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The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and internships for youth and adults.   These include unpaid internships, as well as short-term and on-going volunteer activities.  For further information contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at 916-808-8317 or Follow us on Twitter:  or visit us on Facebook:

The following are unpaid internships available at the City of Sacramento.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) Internships

Seeks interns or volunteers to assist with its various programs, including:

Art in Public Places — Provides visual art experiences in public locations through the production of temporary and permanent works of art in public places and rotating exhibitions at the Robert T. Matsui Gallery (at City Hall) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility Gallery.  A volunteer docent or tour guide program provides tours and presentations to the general public, community organizations, and students.

Grants and Cultural Programs — This program oversees the distribution of County and City funds to arts organizations in Sacramento, and cultivates professional development and stabilization of artists and arts groups.

Arts Education — Provides professional development to teaching artists, and produces arts education programs in Sacramento schools, social institutions, and other community organizations.

The work schedule and timeframe are flexible. SMAC’s office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the website at or call 916-808-3992.  If interested, please email a resume to:

Marketing Communications Intern - Sacramento Zoo

The Sacramento Zoo is looking for a motivated college intern who is pursuing a career in Marketing, Public Relations, Brand Management, or a related field. The Sacramento Zoo Marketing Communications Intern will report directly to the Director of External Affairs but will receive job duties and guidance from all members of the Marketing and External Affairs Department. The Marketing Intern will be responsible for maintaining marketing calendars, writing blogs, staff profiles and other material, photo and video collection and organization, social media support and a variety of other marketing duties. The Marketing Intern will participate in guest surveys and market research, and will help maintain some aspects of the Zoo’s social media presence. The intern must be available during the Summer 2017. All applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Brooke Coe, Volunteer Coordinator, at Final submission date is May 12, 2017.


Crocker Art Museum  - Summer Internship Opportunity
Education: Family Programs Intern

As part of its All About Families Initiative, the Crocker Art Museum provides engaging art experiences for infants, toddlers, preschool-age children, school groups, homeschoolers, teens, families, and multigenerational groups. The Family Programs Intern will provide valuable support for the Museum’s programs for our youngest visitors (ages 0-5) as well as for families with older children. 

• Pursuing an AA/BA/BFA in early childhood education, education, art, or related field
• Ability to responsibly engage in activities that require close contact with original works of art, hands-on experiences that explore art processes, and interactions with children
• Experience with and excitement for working with young children and their caregivers
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to bend, sit, stoop, and carry up to 40 pounds.
• Certain weekend days required.

The intern will assist Early Childhood Educators with the following:
• Interact with children and caregivers in an enthusiastic and professional manner.
• Maintain organization and cleanliness of Tot Land, the Crocker’s interactive gallery space for families with young children.
• Prepare art materials for programs
• Present or co-present programs to Museum visitors
• Research and develop ideas and lessons for gallery-based and studio-based programs
• Conduct data entry

• 12-14 weeks, June 2017- August 2017, at 10 hours per week
• Somewhat flexible schedule with weekend availability required

• Gain an inside perspective on general museum operations
• Strengthen interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors, partners, and staff
• Gain an understanding of program planning and facilitation for diverse audiences
• Hands on training in art and early childhood education
• Gallery teaching experience  
• Potential credit hours, dependent on school program

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to Michelle Steen, Early Childhood Educator II at

Social Media and Communications Intern

Importance of Position: The Social Media and Communications Intern or Volunteer  assists with and coordinates social media as well as a variety of communications and marketing tasks for the City of Sacramento Volunteer Program. This position will offer an intern or volunteer the opportunity to experience city government while working on a variety of topics that directly impact the community and to utilize their marketing and communications skills.



Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:


Knowledge of and experience using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.)

Concise and creative writing skills

Ability to multi-task and self-motivate

Strong communications skills 

Microsoft Office Suite

Graphic design skills

Communications, public relations, marketing or journalism experience

Some photography and video experience is a plus.



Duties and Responsibilities (List specific tasks to be done by the volunteer):


  1. Manage and engage in a variety of social media platforms

  2. Draft a consistent schedule of content for various social media channels

  3. Analyze and track impressions and engagement across platforms

  4. Support relevant community influencers

  5. Research social media trends and innovations

  6. Participate in the production of multimedia content for marketing

  7. Create e-newsletters

  8. Post volunteer opportunities on a variety of online platforms

  9. Create flyers and other promotional materials

  10. Create social media toolkits to assist with promotion

  11. Assist with planning volunteer events such as volunteer fairs, orientations, trainings, volunteer coordinator meetings, etc.

  12. Serve as brand ambassador at meetings, community events and volunteer fairs

  13. Administrative duties as needed

  14. Other duties as assigned  

Contact:  Mary Lynn Perry, or call:  916-808-8317.


To Apply:  Complete your application online:      Please attach your resume and writing samples.


Office Assistant - Department of Human Resources

Importance of Position:  The individual fulfilling these duties is part of the Department of Human Resources for the City of Sacramento.  It’s very important that the initial impression be professional. Confidentiality and integrity are of utmost importance.


Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment: The Office Assistant needs to have comfort with the Microsoft Office Suite and have a professional phone manner, be a quick study and able to be highly discreet and keep all information confidential.  Ability to file, general computer skills, fluency in English, patience and professionalism required.  Willingness to learn new computer software and programs important.


Duties and Responsibilities (List specific tasks to be done by the volunteer):  The office assistant will scan, index, file, type, assist with mailings, work with databases and e-learning programs.


Training Provided: Orientation to the City’s programs and departments, written orientation handbook, on-the-job support and supervision.


Duration of assignment: This is an on-going position and will be filled as vacated.


Hours Needed and Proposed Schedule:  Flexible schedule Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:00 pm. 8-10 hours per week for a semester (spring/summer/fall)


Assignment location: Historic City Hall, 1st Floor, 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


Benefits of Volunteering: 

Develop or improve office skills, support local government programs, gain references and work experience.


Grounds for Termination:  Volunteers will not be considered employees of the City of Sacramento.  All volunteers serve The City of Sacramento at will, and either the City of Sacramento or the volunteer may terminate the arrangement without notice or consideration.


Contact:  Mary Lynn Perry – or call:  916-808-8317.


Special Consideration:  Please acknowledge that you are able to perform the essential functions associated with this volunteer position, either with or without reasonable accommodation.  If you need reasonable accommodation, please contact the City’s Reasonable Accommodation coordinator at (916) 808-8795.


Apply online:


The City of Sacramento Department of Economic Development has developed an internship program to provide college students with an opportunity to learn more about the public sector, marketing and communications to develop their professional skills.  The role of the Web & Digital Marketing Intern is to be a part of the Economic Development Department and SEED Corporation Team to enhance and learn new skills in marketing, website management, social media and communications.


Potential Intern Projects:

  • Copy-edit/proof articles. Create compelling titles and summaries.
  • Select and edit compelling images.
  • Post articles and images in content management system.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of digital marketing plans for all online communications, including social media and e-newsletters.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Applicant must be enrolled in a college/university.

  • Web and social media savvy, with a keen awareness of the latest digital tools, platforms, etc.

  • Outgoing, detail-oriented, and organized.

  • Working knowledge of HTML and content management systems preferred.

  • Experience with Photoshop; Familiarity with video editing software and additional Adobe CS applications is a plus.

  • Strong experience writing and editing, preferably for the Web.

  • Ability to accurately proofread for grammar and punctuation, craft intriguing headlines, and summarize content is essential.

  • Strong organizational skills; ability to multitask and prioritize time and workload.

  • Applicant must have outstanding leadership, communication, interpersonal and customer service skills.

* All interns are encouraged to share ideas and actively participate in initiatives, and will assist in the overall Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations Strategy for the SEED Corporation.