TechHire aims to level the playing field for tech jobs by providing opportunities for underrepresented and low- to moderate-income job seekers. The San Diego Workforce Partnership is leading the program to match talent from the following fields with internship and/or employment opportunities:
- Analytics (e.g., data analysis, business intelligence, database administration)
- Computer programming (e.g., website developer, software development)
- Multimedia and design (e.g., web design, graphic design, digital marketing)
- Network and support (e.g., IT systems, network administration, cyber security)
In addition to paid internships, this program provides:
- A career navigator who supports with resume building, interview preparation, career readiness assessment, and other employment resources
- Training opportunities to upskill your resume
- Exclusive access to TechHire hiring and networking events
To learn more about TechHire, contact TechHire@workforce.org.
Who It's For
- Ages 18 or older
- EITHER have education or training in a tech field to access an internship OR have a strong interest in technology to access training
- Black individuals who live in San Diego County
City of San Diego resident and come from a low- to moderate-income household or an underrepresented population (women, minorities, veterans, etc.)
This program offers help:
- Finding a temporary job or internship
- Finding a long-term job
Rebecca Beyene is completing a user experience (UX) design certificate through an ISA. She shared her experience with us–what she liked, learned and what advice she has for others who are considering TechHire.
Natalie Hickey is a current student who was looking for work experience. She joined the TechHire program and was placed as a digital marketing support intern with the San Diego Parks Foundation. Here Natalie tells us about her experience and what advice she has for others who are interested in finding a job.
JakeBryan Bonifacio is a full-time student who was looking for experience in the tech field. He discovered TechHire and was placed in an internship. Through his internship, JakeBryan was able to gain valuable experience that set him on a more defined career path. Here he tells us his story and shares advice for other job seekers.
Simon Eisinger was a participant in TechHire, a movement that aims to level the playing field for tech jobs. Here he tells us about how one of the training programs helped him prepare for employment.
Karen Castro was a participant of TechHire, a movement that aims to level the playing field for tech jobs. Here she tells her story of how the program helped her achieve her employment goals.
Mariia Sirenko knows firsthand the challenges of finding quality work as a creative. After applying for many entry level graphic design opportunities and not getting any responses through sites like Indeed.com, Facebook and Internship.com, she began to feel discouraged.
Jasmin Hernandez Santacruz was a second-year student at UC San Diego when she was selected to work as an intern for the Social Venture Digital Marketing Internship Program with City Heights Coffee House (CHCH) in the fall of 2017.
TechHire focuses on areas like digital marketing, software development and robotics. As the program has grown, a gap began to show in the form of an overabundance of TechHire candidates with IT (e.g. IT systems and network support) backgrounds and a relatively low demand for technicians, support specialists and other similar roles in San Diego caused by outsourcing. It was clear something needed to be done to help job seeking San Diegans get their foot in the revolving tech door.
Roberto Solis Rodriguez had the ideal situation—he scored a paid internship while in school and the company where he interned liked him so much he got hired on full time at the end of his internship, before he even completed
With the help of the TechHire team at the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Michael started in a paid internship at Journeys Map, an application that helps users land their dream job or career by charting career paths and sharing new occupations based on users’ interests. This internship was Michael’s first job in the U.S. that aligns closely with his interest in information assurance, the practice of assuring information and managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes.
“I never thought I would know anyone from Microsoft,” said Desjonae Hixon, who spoke at Opportunity Summit 2018: Initiate alongside Carmen Summers, the Southwest Region Technical Sales Director for Microsoft Public Cloud. The panel brought together youth who shared their personal experiences alongside