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SFPUC Kicks Off CityWorks Summer Internship Program
Fifteen Bayview-Hunters Point students begin paid summer internship program sponsored by SFPUC’s social impact partners
Posted Date: 6/13/2019 10:15 AM
San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will officially launch its eighth CityWorks Summer Internship Program this Friday, offering 15 students from San Francisco’s Southeast neighborhoods real-world exposure to groundbreaking careers.

The paid internship program for high school and college students is made possible through a unique partnership between the SFPUC Social Impact Partnership Program, SFPUC’s private firm partners, and Young Community Developers (YCD).

“Nationwide, public utilities have increasing needs to design, build, upgrade and operate critical infrastructure,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “As a result, it is critical that the SFPUC and its partners equip the next generation of workers with the skills and competencies to be successful in the workforce. The CityWorks Summer Internship Program is connecting youth interns to exciting opportunities and career pathways in the utility sector.” 

This year’s CityWorks interns include: 
  • Phoebe Chen, 18, of UC Berkeley
  • Rufaro Chirairo, 18, of University of San Francisco
  • Travis Chong, 17, of Philip & Sala Burton High School
  • Sonia Davis, 17, of St. Ignatius College Prep
  • Jeremiah Goodman, 17, of Balboa High School
  • Danny He, 20, of UC Berkeley
  • Alvin Ho, 17, of Philip & Sala Burton High School
  • Mtoa Jones, 20, of City College of San Francisco
  • Ayanni King, 19, of San Francisco State University
  • Tu Le, 20, of San Francisco State University
  • Larry Mai, 19, of University of California Santa Barbara
  • Calvin Pollard, 22, of City College of San Francisco
  • Krystal Powell, 18, of Sacramento State University
  • Hasana Robinson, 19, of City College of San Francisco
  • D’Angelo Ross, 18, of Lincoln High School

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 seven years, CityWorks has provided more than 75 young adults with a chance to explore a world of opportunity. 


“The CityWorks internship program is something we (YCD) look forward to every summer,” said Lindsey Lopez, CityWorks coordinator at YCD. “The internship program continues to grow every year by raising the bar and setting high expectations for our interns. It's amazing to see our interns grow over the years and see that the investment in the CityWorks program has been truly beneficial to our community and our youth.”

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. 

The CityWorks internships are being offered in partnership with SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program, which invites private sector firm partners 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 of its competitive bidding process for professional services, alternative delivery and energy procurement contracts valued at $5 million or more.  

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.