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My experience on Alcatraz was incredible. I learned more than I ever imagined I would. The instruction was amazing and the industry contacts I have as a result of the experience will carry into my future career.
- Michelle, 2013
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Alcatraz: Housing is provided by CPI in partnership with the National Park Service. Housing is located in the Marin Headlands just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The site is located within the National Park along the Pacific Ocean, just minutes from downtown San Francisco. We are fortunate to share these NPS housing facilities with other Park programs; an experience that provides the opportunity to interact with interns from diverse backgrounds and interests who are all dedicated to stewardship of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Private bedrooms with shared kitchen and bath facilities. Local outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, road/mountain biking, etc.
Pearl Harbor: Active duty participant housing on local military bases
Individuals are required to provide their own steel toe work boots, long-sleeve work shirts, and full-length work pants
CPI program shirts, hats, and necessary Personal Protective Equipment provided
Fees & Deposits
Military active duty, veterans, and reservists pay no fees thanks to our generous sponsors
Military veterans and reservists may be offered a $500/month stipend for each of the three months of the program (subject to change)
CPI is unable to offer stipends for active duty military as per Federal regulations
$5000 fee for students and others payable upon session start date (subject to change)
Early Application - Submitted prior to one year ahead of session start date
Regular Application - Submitted 180-360 days prior to session start date - The possibility of admission is greatest with regular application
Expedited Application - Submitted 90-180 days prior to session start date - Applicants are accepted on space available basis
Special Circumstances Application - Submitted 7-90 days prior to session start date - Apply even if last minute, positions may open at any time due to late cancellations
Who Should Apply
Active duty military service members - click here to apply
May apply to either the Alcatraz Island or Pearl Harbor locations
Participate during their last 180 days of active duty service
Remain on active duty for the duration of the full-time 12-week CPI program
Military veterans, reservists, and dependents, college students, other young adults - click here to apply
May apply to participate in the Alcatraz location only
Any participant with exceptional performance may be encouraged to apply for a second session as a CPI Fellow at their current location or another CPI Field Training location across the United States
No prior experience necessary but must be at least 18 years of age
Alcatraz: Transportation to and from CPI housing and Alcatraz Island for training days is provided. Transportation to and from San Francisco at the beginning and end of a session and personal transportation outside of work hours are the responsibility of individual participants. The Marin Headlands housing is somewhat remote so individual cars are recommended; however, public transportation is available to points within and around San Francisco and the CPI van regularly stops at local stores to allow participants to purchase food and other necessities.
Pearl Harbor: Transportation is the responsibility of active duty military participants; CPI may assist with parking arrangements.
Optional & Recommended ltems
Alcatraz Program: Participants may want to consider bringing a camera, mountain or road bike, hiking boots, running shoes, light and heavy jackets for varying weather conditions, special small cooking equipment, fishing poles, and/or other reasonable items for physical fitness, site seeing, and recreation. If you are participating at the Alcatraz location, we recommend a Giant's baseball cap to wear in case you and your team decide to take the ferry across the San Francisco Bay to a Giant's game. We welcome patronage for other sports teams, but please note that we do take our SF Giants very seriously.
Pearl Harbor: Participants live on military base so off-work hours and activities are guided by customary military rules and expectations.
Training & inspiring military service members, connecting them to civilian careers in concrete, construction, and infrastructure while preserving national landmarks