Workforce Development

The DCSEU works to connect District residents who are new to the workforce, between jobs, or looking for a career change with local contractors in the green economy. Through job skills development, on-the-job training and certifications, direct work experience with contractors, and job placement assistance, the DCSEU helps externs discover new careers in sustainability.


How We Do It

Twice a year, the DCSEU connects District residents with 6-month green externships working with local contractors and other organizations. Externs gain marketable job skills, certifications and work experience, and receive job placement assistance to discover new careers in sustainability. Employers get a chance to interview candidates while they are working to find the right person for the job, at little to no cost to their company.

These DC Employers Have Helped Make It Possible

  • Greenscape Environmental Services
  • Howard University
  • John G. Webster
  • Savage Technical Services
  • Energy Efficiency Experts
  • J.W. Marriott
  • Grid Alternatives
  • Kenergy Solar
  • Sigora Solar

More than 85% of externs go on to full-time positions after completing the program


Participants Have Gone On To The Following Careers

  • AutoCad Designer
  • Commercial Solar Installer
  • Electrical Helper
  • Engineer in Training
  • HVAC Technician
  • Sustainability Project Engineer/Project Manager

Find Out More

For more information on how to take part in the Workforce Development Program as either an extern or an employer, please call 202-479-2222 or e-mail the DCSEU.