Twice a year, the DCSEU connects District residents with 5-month paid green externships working with local contractors and other organizations. The DCSEU works to connect District residents who are new to the workforce, between jobs, or looking for a career change with local contractors, businesses, municipal agencies, and other organizations in the green economy. Through job skills development, on-the-job training and certifications, direct work experience with mentors, and job placement assistance, the DCSEU helps externs discover new careers in sustainability.
The DCSEU partners with local contractors, businesses, municipal agencies, and other organizations to provide on-the-job training to District residents. Mentors play an essential role in crafting the externship experience and training for their specific workplaces with support from the DCSEU. 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.
Externships are open to District residents from all levels of experience. If you are new to the workforce, between jobs, or looking begin building a new career, all are welcome to discover new careers in the green workforce through the Workforce Development program. Externs will gain direct work experience with mentors, job and soft skill development, access to trainings and credentials in different energy efficiency topics, and job placement assistance all at no cost to them while earning at least DC’s living wage.
Over 20 DC employers have helped make it possible.
Success Stories & News from the Workforce Development Program Externs
Putting DC Residents on the Road to Success
Energy efficiency employs more than 2 million Americans, and is by far the largest sector in the U.S. clean economy. The DCSE...
Q&A: Gleniss Wade, DCSEU Workforce Development Program Manager
Gleniss Wade serves as the DCSEU’s Workforce Development Program Manager. The program works to connect District residents who...
Q & A with Yolanda Hayden, DCSEU Extern Working at WDC Solar
Meet one of DCSEU's Winter 2020 Externs! Yolanda Hayden is a Project Manager at WDC Solar.
More than 85% of externs go on to full-time positions after completing the program such as:
- Administrative Assistant
- Building Maintenance
- Electrical Engineer
- HVAC Helper
- Mechanical Engineer
- Program Assistant
- Project Assistant
- Solar Technician