Accelerating Silicon Valley’s Global Growth, Locally.

How does Silicon Valley deal with the critical shortage of skilled workers? Thanks to Career Pathways, innovative companies can partner with ESUHSD and develop talent locally. The assistance and guidance that our partners provide students throughout high school will translate into well-qualified and well-informed individuals upon graduation.

Career Pathways has already benefited students and employers alike. In 2019, our partner employers were so satisfied with intern performance that:


of participating employers were overall satisfied with the program


of participating employers are likely to host an intern again next summer

Businesses get a pipeline of skilled workers. But what’s in it for students?

When students sign up for Career Pathways, they get to explore what their field of interest looks like in the real-world. They connect their learning to the world of work and are mentored by professionals. They get to learn and apply the skillsets needed to thrive in the workforce.

Most of all, they get to feel they’re learning something highly relevant while creating their unique path to a successful future.

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Career Pathway offers students Work Based Learning Opportunities:

  • Paid Internships
  • Job Shadows
  • Career Days
  • Mentorships
  • Employability Training and Workshops
    • Resume Writing
    • Creating a LinkedIn Profile
    • Leadership skills
    • Interviewing skills

The student’s teachers also benefit from Career Pathways

Partners infuse the curriculum with the latest industry insights and provide professional development opportunities, including:

  • Externships
  • Industry Panels
  • Workshops
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ESUHSD CTE Multimedia Virtual Internship

In 2020, due to COVID-19, a virtual internship was offered to 61 high school students across our district. This video documents the experience of 12 interns from the Multimedia pathway at ESUHSD working with the team from CreaTV.

How do business partners get involved with Pathways?

DT Strategies vets potential business partners and connects them with ESUHSD through its Workforce Development program. To learn more contact Eddie Truong at or TL Dang at

Participating companies invested in our local talent pipeline during the 2020 internship:

San Jose Works Annual Celebration 2020 featuring Mayor Sam Liccardo, students, and sponsors

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In addition to these household names, students can also apply their internships or job shadowing to any number of participating smaller, local businesses.

  • 360 Payments
  • ACE Charter Schools
  • Achievement Engineering Corp
  • Action Spot
  • Adira Dance and Costume Inc
  • Alliance for Youth Achievement
  • American Cancer Society
  • Anago of the Bay Area
  • Bay Area News Group
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley
  • BPR Properties
  • Build Group
  • Built with Principle, Inc
  • California Sports Center
  • Campbell Chamber of Commerce
  • Cara Couture Invitations
  • Catholic Charities
  • ClubSport San Jose
  • Continuing Development Inc
  • CreaTV San Jose
  • Delta Machine
  • East Side Union High School District
  • Erik’s DeliCafe
  • Eternal Health & Wellness
  • FAIM Marketing
  • First Community Housing
  • Goodwill of Silicon Valley
  • HP Machine & Engineering, Inc
  • Hoge Fenton
  • Holiday Inn San Jose- Silicon Valley
  • Holly LaBarber DBA State Farm
  • Hospital Council of Northern and Central CA
  • iMentor
  • Intrepid Electronic System
  • Iron Construction
  • ITque, Inc.
  • JP Graphics
  • JW House
  • Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
  • Le Boulanger
  • LehighHanson
  • Life Services Alternatives
  • Lifemoves
  • LWG Construction
  • MetroEd
  • NeoPhotonics
  • Nextflex
  • Pacific Advisors
  • PEER Foundation
  • Petrinovich Pugh & Co
  • Power Knot LLC
  • Prospect Silicon Valley
  • Renaissance
  • Rose Electronics Distributing Company LLC
  • Sagacent Technologies
  • San Jose Jazz
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Santa Maria Urban Ministry
  • Showbird LLC dba Reel Eagle Studios
  • Smash Gyms
  • Solutions Office Interiors
  • The Del Grande Dealer Group
  • The Tabard Theatre Company
  • Valbridge Property Advisors
  • Way of Wellness Natural Healthcare Inc
  • Webcor Builders
  • Williams Party Rentals
  • Winchester Mystery House
  • Zell Associates

97% of participating students rated the program as excellent, very good, or good

I interned at Hayes Mansion and had a chance to shadow various departments. I was exposed to the stress of wedding days and saw how the general manager always remained completely professional and calm. I learned how to learned how to acquire a great deal of poise and provide outstanding customer service. I also interned under most of the executives, became quite competent in Synxix, Delphi and Opera and experienced important sales and marketing meetings.

I came to understand one of my main reasons Hayes Mansion is such a flourishing business is because all the associates maintain a high level of respect for one another. That is the key to success of any workplace, and I will always remember that.

Kristine Pham
Hospitality Pathway

Career Pathways helps today’s students become tomorrow’s professionals.

Hands-on learning lets students explore what it’s like to work in the field of their choice, whether at a small, local business or at one of Silicon Valley’s larger employers.