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The Construction Industry Workforce Initiative (CIWI) includes two core components:


Internship Component: June through August (12 weeks), 20 hours per week, totaling 240 hours of direct experience.  Intern work scope varies by sponsor, but the following represents an overview of technical training and skills/work scope for our interns:

  • Project Management/Document Control
  • Attend Owner/Architect/Contractor meetings
  • Attend weekly design team coordination meetings, with Architect, Engineers, and other consultants
  • Participate in Project Site Visits and Inspections
  • Construction Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Due Diligence/Research
  • Contracts Document Development
  • Software Exposure: AutoCAD, Excel, Database Management, and Scheduling


Civic Engagement Component: 
Participating in community, civic and related industry and trade industry meetings.  Recent examples include the following:

  • Public Partners Meetings: SFPUC Commission, SF Commission for Community Investment and Infrastructure (CCII, former Redevelopment Agency Commission).
  • Industry Partner Meetings: SF Housing Action Coalition (SF HAC), AIA-SF, Association of AE Business Leaders (AEBL) and SPUR.
  • Meet and Greets: Recent meetings include time with Tiffany Bohee, Director, SF Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure and Lynette Gibson McEllhaney, City of Oakland District 3 City Council Member and Board President.

What is CIWI?

CIWI is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives (a 501c(3)) and a privately funded initiative targeted to young urban adults (18 to 21 years old and enrolled in a two- to four-year college) from lower-income households, many that are first generation Bay Area college students. The program is committed to providing career development opportunities for students with an interest in Construction, Real Estate Development, Architecture and Engineering, Civic Engagement and Urban Design.


CIWI goals are to provide direct construction industry work experience, a comprehensive leadership and mentor component, personal, educational and career development opportunities for young adults which may ultimately lead to pursuing education and career opportunities within the field.  


These young adults have been largely unrepresented in our industry at the professional level.  CIWI’s goal is to provide assistance and promote a path to long term employment in the Construction industry.

Our Mission