering firms working on SFPUC’s Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP).
Since its inception, CityWorks has provided 147 internships with various organizations including the SFPUC, AECOM/Parsons, AGS, Dabri Inc., Carollo Engineers, CPM/Alta, Stantec, Brown and Caldwell, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, SOHA Engineers, CH2M, Structus, JACOBS and more. To date, nine previous CityWorks interns have completed college, 44 are currently attending college and eight recently graduated from high school.
“Over the past seven summers, it has been a privilege to watch SSIP CityWorks evolve while also witnessing the growth of our interns as they matriculate through the program, attend college and start careers,” said Dion-Jay Brookter, Deputy Director, YCD. “With these bright young professionals now entering the workforce, we are excited to see what the future holds.”
In addition to on-the-job training, SSIP CityWorks interns visit the SFPUC’s Southeast Treatment Plant and take an overnight trip to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. These trips provide interns with a tangible understanding of the Agency’s operations and services.
“SSIP CityWorks has sparked my interest in engineering even more,” said Sonia Davis, a 2018 SSIP CityWorks intern and junior at St. Ignatius Preparatory College School who interned with Stantec. “I want to major in Civil Engineering and go to grad school to do urban planning. I would definitely recommend this internship to someone looking to learn more about career options.”
SSIP CityWorks applications are due by Friday, March 29, 2019, at 5 p.m. To learn more about the program and download an application, visit: 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.
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 https://0391029.netsolhost.com/WordPress/