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

Environmental Health and Safety Intern

Importance of Position:

The intern will provide support for EH&S tasks. In addition the position is important for extending hands-on educational opportunities to volunteers for their University’s occupational health and safety program.


Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:

Admittance in a university-level occupational health and safety program

Knowledge of Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA laws and regulations

Knowledge of basic industrial hygiene

PPE: hard hat, steel-toed boots, eye protection


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

Assists with PowerPoint and training development

Setup and delivery of basic training topics

Scanning and filing training information

Assists with indoor air quality testing, sound level testing, respirator fit testing, and inspections


Training Provided:

Training to assist with scanning and filing training information, and with indoor air quality testing, sound level testing, respirator fit testing


Person supervising volunteer: 

EH&S Specialist and/or EH&S Officer


Duration of assignment:



Hours Needed and Proposed Schedule:

150, flexible schedule on week days during normal business hours


Assignment location:



Benefits of Volunteering: 


Work experience




Cha Yang

Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Human Resources Risk Management Division

Office: (916) 808-7232




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.


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 the opportunity 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):

  • Manage and engage in a variety of social media platforms
  • Draft a consistent schedule of content for various social media channels
  • Analyze and track impressions and engagement across platforms
  • Support relevant community influencers
  • Research social media trends and innovations
  • Participate in the production of multimedia content for marketing
  • Create e-newsletters
  • Post volunteer opportunities on a variety of online platforms
  • Create flyers and other promotional materials
  • Create social media toolkits to assist with promotion
  • Assist with planning volunteer events such as volunteer fairs, orientations, trainings, volunteer coordinator meetings, etc.
  • Serve as brand ambassador at meetings, community events and volunteer fairs
  • Administrative duties as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Training Provided:  On-line training provided through various platforms.

Person supervising volunteer:  Mary Lynn Perry, Program Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator

Duration of assignment: Minimum one semester

Hours Needed and Proposed Schedule: 4-10 hours per week, unpaid, flexible work schedule in a dynamic work environment, on and off-site.

Assignment location: Department of Human Resources/Administration, Historic City Hall

Benefits of Volunteering:  Gain additional communications skills, participate in efforts to create a positive community, experience a government work environment, free parking at nearby garage.

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.

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.

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

To Apply:  Complete your application online:     Attach your resume, writing sample and 3 references



Crocker Art Museum Education Intern

Crocker’s Studio Experiences program seeks to provide people with experiences that are compatible with their intellectual, social and aesthetic maturity. Interns provide valuable support in achieving this goal.

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


  • Applicants with studio art or art history backgrounds are qualified.
  • Applicants who enjoy interacting with the public are qualified.


  • Serve as community liaison, ambassador, and advocate for the Crocker Art Museum.
  • Assist in implementation of studio art classes.
  • Assist Manager of Studio Experiences with all phases of program development, including material preparation, supply purchase or acquisition, program implementation and evaluation.
  • Assist instructors with oversight of class or workshop, including set-up, clean up, organization of studios and class preparation.

Internship period
March 18, 2017 – August 12, 2017


The intern is expected to:

  • Gain interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors and staff.
  • Gain an understanding of museum operations.
  • Gain an understanding of teaching with objects
  • Develop excellence in visitor services


Emma Moore, Manager of Studio Experiences

216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-808-1961
Fax: 916-808-7372



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.



Office Assistant – 4th R Program

Great opportunity to help families.  Volunteer will assist the 4th R program determine whether families qualify for child care assistance. Create letters, return phone calls and file.  High school graduate or some college.  Must be familiar with computers, Word, Excel, Publisher, office equipment and basic customer service.  Will communicate with families from diverse and low socio-economic backgrounds by letter and phone.  Volunteer will gain experience working within the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation program and will learn to work with families of diverse and low socio-economic backgrounds.  Schedule can be flexible, seeking a volunteer for 10 or more hours per week.  Location will be the 4th R child Care Program office at 5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento 95824. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Melanie Cancino at (916) 808-7205 or  Apply online:


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:

Information Technology Geographic Information Systems Internship

The Central GIS Unit is offering student internships (unpaid) to assist with data updates, mapping projects, rectifying historical aerial photos, and other GIS data maintenance activities.  The internship is always open for submitting resumes and letters of interest and is filled based on current available need, project workload and City GIS staff to assist.  Obtain quality training and mentorship to build skills in data collection, field experience, data maintenance, and quality control for GIS data that is used throughout the City.  Qualifications: Fundamental knowledge of GIS and ESRI products preferable.   Enrollment in the GIS certification program a plus. This is currently an unpaid internship.  Contact a college advisor or department for the fulfillment of an Internship requirement.  Minimum commitment:  10 hours minimum/week, preferable 20+/week.  Prefer a regular schedule to be maintained throughout the duration of the internship. Please contact Nathan Jennings at 916-808-7857 or email: for more information.  Nathan is also an adjunct staff at American River College and Sacramento City College.