The Silicon Valley Organization is proud to announce that through a partnership between the City of San Jose, Strive San Jose, and the work2future Foundation, as well as the partnerships forged with four local school districts, it will be connecting paid summer internships to local high school students for a second year.

“Local internships can help at-risk youth develop the critical skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century economy,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “The continued partnership between SJ Works and Strive San Jose provides students with the practical work experience and the access to industry experts necessary to place them on a sustainable career path. I look forward to hearing about this year’s success stories and growing this partnership in the years to come.”

‚ÄúWorkforce development and readiness matters; to our businesses, our elected leaders, our educators and our communities,‚Äù said Matthew Mahood, The Silicon Valley Organization President & CEO. ‚ÄúWe are proud of the work being done through our Strive San Jose initiative and the partnerships we have forged to benefit students and businesses alike. The long-term economic impact of placing 200 local high school students into paid summer internships with local businesses across various industry sectors is immeasurable.  We are positively shaping these kids‚Äô outlook and perspective on potential future careers ‚Äù

Two hundred high school students enrolled in career courses at Campbell Union High School District, East Side Union High School District, Metropolitan Education District, and San José Unified School District have undergone soft-skills training with LinkedIn professionals and will interview with more than 100 participating businesses to be placed into paid summer internships.

“When East Side students are able to make connections to industry, these opportunities further enhance the quality of classroom learning offered by our 23 Career Pathway programs,” said Chris Funk, Superintendent of the East Side Union High School District. “These experiences help students connect the dots on how a rigorous academic program will help prepare them for lifelong career success. ESUHSD is committed to supporting our students in that capacity and we are thrilled to partner with The SVO to bring the business community together in support of our students.”

The Strive Internship Program pilot launched in 2016 with founding partner district ESUHSD and placed 41 students into paid summer internships with more than 30 SVO member businesses. Each student is placed with a local employer and works up to 20 hours a week for up to five weeks during the summer months.

Now, the program includes ESUHSD and three additional school districts, raising the number of students served from 41 to 200.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Strive San Jose to launch an innovative internship program that provides students with the opportunity to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real life experiences,” said Nancy Albarrán, San José Unified School District Superintendent. “This hands-on work with Silicon Valley companies will help prepare today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.”

Campbell Union High School District joins San Jose Unified and Metropolitan Education District as new partners in 2017.

 ‚ÄúWe look forward to expanding the partnership between our schools, higher education institutions, and other community partners to align education systems with career pathways,‚Äù said Robert Bravo, Campbell Union High School District Superintendent.  ‚ÄúAnd more importantly, we look forward to selecting an outstanding CUHSD student to work in our office this summer to provide input as we carry our work forward."

“Our students are prepared to thrive in college and careers,” said Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent of Metropolitan Education District. “Across 28 of our Career Technical Education courses, our teachers prepare high school students with the proper workplace etiquette. Students are taught to show up on time, dress professionally, and draw on over 500 hours of training. We’re happy to see these students shine as future leaders of Silicon Valley's workforce.”

The partnership with the City of San Jose’s San Jose Works program and work2future Foundation funds job readiness, financial education, case management and supportive services and provides wages to interns and HR support to participating business partners.

Partner businesses offering internships this summer include: 360 Payments; ABC Global Home Silicon Valley; Antsquare; Artik Art & Architecture; Be Well Insurance Solutions; Books Aloud, Inc.; California Sports Center; Cosmopolitan Catering; CreaTV San Jose; Erik's DeliCafe; Eternal health wellness acupuncture center; Fit3D; Hacker Dojo; Hilton San Jose; History San Jose; La Quinta Inn and Suites San Jose Airport; Maryann Bettencourt Allstate Insurance Agency; O.C. McDonald Company, Inc.; Precision Flooring Inc.; PSI; Quanten Electrical Contractor, Inc.; Reaching Out; Reel Eagle Studios; Rita's of San Jose; Santa Clara County Dental Society; Scoop Technologies, Inc.; Silicon Valley Association of Realtors; Solutions Office Interiors, Inc.; Steven Cotton Photography; The Silicon Valley Organization; West Valley Gymnastics School; Zenique Hotels DBA La Quinta Inn & Suites San Jose.


About the Campbell Union High School District

Offering a well-rounded education through a rich and comprehensive extracurricular program, Campbell Union High School District has served students in the communities of San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Santa Clara and Monte Sereno for more than 100 years. Our focus is on making education personal and relevant to our students – acknowledging the individuality of each student – and preparing them for a future of their own choosing. CUHSD serves over 7,700 students at five comprehensive campuses: Branham, Del Mar, Leigh, Prospect and Westmont High Schools. Our sixth site, Boynton High School, is an alternative school serving a variety of special needs in our community and was awarded the California Model School award. For more information:

About East Side Union High School District

East Side Union High School District, established in 1950, serves more than 23,000 students in grades 9-12 in San Jose, Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley). The district has approximately 2,021 employees. It has the seventh largest high school student enrollment in the state and the largest in northern California. The district’s mission is to align decisions to create safe, dynamic and relevant learning environments that inspire critical thinking, problem solving and innovation. For more information:

About Metropolitan Education District

MetroED provides Career Technical Education and academic programs to over 2,600 high school and adult students in Santa Clara County. From its campus located centrally in San Jose, California, the district operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. For more information:

About San José Unified

San José Unified is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow. We are reinventing the education system by bringing together teachers and staff with parents and students, inspiring each to discover their own greatness. Serving over 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to the Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system. For more information, please visit

About Strive San Jose

Strive San Jose is the education and workforce development program of The Silicon Valley Organization. It facilitates deep regional partnerships between schools, higher education institutions, employers, and other community partners to align education systems with career pathways. Current program partners include Campbell Union High School District, East Side Union High School District, and San Jos√© Unified School District. For more information: 

About The Silicon Valley Organization

The Silicon Valley Organization, formerly known as the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, is Silicon Valley’s premier business networking and advocacy, and economic development organization, representing nearly 1,400 employers and 300,000 employees throughout the greater Silicon Valley. It promotes a robust and sustainable regional economy by executing a set of strategic plans through four dedicated lines of business established to support business growth while improving the region’s quality of life. For more information:

About the San José Office of Economic Development

The San José Office of Economic Development is committed to a vital, competitive San José economy that increases prosperity for people and companies. OED guides the city’s economic strategy, provides assistance for business success, connects employers with trained workers, and provides art and cultural resources to our community. For more information, go to

About the City of San José

San José, Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest city in Northern California and the 10th largest city in the nation, with an ethnically diverse population of more than one million. San José was founded in 1777, once served as the state capital of California, and encompasses 180 square miles. The City’s website is

About Work2Future

The work2future Foundation is a nonprofit workforce development agency providing career advising, vocational training, and job placement services to over 4,000 Santa Clara County job seekers annually within the work2future Job Centers. They will provide career-counseling serves for the Strive San Jose interns and serve as the employer of record for Strive San Jose interns. It currently operates the San Jose Works program in partnership with the City of San Jose in addition to the County of Santa Clara’s Summer Employment Program for Foster Youth. For more information:

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