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

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 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

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 TL Dang at or Stephen Ngo at

Participating SVO Members investing in our local talent pipeline during the 2019 internships:

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

  • ACE Charter Schools
  • Achievement Engineering
  • Alert Security & Patrol
  • Bentek
  • Booster Fuels
  • Borton Petrini
  • Boys and Girls Club (Alum Rock)
  • BPR Properties
  • California Janitorial Supply Corp.
  • California Sports Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • ClubSport San Jose
  • Chick-Fil-A Tully
  • Dolce Hayes Mansion
  • Downtown Streets Team
  • El Camino Hospital
  • Empire Broadcasting
  • Erik’s DeliCafe
  • Fairmont
  • FAIM Marketing
  • Hoge Fenton
  • Intel
  • Intrepid Electronic System
  • Iron Construction
  • JP Graphics
  • Le Boulanger
  • Life Services Alternatives
  • LWG Construction
  • MetroEd
  • Nextflex
  • Naprotek Inc.
  • Opening Doors 2020
  • Open Tech Media Inc.
  • Pacific Advisors
  • PEER Foundation
  • Precision Swiss
  • Project HIRED
  • Red Orchid Design
  • Rose Electronics
  • San Francisco’s 49er’s Bay Area Host Committee
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • San Jose Conservation Corps
  • San Jose Downtown Association
  • So Gold Marketing LLC
  • Solutions Office Interiors
  • SVO
  • Team San Jose
  • The Mlnarik Law Group
  • Transwestern
  • Via Services
  • VTA
  • 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.