Ten Long Beach Unified School District students are getting an up-close view of construction management through the district’s new facilities development and planning internship.
The internship is designed to introduce students to construction and engineering career pathways through hands-on experience, mentorship and networking. Students begin their week shadowing seasoned facilities personnel at the district’s various construction sites. By midweek, they’re pouring over blueprints or discussing the fundamentals of building project management at local architectural, engineering and construction management offices. Lunch and learn workshops that highlight the career trajectories of key LBUSD facilities staff and contractors close out each week.
The immersive, paid internship began on June 21.
"With this internship, students have a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience and make valuable connections with practitioners in careers they’re considering," said David Miranda, LBUSD’s executive director of facilities development and planning. "And we, of course, have an opportunity to introduce the next generation of facilities professionals to the field."
The students, half of which are female, hail from Cabrillo, CAMS, McBride, Millikan, Poly and Wilson.
One such student is Daniel Hernandez, an aspiring mechanical engineer entering his senior year at McBride. The east Long Beach high school, constructed from the ground up thanks to Measure K, opened in 2013. Today, McBride is distinguished for its specialized academic and career pathways.
"This is my opportunity to really get a feel for what engineering is all about in a professional setting and develop the critical skills that will aid me in my future," said Hernandez.
Hernandez and other facilities interns reflect on their weekly experiences through writing exercises developed by the district’s Linked Learning office. The exercises will help inform a presentation on what they’ve learned over the course of the seven-week program. Students will deliver their presentations to the district's facilities' leadership team on the student’s last day on the job.
"As I enter my senior year, I know that right now is a critical time to be cognizant of the future and the many career choices that are out there," said Hernandez. "This internship really aligns with my interests."