Internships & Scholarships
OUR RECENT INTERNS
Speaking with Laurien and looking over her resume, I see she is a young woman who was wise in her educational choices. After graduating form Menlo-Atherton High School, she obtained an A.A. In Studio Art from Foothill College, and a B.A. In Graphic Arts and Design from Notre Dame Namur University.
Yet in her career so far she has been working in retailing. While showing great work ethic and professionalism in retail, she sees that does not present a long-term career path that is promising for a fruitful life in Silicon Valley.A friend introduced Laurien to JobTrain, a local non-profit providing career training and guidance, who in turn introduced her to GROW. Laurien was ready for a change and something challenging. We facilitated her joining Gachina Landscape in their accounting department, where she has discovered a family atmosphere and a place that lends an artistic hand to the built environment.
When asked what she would like people to know about her, Laurien flashed that amazing smile and said “I love a challenge”.
GROW introduced Marquis Hollings to Fenwick & West in the summer of 2015, where as an intern he was successful in their facilities and caterering departments. This was Marquis very first job after graduating high school. Working that summer, Marquis earn enough to comfortably leave to attend West Valley College in the fall. After his first year at West Valley, Marquis tried retail at Target, but recently reached out to Fenwick & West and has returned to the work he loves.
Henry Bleisch has been a De Anza College student for two years, in addition to working at the Kirsch Center as an employee in the Environmental Studies Area. He strong interest in green buildings and technology, is pursuing an energy management certificate.
Henry participated in the Essentials of Facilities Management program, jointly provided by the IFMA Chapter of Silicon Valley and De Anza. At the conclusion of the course, GROW placed him a six week facilities management internship at NXP Semiconductor in San Jose.
He said he discovered his passion for facilities management, stating “in addition to learning about how to make facilities more sustainable, I found I like analyzing facilities to understand how they work, and use energy and water. This feeds my personal interest in science.
If you wish to consider an intern, please contact Bob Dills- BobD@groworganization.org
As GROW builds funding streams, we plan to offer scholarships to students and young FM professionals from diverse backgrounds to IFMA, AFE and BOMA educational programs. And we are committed to supporting scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in facility management or related fields through our partnership with the IFMA Foundation.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, needs and other criteria, including recommendations and career goals. The scholarship program is locally funded by donations from our sponsors and our fundraising event throughout the year.