Sustainable Infrastructure Careers

Virtual Internship Program 

Opportunities for All - San Francisco - June 15 to July 23, 2020

Thank you to our Sustainable Infrastruct

About the Program

During this 6-week virtual Summer program, thirty-nine (39) San Francisco Bay Area Interns and Fellows teamed up to develop and present virtual tours of the Bay Area’s environmental infrastructure. They learned about specific job requirements, salaries, and the educational pathways leading to careers in these vital infrastructure services.

They interacted with twenty-three (23) Bay Area and national professional guest speakers from the across the public, private, non-profit, advocacy, and educational sectors.

 

In doing so, the Interns:


● Built their knowledge base of “mission-critical” jobs in environmental infrastructure
● Networked with local and national professionals-including Bay Area employers.
● Gained an understanding of infrastructure career pathways and career-readiness
● Learned about the skills and training needed to qualify for these opportunities.

Program Outcomes

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Participants took a Post Program Knowledge and Interest Survey.  A graphical summary of their responses is shown to the left. 

  • 54% are now interested learning more about infrastructure careers

  • 80% want to learn more about job search tools and employment strategies. 

  • 71% want to expand their networks,  career, educational, and professional development opportunities ​

During the summer program, we also secured a number of additional resources on behalf of the Interns and Fellows:

  • Complementary professional level memberships were donated by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA)

  • One intern earned a three-week, on-campus transportation study scholarship for Summer 2021 from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

  • Two Fellows and one Intern had exploratory interviews; one with a law firm and two with a private energy firm.

Student Testimonials 

"I learned about how there are so many opportunities in the public infrastructure industry.

I learned about how all these careers are essentially crucial so there will always be demand for jobs." 

"I am now leaning towards working in the environmental infrastructure sector."

"There are many careers in sustainability, this includes those in the arts, private consulting, advocacy and activism, entrepreneurial, government and public service, non-profits, operations, and private industry."

"I appreciated the diversity of the speakers, especially regarding their backgrounds and how they got to their current employers."

"I am much less scared of presenting in front of a large [audience]”

"I am now looking into environmental law and considering it as a career path."

"I learned about what environmental justice is, which is the meaningful participation and fair treatment of all people regarding environmental regulations and laws."

 

"Environmental infrastructure is indispensable yet invisible to most. But thanks to this program, I can see it clearly now."

 

"I've already had a few informational interviews with professionals who spoke with us and I'm excited to career search."

 

"This program motivated me to look for more internship opportunities and start connecting with others through LinkedIn..." "...through OFA, I learned how to effectively use LinkedIn to network..."

OFA Intern and Fellow Final Presentations
Please feel free to browse presentations and click on presenters' names to see their LinkedIn profile

Intern Presentation for San Francisco Opportunities For All - 2020

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Intern Presentation for San Francisco Opportunities For All - 2020

Presented by:

Jasmine Lam

Justin Kwong

Mackenzie Williams

Justin Tieu

Andrew Lai

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Intern Presentation for San Francisco Opportunities For All - 2020

Presented by:

Alexander Nava

Charles Liu

Corinne Perriard

James Lin

Todd Satchell

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Intern Presentation for San Francisco Opportunities For All - 2020

Presented by:

Sam Lu

Cher Peng

Rianna Diaz

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Intern Presentation for San Francisco Opportunities For All - 2020

Presented by:

Winnie Quock

Luke Arceneaux

Kyle Cheng

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Intern Presentation for San Francisco Opportunities For All - 2020

Presented by:

Eduardo Marroquin

Shiyao Lin

Bonnie Yuen

Ruben Limon

Krystal Lam

Edmond Cheng

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Intern Presentation for San Francisco Opportunities For All - 2020

Presented by:

Frank Yu

Sam Mendez

Karen Situ

Janet Damian

Kellie Chan 

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Fellow Presentation for San Francisco Opportunities For All - 2020

Presented by:

Hannah Curtis

Jayline Dixon

Eduardo Marroquin
 

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Fellow Presentation for San Francisco Opportunities For All - 2020

Presented by:

Hannah Curtis

Jayline Dixon

Eduardo Marroquin
 

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Thank You to Our Program Sponsors!

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