The Desk

March 11, 2007

LAUSD Launches iSEE Internship Program

Filed under: Education and Training — Yvonne LaRose @ 8:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: February 27, 2007 – This information was provided by the listserv on UniteUs.com

Program Offers Gateway to Careers in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will launch the “I’m a Student Exploring Excellence” (iSEE) internship program to connect high school juniors and seniors to careers in architecture, engineering and construction on Saturday, March 17, 2007.

All LAUSD juniors and seniors are eligible for the iSEE program, which will offer a rigorous and engaging instructional environment in which to explore architecture, engineering and construction, and introduce students to aspects of the District’s $19.3 Billion New School Construction and Modernization Program.

Goals of the iSEE Internship Program include increasing the diversity of students entering the design and building industries and providing hands-on experience that enables students to be more college and career ready. In addition to establishing long-term mentorships for students, the program will also facilitate student access to college programs in architecture, engineering and construction management, and scholarship opportunities. Eligible graduates of the iSEE internship program will be connected to the LAUSD College Student Construction Management Intern Program for additional career development opportunities.

“It is exciting to launch a program that directly connects LAUSD students with our construction program and introduces them to the wide variety of career opportunities it offers,” said LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive Guy Mehula. “The iSEE program will add to our efforts to build the local workforce and strengthen the economy as we build and modernize schools throughout the District.”

Phase I of the iSEE Internship Program will provide students with an overview through a series of five class seminars, including an industry introduction and topic-specific seminars on Architecture, Construction and Construction Management. Students that successfully complete Phase I will move on to the Phase II Summer Internship Program, where students will be matched with Los Angeles architecture, engineering and construction management firms, in addition to construction companies and Labor Trade Unions, in a part or full-time, paid capacity.

An orientation for the iSEE internship program will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex Auditorium, 322 Lucas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Student intern applications and additional information are available online at http://www.laschools.org. Enrollment deadline for the program is Monday, March 26, 2007.

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