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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.

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:

Evaluation Intern (unpaid) - Crocker Art Museum

The Visitor Services Department is looking for a highly-motivated individual who is interested in how an art museum identifies and studies its audience and how it produces unique and engaging programs. Through our evaluation efforts, the Visitor Services, Education, Marketing, and Development departments strive to understand our visitors’ experience—who they are, why they come, what engages them, what they learn, and how they see art in their daily lives. This data is key to helping each department make the best data-based decisions to help improve our practice.


* Talented, enthusiastic, and ready to learn

* College student or recent graduate

* Interest in evaluation, data collection, data entry, and data analysis

* Strong people and communication skills

* Strong computer skills, including: MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

* Experience working independently

* Experience in SurveyGizmo a plus


The intern will assist the Director of Visitor Services with the Museum’s evaluation projects, these may include the following:

* Collect survey data out on the floor

* Enter data into SurveyGizmo

* Conduct observations within specific galleries

* Assist in the analysis and reporting of survey data

Internship period

* 5 months minimum

* February through the end of June 2017

* 8 - 10 hours per week, 1 or 2 days a week. The schedule can be flexible to take into account the student’s schedule.

* Some weekend hours are required for a special project.

* Special event days that intern must be available include:

o ArtMix | Vintage Swank, March 9

o Wonder Lab, March 19

o Twisted Sacratomato, March 30


* Learn and gain an in-depth understanding of evaluation

* Gain an understanding of general museum operations

* Gain interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors and staff

* Become more familiar with the operations of a nonprofit organization

* Free admission to the museum while an active intern


To apply, submit a cover letter and your resume to Michelle A. Maghari, Director of Visitor Services at

Education Intern: Community Engagement (unpaid)- Crocker Art Museum

Please attach your cover letter and resume to your email when applying.

The Crocker’s community engagement programs seeks to provide people with experiences that are influenced by the specific communities we serve. Interns provide valuable support in achieving this goal.

This is an opportunity to gain confidence in public speaking, learn about Sacramento communites, increase organizational skills and much more.


* Applicants who enjoy the company of children of all ages are qualified.

* Applicants who are bilingual in Spanish and English are qualified.

* Applicants who enjoy interacting with the community are qualified.

* Applicants with studio art or art history backgrounds are qualified.


* Serve as community liaison, ambassador, and advocate for the Crocker Art Museum

* Assist in implementation of community engagement experiences throughout specific Sacramento communities; must have transportation and be willing to transport supplies

* Assist Community Engagement staff with all phases of program development, including material preparation, supply purchase or acquisition, program implementation and evaluation

Internship period

March 18, 2017 – August 12, 2017. Minimum of 10 – 12 hours per week, which may increase during summer months.


* Gain interpersonal skills through interaction with community members and museum staff.

* Gain an understanding of community outreach as presented by the Crocker.

* Develop excellence in visitor services



Celina Gonzalez-Cortez, Art Corps Fellow 216 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 808-1059 Fax: (916) 808-7372

Curatorial Intern (unpaid) - Crocker Art Museum

Please attach your cover letter and resume to your email when applying.



* Strong writing, editing, and organizational skill

* College or university student, graduate student, or emerging museum professional

* Coursework in Art History or equivalent

* Computer skills, including: MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

* Previous research experience

* Ability to work independently and with acute attention to detail

* Fluent Spanish a plus


The Curatorial Intern will assist the Associate Curator with special projects related to temporary exhibitions and the Museum’s permanent collection. The Curatorial Intern position is unpaid. Responsibilities may include the following:

* Proofread manuscripts and assist with other tasks related to publication of exhibition catalogues

* Conduct research

* Write and/or edit draft label copy for artworks

* Assist with general clerical work

* Assist with special events

Internship Period

* 5 months minimum

* Beginning April 2017

* 8–10 hours per week, 1–2 days per week


* Experience working as an integrated member of the Curatorial Department

* Gain an understanding of interdepartmental museum operations

* General clerical experience

* Free admission to the museum while an active intern


To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to Stephanie Longoria, Public Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator


Sacramento Zoo-Volunteer Programs Intern

Unpaid Internship, up to 12 hours per week


To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to Brooke Coe, Volunteer Coordinator at . All candidates will be contacted directly, and finalists will be interviewed.


Job Description

The Sacramento Zoo Volunteer Programs Intern will work closely with and assist the Volunteer Coordinator with the on-site and online management of volunteers. The intern will be responsible for Diversity Statistics collection, developing guidelines for and writing Zoo Volunteer spotlight blogs, and will assist in developing a new recognition structure for the volunteers. The Intern may also be called upon to assist with administrative record-keeping, as well as the recruitment, screening, placement, evaluation and retention of volunteers in the program.



* This position is open to students currently enrolled in an academic program of study through a college or university.

* Preferred coursework in Communications, Leadership, Human Resources, Volunteer Management, or other related field.

* Strong organizational skills, enthusiastic, and maintain an upbeat demeanor and positive attitude

* Must be available to commit time for two semesters/quarters. Must also be willing to work some hours during breaks and holidays. Some evenings and weekends required.

* Desire to gain experience in supervising & coordinating volunteer activities.

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

* Ability to prioritize and adapt to fast-paced environment with multiple volunteer schedule changes.

* Computer skills: Microsoft Word and other programs within the Microsoft Office Suite. Familiarity with Better Impact and/or Volgistics database a plus.

* Capable of interacting positively within a variety of social, economic levels wherein volunteers may be recruited.

* Able to work with a minimum of supervision; excellent attention to detail, yet flexible.

* Must be willing to sign the City of Sacramento Indemnity and Hold Harmless form as well as* Must be willing to sign the City of Sacramento Indemnity and Hold Harmless form as well as follow all Zoo Policies and Procedures.

* Embrace and exhibit Zoo’s Core Values.


Duties and Responsibilities

*The intern chosen for this position will be the first within the department of Education- Volunteer Services. They will be included in and asked to greatly assist with the creation of the following programs, which currently do not exist. The intern will be involved on the ground floor and will be instrumental in creating these beneficial elements to the volunteer programs.

Diversity Statistics- communicate respectfully with volunteers to obtain and maintain accurate diversity statistics within all volunteer programs.

Volunteer Spotlight Blog- articles highlighting the various volunteers at the Zoo, to be showcased on the Zoo’s facebook page and blog.

Structured Volunteer Recognition- under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator, research and develop a timeline and process for volunteer service recognition, in all forms.

Other Duties

* Assist as needed with event volunteer management and planning.

* Create and maintain a daily schedule of Grounds volunteers.

* Ensure compliance with volunteer position descriptions and policies.

* Assist as needed with administrative record keeping.

* Other duties as assigned.


Reports To: Brooke Coe, Volunteer Coordinator

Schedule: Start date and schedule TBD based on student’s schedule. Must be available for some hours on either Wednesday or Thursday.


To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to Brooke Coe, Volunteer Coordinator at . All candidates will be contacted directly, and finalists will be interviewed.



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.



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: