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Pay Rate: $15.00 per hour 
Dates: Starting as early as June 15, 2020 and ending on or before August 7, 2020.
Hours: 20 hours per week, flexible and variable start/end times depending on projects
Location: 400 Oyster Point Blvd. South San Francisco, CA 94080

Description: is San Mateo County's Transportation Demand Management agency.  We work with employers and commuters throughout the county encouraging the use of alternative transportation including carpools, vanpools, public transit, bicycling, walking and telework.  The summer intern will work on a range of projects with the Commuter Programs team.  Additionally, the summer intern will participate in offsite outreach events where we educate and reward commuters.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for sustainability, an interest in social science, and the ability to work alone or in a team environment.

Intern Qualities:

  • Students with interests in sustainability, research, social science, customer service.

Instructions to Apply

City of Burlingame

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Pay Rate: $15 per hour

Dates: June 22, 2020 to August 7, 2020

Hours: 20-30 hours a week (flexible)

Location: 501 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

Department: Public Works and Sustainability

Description:  The City of Burlingame is offering one 7-week paid summer internship position.  the student intern will be working with the Public Works and Sustainability Departments to craft messages for public outreach.  These messages will promote sustainable behaviors in stormwater pollution prevention, clean transportation, energy efficiency, water conservation, and more.  This position will involve creating content for online publishing on the City's social media platforms and other forms of outreach, such as utility bill inserts, fact sheets, and more.

Intern Qualities:

  • Can follow directions including oral and written instructions.
  • Can work independently.
  • Have good written and oral communication skills.
  • Have basic computer knowledge and skills.
  • Experience with social media (specifically Facebook and Instagram) and graphic design.

Instructions to Apply

County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability

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Formed in July 2014 as a part of the County Manager’s Office, the Office of Sustainability strives to improve the sustainability of the County’s operations and the greater community through work in areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency; resource conservation; alternative transportation; and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Address: 455 County Center – 4th floor, Redwood City, CA

Our building is a 5-minute walk from the Redwood City Caltrain station. Interns will receive a free Caltrain “GoPass” for unlimited train travel during the internship period.

Pay rate: $17.51 per hour

Dates: June 8 – August 7, 2020

Hours: 20 hours per week. Schedule is flexible; work hours will be set at the beginning of the internship

Desired Qualities:

Proactive, ability to work independently, ability to follow directions, ability to communicate well (written and verbal)

Job Responsibilities:

Depending on their interests, interns will work on one or more projects related to our core program areas:

  • Climate Change: climate action planning, climate change preparedness, sea level rise, Sustainability Academy
  • Energy & Water: energy efficiency, water conservation, groundwater, renewable energy, stormwater diversion, electric vehicles
  • Livable Communities: active transportation, employee commute programs, affordable housing, second units
  • Waste Reduction: edible food recovery, composting, recycling, fix-it clinics, construction & demolition, hazardous waste & electronics recycling, illegal dumping & litter

Interns will work independently and in collaboration with existing teams. Day-to-day activities may include participating in meetings, preparing for or assisting with community outreach, and attending events. Interns will also get the opportunity to meet regularly with a mentor.

Unique Skills or Education:

No specific educational background or experience is necessary, but an interest in the environment and/or social equity is desired.

Instructions to Apply

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity

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Rising Sun Center for Opportunity (formerly Rising Sun Energy Center) is a premier workforce development and community resilience non-profit serving the Bay Area and San Joaquin County. We offer two programs, Climate Careers and Opportunity Build, that give youth and adults the training and experience they need to access sustainable career pathways and to maximize their potential.

 For more information about Rising Sun, please visit

 The Climate Careers Program

The Climate Careers program was started by a small group of high schoolers as a way to take direct environmental action in their community. In 2020, youth participants will have the opportunity to build their resume and professional skillset through work-based learning as Energy Specialists and Leaders in Field Training. Energy Specialist participants will:

  • Get PAID to participate in weekly Professional Development workshops to help you with career skills – resumes, interview skills, networking, and more!
  • Get PAID to deliver the Green House Call service, gaining knowledge and work experience in the sustainability field that looks great on your resume
  • Leave the program with a professional portfolio that will help you get your next job
  • Gain post-summer access to Climate Careers alumni events

The Climate Careers Program (Energy Specialist) is for young people ages 15-22 from low income households and/or other disadvantaging circumstances.

The Energy Specialist Position

Primary Responsibility: Deliver no-cost Green House Calls

  • Work with a partner to visit 3-5 homes in your community per day (by appointment!) to help residents save water and energy
  • Carry out a basic energy and water use assessment and replace inefficient measures with energy- and water-saving devices

Other Responsibilities:

  • Learn the ins and outs of home energy efficiency and how small changes in a home can help save money on utility bills and save the environment
  • Participate in weekly professional development workshops
  • Assist your managers as needed in the tasks needed to run a Climate Careers office, including, but not limited to: scheduling appointments by phone, daily tracking of materials, inventory, and keeping the office neat and tidy

Program Details: Pay, Office Locations, and Schedule

  • Energy Specialist (non-driver) pay: $16.59/hour*
  • Energy Specialist Driver pay: $17.09/hour* plus mileage reimbursement at the federal rate ($.58 per mile)
  • Approximate office locations: Southern San Francisco, Redwood City

*These wages have not been finalized and are subject to change. However, they will not go any lower than the wage listed.

Program Dates: June 22 - August 7, 2020*

Paid Training Week

Earn and Learn Schedule

Late Days Schedule

June 22 - June 26*

July 2 - August 7*

July XX and July XX*

9:30am - 5:00pm

10:30am - 6:00pm

12:00pm - 7:30pm



Two Days

Energy Specialist Requirements

  • Able to participate in the full 7-week program (June 22 – August 7, 2019)*
  • Able to independently get to and from the site location each day
  • Able to maintain a professional appearance and attitude, including adhering to the dress code (Rising Sun provides uniform polo shirts)
  • An effective communicator with strong presentation skills or a desire to develop these skills

*Dates have not been finalized and are subject to change. However, the summer program will adhere to the San Mateo School District dates, and therefore will not run during Spring or Fall San Mateo school programming.

Energy Specialist *Driver* Requirements

If you meet the above requirements for the Energy Specialist, but also:

  • Are 18-22 years old with everyday use of a car, valid driver’s license, and auto insurance
  • Can pass a Motor Vehicle record check for safe driving

Then you are qualified to be an Energy Specialist Driver (ESD). ESDs do the same work as Energy Specialists but get paid more to drive themselves and their partners to and from local appointments using their own car.

It’s not just another summer job – it’s a chance to participate in a program where you can make a difference in your community and for the environment, while gaining valuable skills and work experience!

Rising Sun is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Rising Sun is committed to diversity and considers all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability status. EOE/AA/Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Instructions to Apply

Republic Services of Daly City

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Republic Services of Daly City offers one 4-6 week paid internship. Summer internship application is due March 27, 2020.


Republic Services of Daly City provides recycling, compost and garbage collection services; and education and outreach to residents and businesses in the City of Daly City and Colma.

Address: 1680 Edgeworth Ave, Daly City, CA 94015

Job Responsibilities:

Interns will develop an understanding of our programs and services, State recycling mandates and general sustainability and environmental knowledge, what happens to the materials once they are collected, environmental impacts of our everyday actions, as well as general office skills.

Pay rate: $1,000 for the internship

Dates: June 8 – August 7, 2020 (Internship to occur over a 4-6 week period during this period.)

Hours: Up to 10 hours per week. Schedule is flexible; work hours will be set at the beginning of the internship.

Desired Qualities:

Proactive, ability to work independently, ability to follow directions, ability to communicate well (written and verbal).

Unique Skills or Education:

No specific educational background or experience is necessary, but an interest in the environment and/or social equity is desired.

Open to all in-coming seniors of Fall 2020 from Jefferson and Westmoor High Schools.

Instructions to Apply


San Mateo County Transit District

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Sustainability Internship

Pay Rate: $16.00/hour

Dates: June 15, 2020 to August 7, 2020 (8 weeks)

Internship Length: 160 hours maximum

Hours: 15-20 hours per week

Location: 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, CA 94070

Organization: San Mateo County Transit District

The San Mateo County Transit District is the administrative body for the principal public transit and transportation programs in San Mateo County: SamTrans bus service, including Redi-Wheels paratransit service, Caltrain commuter rail and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.

Internship Description:

The intern will support the Principal Sustainability Planner in tasks supporting sustainability activities at the District. The intern’s tasks will focus on increasing employee engagement on sustainability issues. This includes helping to plan “lunch and learn” events, researching and preparing informational materials, researching other organization’s sustainability programs, taking minutes at meetings.

Skills required for this role:

  • An understanding of and desire to drive sustainability issues
  • Able to take direction and work independently
  • Reliable and responsible for completing assignments from start to finish
  • Strong writing and communication skills (please submit a writing sample)
  • Willingness to ask questions and a positive attitude to learn
  • Experience with
    • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
    • Researching with internet browsers (Bing, Chrome, Firefox, etc.)

Instructions to Apply:

  1. To apply, click here.
  2. Fill out your name and email to get started.  Then click "Go to form."
  3. You will then see the electronic form. Make sure you completely fill out all the mandatory fields in red. Any field in yellow is optional. Here is a guide to help you applyStudents should indicate which internships they are interested in at the top of the application under "specific internship name." List every internship of interest under one application (i.e. students may apply for 1, 2, 3 or more internships so long as they are all listed).
  4. Once you have added all the information on the application, click the big red "Submit form" button.
  5. Next you will be prompted to type in your teacher's full name and email for a teacher recommendation. Double check that the teacher email is correct. Make sure to ask your teacher if they are willing to fill out a recommendation for you.
  6. Click "Send to this recipient" to finish your application portion for the internship.

A notification email will be sent once you have successfully uploaded your application.


Please feel free to contact CTE Director Dr. Vera Jacobson.

Karen Gnusti

Executive Director, College, Career and Secondary Education


Phone: (650) 802-5331

Doron Markus

Coordinator, Career Technical Education (CTE)


Phone: (650) 802-5405

Rubie Macaraeg

Coordinator, Career Technical Education (CTE)


Phone: (650) 802-5336

Katia Sturtevant

Administrative Assistant


Phone: (650) 802-5481