CIWI 2016 Program Impact Video

The following video highlights the CIWI program from the eyes and experience of the interns. Check it out!

The 2017 CIWI Team included the following Sponsor Partners: Cahill Contractors, Nibbi Brothers, Tishman Speyer, Lendlease, Hanover Company, Gerding Edlen, Nautilus Group, Holland Partner Group, Urban Design Consulting Engineers, Interstice Architects, and Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services. 

In total, 11 sponsors participated in the CIWI program, representing a diverse blending of General Contractors, Real Estate Development firms, and a growing participation by Architects and Engineering firms.  Overall (2012-2017), our sponsors include the following:

CIWI 2017 was a remarkable year for the program - take a moment to check out our recent Accomplishments:

With six years under of our belt, CIWI continues to hold closely to our mission…to provide Access, Exposure, and Opportunities for lower-income college students (majority first generation) with an interest in Construction, Real Estate Development, A&E and Civic Engagement.

A quick snapshot includes the following key Accomplishments and Milestones (2012-2017):

Engagement and Outreach (2012-2017) 

  • CIWI has delivered 61 internships;
  • 100 percent of the internships have gone to students of color, including:
    • African American: 26 interns (43%)
    • Latino: 24 interns (39%)
    • Asian/Pacific Islander: 11 interns (18%)
  • In total, CIWI has achieved equity in its internship placements, with 30 secured by young women and 31 secure by young men.
  • Targeted outreach to core program market areas including San Francisco’s District 10 (Bayview/Hunters Point) and Oakland’s District 3 (Downtown Oakland/West Oakland), as well as Central and East Oakland.
  • Expanded partnerships with four key community-based educational organizations including: College Track, East Bay College Fund, and Juma Ventures and Lighthouse Community Charter High School (East Oakland).

In 2017, CIWI significantly expanded its funding, program, and partners as follows:

  • Private Sector. For the second year in a row, Lendlease sponsored CIWI at their annual golf tournament.  This year, Lendlease (and its extended subcontractor and key partner family) raised over $45,000, allowing for the development of an innovative and multi-year partnership with CIWI.  In total, Lendlease has invested over $100,000 in CIWI over the last two years, resulting in additional internship placements, funding for our Civic Engagement Program, and related and innovative programs planned for the 2018 program; and
  • Public Sector. For the second year in a row, CIWI has partnered and secured funding from SF PUC’s Project Learning Grant (PLG) program.  With this funding, we have been able to design and implement our LEED+Sustainable Infrastructure Program (L+SIP), delivering approximately 20 hours of targeted exposure and training in building and community sustainability each summer—what makes buildings and communities healthy and how to design and build healthy buildings.
  • New Industry Partner.  CIWI is thrilled to count United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as it latest industry partner.  This summer, our interns were invited to USGBC’s Greenerbuilder Conference (at the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, CA). Interns participated in guest speaker presentations, toured the many booths to learn about new technology and industry trends, as well as met USGBC’s Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC and Brenden McEneaney, Executive Director, US Green Building Council Northern California Chapter. 

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CIWI Major Accomplishments

The Construction Industry Workforce Initiative (CIWI) is a partnership of private sector construction and real estate development companies committed to expanding opportunities and enhancing the diversity of the construction industry workforce with an emphasis in the following fields: Construction, Real Estate Development, Architecture and Engineering,

Civic Engagement, and Urban Design.

CIWI is a program of Community Initiatives.