EXCEL Program

The UC San Francisco Excellence through Community Engagement & Learning (EXCEL) Program is a clerical/administrative training program which aims to develop the potential workforce in UCSF’s surrounding communities and provide San Francisco residents with access to health-field related employment opportunities.

Since its inception in 1998, the program has graduated over 200 community residents with a large percentage of these graduates succeeding in obtaining career employment throughout UCSF.  The program has now expanded to offer two cycles per year enrolling a total of approximately 40 interns.

The program is a work-based learning program that uses both classroom and on-the-job training to prepare participants for career path jobs in the healthcare sector.  After completing 10 weeks of computer, administrative, customer service, and medical terminology training at JVS, UCSF’s community-based training partner,  participants are placed in paid, four-month clerical/administrative internships within UCSF’s various departments, throughout both the campus and medical center.

EXCEL is an inter-departmental effort primarily coordinated by the Community and Government Relations department.  Other UCSF partners involved in the program include UCSF’s Interim Staffing Services, as well as the campus and medical center human resources departments. 

For more information about the EXCEL program or to learn how your department can host an EXCEL intern, please contact Damon Lew, Assistant Director of Community Relations, at dlew@cgr.ucsf.edu.

EXCEL Cycle 9 Recruitment
The deadline for application to EXCEL Cycle 9 has now closed.  Due to the high volume of applications received exceptions cannot be made for applications submitted after the March 6th deadline.

If you are interested in being added to the mailing list to receive updates about upcoming cycles please email community@cgr.ucsf.edu.


EXCEL Cycle 9 Orientation Presentation


Local Construction Hiring

As the second largest employer in the city and a major factor in the health of the city’s overall economy, UCSF recognizes that the construction of new facilities can financially benefit the neighborhoods around the campus, and the entire city.  UCSF will work with its construction contractors to ensure that qualified San Francisco residents—particularly those from neighborhoods closest to the various project sites—have access to construction jobs.

UCSF’s goals are to:

  • strengthen UCSF's economic contributions to the community,
  • increase employment opportunities for San Francisco residents, and
  • engage local unions in innovative partnerships

UCSF is voluntarily committing to establish a threshold for local hiring goals that is in compliance with the standards adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco.

In order to reach these goals UCSF has partnered with the Mission Hiring Hall (MHH), a respected San Francisco based non-profit organization experienced in managing employment outreach programs.  MHH will partner with UCSF on its local hiring intiative on building projects that have total construction cost greater than $5 million.

MHH will be responsible for identifying and acting on opportunities to meet UCSF's voluntary local hiring goals and encouraging contractors' good-faith hiring efforts; recruiting local qualified construction trade workers or apprentices through an effective community outreach; establishing and maintaining a database to capture contact information and work-readiness information for qualified San Francisco trades workers and apprentices; developing and implementing processes to refer workers to appropriate union locals, and addressing any conflicts resulting from the scope of the project.

If you would like to apply for a construction position with a UCSF project please complete and submit the following form:

Ready, Able & Qualified Local Craftsperson

Local Construction Hiring Updates

Mission Hall Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building 
The Mission Hall Global Health and Clinical Sciences Building, located at UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus, will allow UCSF to have one physical location for global health researchers, scientists and students, and will foster the University’s vision to be a leader in global health sciences.


Community Involvement

UCSF understands the important role we play in the economic health of the City and that is why we are working with our neighbors to help develop a vibrant, sustainable San Francisco workforce. UCSF Works for You is a monthly publication that brings you regular updates on our workforce development efforts in our local communities. We believe in fostering a spirit of honest communication, mutual understanding, and creative collaboration with the people whose neighborhoods and concerns we share. Click on the links below to view past editions of UCSF Works for You. 


UCSF Resources