Project Pull is a paid summer internship program that is sponsored by the City and County of San Francisco through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).  Entering its 26th summer, Project Pull provides professional mentorship to highly motivated, promising high school students from the diverse communities within San Francisco.  During the eight-week program, our interns get a chance to explore careers in the "STEAM" fields by interning with a full-time City employees from various City departments.  The ultimate goal of Project Pull is to expose diverse and talented students to a work environment conducive to their personal growth and to draw young citizens to the public sector and perhaps into the workforce of the City and County of San Francisco.
Project Pull, co-founded in 1996 by Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. and the late Robert Mason, two city employees who felt strongly about the importance of providing positive opportunities for San Francisco's youth.  They believed that they could "pull" young people into public service by providing structured mentorship to highly motivated students who demonstrated an interest in the fields of architecture, business, engineering and science.  By pairing young people with professional employees in these fields, with the goal of instilling a sense of responsibility and civic pride, Project Pull teaches participants the skills they need to be successful in the future.
Project Pull is a living program.  Throughout the years, it has been able to adapt and change to address the needs of our San Francisco Youth.  Summer 2020 was no different.  Despite the global pandemic, and amidst San Francisco’s shelter in place order, Project Pull quickly shifted to a virtual platform and was able to continue providing our San Francisco youth with a meaningful summer experience.  After such a successful summer, Project Pull has now positioned itself to continue to be successful should it be required to be remote in following summers.