Paid Internship: City of San Jose Environmental Services
- CITY OF SAN JOSE
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVCIES DEPARTMENT
Environmental Services Department
Communications Division-Better Buildings Program
-- TERM OF ASSIGNMENT:
This internship is an 18 month commitment, which concludes in
September 2012. Interns may only work with the City of San José for up
to two calendar years (2080 hours cumulative). Candidate must be
enrolled in a graduate program during the internship.
-- HOURS PER WEEK:
20 hours per week during school year; 40 hour per week during summer/
$13.70 - $20.25 depending on experience
-- ABOUT THE CITY’S ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
The City of San José’s Environmental Services Department (ESD) is
dedicated to providing a sustainable environment for residents and
businesses while preserving our beautiful and unique natural habitats.
In 2007, the City adopted the Green Vision, a fifteen-year plan to
transform San José into a world center of Clean Technology innovation,
promote cutting-edge sustainable practices, and demonstrate that the
goals of economic growth, environmental stewardship and fiscal
responsibility are inextricably linked. ESD has a leadership role in
achieving the ten ambitious Green Vision goals while also responsible
for day-to-day operations and services for treating wastewater,
collecting garbage and recycling, providing drinking and recycled
water, and protecting the region’s watershed. Visit www.sanjoseca.gov/esd
and www.sanjoseca.gov/greenvision to learn more about the City’s
Environmental Services Department and the Green Vision, respectively.
-- WHY INTERN WITH US?
As an intern, you will receive hands-on experience in marketing and
outreach in one of the City’s most visible departments. The
department’s award-winning and cutting-edge programs and services are
recognized nationally as models for environmental leadership and
-- INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The San José-Retrofit California Whole Neighborhood Energy Efficiency
and Workforce Development Program, also known as Better Buildings
Program, is a grant funded program through the United States
Department of Energy for American Resource and Recovery Act (ARRA).
This program is a collaborative effort between broad-based public and
private partners to pioneer new and innovative program models that
will rapidly accelerate building energy retrofits across the state and
achieve deep market penetration in focused geographic areas.
For San José’s Better Buildings Program, the focus will be on a
specific low to moderate income neighborhood in San José to
significantly improve energy efficiency. The targeted neighborhood for
this project is the East San José Weed and Seed Area, located in the
Strong Neighborhood Initiatives Redevelopment Project Area in the East
Valley/680 Communities and KONA Areas, namely the Dorsa and Tully-
Ocala-Capitol-King Neighborhood Association (TOCKNA) Neighborhoods.
This project will include integrating a variety of energy efficiency
retrofit and housing rehabilitation services; workforce development;
and additional neighborhood improvement activities. This project will
create and demonstrate an integrated, streamlined approach by
targeting specific building types, outreach methods and energy uses to
achieve 50 percent reduction in energy consumption.
-- INTERNSHIP DUTIES
The internship will assist staff with marketing and outreach efforts
which include, but are not limited to:
• Implementation of a Neighborhood Communication and Marketing Plan
• Outreach to neighborhood organizations, community leaders and
• Assist with event and training workshop coordination
• Assist with business and retrofit contractor identification
• Respond to resident and business inquires
• Clip new stories
• Develop a media database for specific project
• Draft press releases and media advisories
• Assist with development and production of program collateral:
design concept, content development, vendor management and print
• Develop an initial best practices guidebook
• Develop a resource guide for various public and private sectors
Research and Data
• Assist in data research
• Partner with local university on community assessment based on
economics, language, culture and technology availability
Current enrollment in a graduate program at an accredited college or
university is required. Preferable degree/major areas would be
marketing, business administration, public relations and mass
communications. Other degree/major areas are welcome to apply. Strong
writing and oral communication skills and experience in marketing and
outreach are desirable.
-- HOW TO APPLY?
Submit a cover letter and resume to sarah.sanchez@...
Subject line – Better Buildings Graduate Internship
Interviews will be conducted as candidates are identified. This
posting will close when the City selects an intern for this position.
If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Sanchez at (408)
975-2596 or via e-mail at sarah.sanchez@....
Please visit the City’s student website at www.sanjoseca.gov/students/
for resources and information.