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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 work 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 meetings. Recent milestones include:

  • Delivered Project Specific LEED training with several interns securing their USGBC/Green Associates certification;
  • Third Street Corridor. Partnerships, Collaborations, and Internships. Multi-year partnerships with several of the large development project, including Mission Rock (SFG+Tishman Speyer) and their general contractors, Potrero Power Station in partnership with PUC.
  • Growing commitment to learning about gentrification, Bay Area's housing market, and how to become the next generation of leaders to address these issues.

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