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 2016 our partner employers were so satisfied with intern performance that:


of participating students were offered part time employment


of participating employers want to host interns next year

We can’t even fill all the internship positions that are available.

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.

Career Pathway offers students:

  • Paid Internships
  • Job Shadows
  • Career Days
  • Soft Skill Workshops
    • Resume Writing, Leadership & 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

How do business partners get involved with Pathways?

The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce vets potential business partners and connects them with ESUHSD through its Strive San Jose program. Learn more about Strive San Jose or contact Eddie Truong at

Participating SJSV Chamber Members:

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

  • Achievement Engineering Corp
  • American Cancer Society
  • BBSI
  • Bozzuto Insurance
  • Buzzub Inc.
  • Comcast
  • East Side Union High School District
  • Erik’s DeliCafe
  • Eternal Health Acupuncture Wellness Center
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Gould Evans Architects
  • Hayes Mansion
  • Hilton San Jose
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Motif Jewels
  • Opterra Energy Services
  • Quality Archiving
  • San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Clara County Construction Careers Association
  • SCG Foodspace
  • SGI Construction Management
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • Silicon Valley FACES
  • Stanford Engineering – CIFE
  • Strawn Construction
  • Stoddard Insurance Agency
  • Swinerton Management & Consulting
  • Van Pelt Construction
  • The Valley Transportation Authority

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.