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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:


Crocker Art Museum  - Internship Opportunity

Audience Research and Evaluation Intern


The Visitor Services Department strives to provide a welcoming and positive experience for every visitor. To ensure we meet visitor expectations and provide a positive experience, the Crocker collects surveys at specific programs and throughout the year. The information collected is used to improve existing programs and informs decisions for future programs.


  • Applicants should be a current undergraduate or graduate student
  • An interest in research and evaluation, museum studies, sociology, psychology, anthropology, marketing, education, or other related fields
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in MS Excel
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good customer service and ability to work with the public is a professional manner


The intern will assist the Director of Visitor Services with a comprehensive survey project. Duties may include:

  • Conduct research on best practices and survey ideas
  • Conduct in-person survey’s through the museum
  • Input data collected (data entry)
  • Create reports, charts, or graphs
  • Make recommendations based on analyzed data
  • Experience in SurveyGizmo a plus

Internship Period

  • The internship is a minimum of three months, with potential to stay on longer.
  • A minimum of 16 hours per week.


  • Gain an understanding of visitor services operations
  • Gain experience in survey methods, research and data analysis
  • Gain interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors and staff


To apply, please send cover letter and resume to

For more information about the Visitor Services internship at the Crocker Art Museum, contact:

Michelle Maghari, Director of Visitor Services

216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814



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.