Are you interested in hands-on work in the skilled trades? Jobs like mechanic, electrician, instrument technician and operator are in high demand, and union apprenticeships offer excellent benefits and advancement opportunities. Public agencies like San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) offer good job opportunities with career pathway jobs, and our programs will prepare you for them.

We currently offer 2 free programs:

  • Program 1: Los Medanos College Summer Internship Program in Water Agencies
  • Program 2: South Bay Summer Internship in Water Agencies

Our upcoming Summer Internships in Water Agencies will give community college students work experience as well as an introduction to skilled trades careers. 

The Summer Internships in Water Agencies Program provides:

  • Two separate internship programs: one for students at Los Medanos College and one commonly for college students in the South Bay
  • Paid internship at Bay Area water agencies
  • Introduction to trades job opportunities
  • Assistance with transportation and safety equipment costs
  • Post-internship job placement services & referrals to job openings with Bay Area agencies
  • Referral to local apprenticeship and civil service testing opportunities


Application Process:

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Eligible applicants with complete applications will receive a phone screening
  3. Those who pass the phone screening will be invited to interview with employers

Applications are now closed. Join our email list to learn about upcoming program dates and other JVS events.

We are accepting applications for the South Bay Summer Internship in Water Agencies Program. The deadline is April 17th at midnight.

Who is Hiring Our Graduates?

San Francisco Municipal Transportation, Waste Management of Alameda, MV Transportation, Cruise Automation

Our Utilities Team

Elizabeth Toups

Elizabeth Toups

Director of Utilities Programs

Elizabeth Toups has over 25 years of experience leading workforce education and training strategies, with particular expertise in the utilities and healthcare industries. In her role as Director of Utilities Training Programs, Elizabeth leads JVS’s efforts to build a more effective workforce pipeline leading to mission critical jobs in the public water/wastewater and transit sectors. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University.

Mario Flores

Mario Flores

Senior Coordinator, Utilities Programs

Mario has over 13 years of experience supporting students from underserved communities and helping them to enter their career pathways. He has extensive experience working with immigrants, economically disadvantaged and diverse populations. In his previous role, Mario helped develop a program connecting first-generation students with resources and supportive networks to help them achieve their academic goals. Now at JVS, he supports job seekers who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Coordinator, Utilities Programs

Mark prepared for the union and civil service exams by participating in the Laney College/JVS pilot math program, and he now mentors students who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades. “I get great satisfaction in my work here at JVS, and I enjoy seeing my students grow, achieve new levels of confidence, and become sought-after job seekers.”

Michael Kushner

Michael Kushner


Michael brings to JVS 16 years of experience in workforce development. In addition to serving as a manager on our Utilities team, Michael also serves as the manager of BAYWORK, a workforce consortium of over 35 water and wastewater utilities in the Greater Bay Area. Michael’s dual responsibilities are a reflection of the close cooperation between JVS and the utilities that make up BAYWORK. This collaboration gives the JVS Utilities team a high-level of access to leaders in the water sector, enhancing our ability to prepare clients for these well-paid and stable careers.


Los Medanos College Summer Intership and South Bay Internship Programs at Water Agencies

Dates: June 1, 2020 – August 28, 2020


LMC – Water/Wastewater Agencies in East Bay + North Bay
South Bay- Water/Wastewater Agencies in San Jose + Sunnyvale



  • Age 18 or older
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Enrolled in one of the following community college trades program
    • Water Resources Management
    • Maintenance Mechanic
    • Electronic Maintenance
  • Interest in water agency jobs
  • Proof of Select Services registration (males only)