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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. Follow us on Twitter or visit us on Facebook.

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

Active Transportation and Sustainability Intern

Provide support for varied transportation and sustainability programs in the Department of Public Works.

Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:

  • Research and analysis
  • Data collection
  • Writing and report preparation

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support for development of new content for City sustainability webpages
  • Research transportation programs serving low-income and disadvantaged communities, such as electric car share
  • Assist with siting bike parking locations
  • Assist with bike share program coordination including station siting
  • Assist with data collection and data sharing research
  • Assist with monitoring and data collection for property assessed clean energy financing programs 

Duration of assignment:  6 months
Hours:  16-20 hours per week
Assignment location:  915 I Street Room 2000 Sacramento, CA 95814
Benefits of Volunteering:  To provide real world transferable work experience.
Apply online:  

Education Intern:  ArtMix/Programming - Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum is first and foremost an educational institution.  The Crocker’s educational mission is to attract, involve, and engage diverse audiences toward a deeper understanding of human experience through art. The ArtMix and Programming Intern will work directly with the Public Engagement Coordinator within the Education Department at the Crocker Art Museum. This position will work with various Crocker staff members and community groups to help the Public Engagement Coordinator execute our monthly ArtMix events and our Noon Year’s Eve Family Festival within the guides of our educational mission. This internship is unpaid.
• In the process of receiving a BFA/BA, MFA/MA degree or recent graduate
• Talented, enthusiastic and ready to learn!
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Proactive, with the ability to work independently
• Ability to synthesize information quickly, organize massive amounts of data, and pay attention to details
• Comfortable working in a busy, fast-paced environment with performers and large crowds
• Art Studio experience a plus
• Education/teaching experience a plus
The ArtMix/Programming Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the Public Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator to help create our monthly themed ArtMix events as well as our Noon Year’s Eve Family Festival.
• Assist the program planning and implementation of each event. Specifically, the art activities and decorations portion of the events.
• Work each event to ensure that they run smoothly and our goals are met
Internship period
• 4 months minimum but can be extended up to 1 year if agreed upon.
• November 2017 through March 2018
• 6 to 12 hours per week. One day must include the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2:30 PM to 10:30 PM.
• Must also be able to work Noon Year’s Eve, on Sunday December 31 from 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
• Gain an understanding of general museum operations and professions
• Will learn the various aspects related to museum education and audience development and engagement
• Gain professional and interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors and staff
• An opportunity to gain practice managing elements of a program or project, seeing it come to fruition, and adding this experience to their portfolio.
To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to Stephanie Longoria, Public Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator:

Computer Science Intern - Department of Human Resources

Importance of Position:
Implementation of this position allows technical expertise from Computer Science students to coordinate with projects requiring innovative solutions for compliance and integration between existing HR databases.

Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:
Complex algorithm authorship, in languages such as C+, C++, SQL, Python, etc. Familiarity with PSQuery.

Duties and Responsibilities (List specific tasks to be done by the volunteer):
Project assistance as pertains to database integration, script writing, and support with automation of systems. Code writing, research, and testing of executable scripts for use in HR systems.

Training Provided:
PSQuery and Other systems requiring integration.

Person supervising volunteer:
Emmett Bradshaw

Duration of assignment:
6 months

20-40 hours

Assignment location:
City Hall

Benefits of Volunteering:
Exposure to integration projects in an HR environment, innovation projects, and development in compliance-related applications.

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 or call (916) 808-3992. If interested, please email a resume to

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.

Contact: Mary Lynn Perry at (916) 808-8317.


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.


  • Fall Semester with the potential for extension

  • 15-30 hours per week

Veronica Smith, Senior Project Manager
(916) 808-1046