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Internships

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, visit us on Facebook or find us on Instagram.

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

Social Media and Communications Intern - Department of Human Resources/administration division

 

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.)

Graphic design skills

Concise and creative writing skills

Ability to multi-task and self-motivate

Strong communications skills 

Microsoft Office Suite

Communications, public relations, marketing or journalism experience

Some photography and video experience is a plus.

 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • 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: 8-16 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.

 

Contact:  Mary Lynn Perry, mperry@cityofsacramento.org or call:  916-808-8317.

 

Positions may be filled as these internships are offered on a semester basis: spring, summer, fall. We welcome applications for future openings.

 

To Apply:  Complete your application online: http://bttr.im/8y7xh

 

Volunteer Services Intern - Department of Human Resources/Administration Division 

 

 

Importance of Position: The Volunteer Services Intern/Volunteer assists with and coordinates various aspects of the City of Sacramento Volunteer Program. This position will offer the intern/volunteer the opportunity to experience city government while working on a variety of topics that directly impact the community. The primary task for summer of 2019 will be to update the Youth Volunteer Directory, a listing of agencies in the Sacramento region that accept youth and teens to volunteer.

 

 

Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:

 

Knowledge of and experience using Microsoft Office Suite

Interest in Volunteer Management and working in non-profit or government environment

Experience in database management a plus or willingness to learn Better Impact system

Experience in volunteer management a plus

Concise and creative writing skills

Ability to multi-task and self-motivate

Strong communications skills 

Communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, recreation or administration experience

 

 

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

 

  • Update Youth Volunteer Directory (Primary Duty Summer 2019)
  • Write volunteer activity descriptions
  • Post volunteer opportunities on a variety of online platforms
  • Answer questions from the public and refer volunteer to opportunities
  • Assist internal and external clients with use of volunteer management system
  • Assist with creation of training vignettes using Articulate Storyline e-learning platform
  • Assist with planning volunteer events such as volunteer fairs, orientations, trainings, volunteer coordinator meetings, etc.
  • Assist with update of Volunteer Orientation Handbook
  • Assist with update of Volunteer Manual for Employees
  • Participate in the production of multimedia content for marketing
  • Assist with creation of e-newsletters, social media posts as needed
  • Serve as brand ambassador at meetings, community events and volunteer fairs
  • Assist with Emergency Operations Center volunteer coordination and Emergency Volunteer Center preparation and support
  • Other duties assigned

 

 

Training Provided:  On-line training provided through various platforms, participation in Directors of Volunteers in Agencies training as time permits

 

 

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

 

Duration of assignment:  Summer 2019 and/or Fall 2019

 

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, experience a government work environment, and participate in efforts to create a positive community, free parking at Memorial 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, mperry@cityofsacramento.org or call:  916-808-8317.

 

Apply Online: http://bttr.im/8y7xh   

 

Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg Internship Program

OUTREACH AND CONSTITUENT CONTACT COORDINATOR

Desired length of Internship: Minimum of 3 months, maximum of 6 months.
Schedule: M-W-F (2 shifts a week, 4 hours each shift), may require some evenings and weekends.
Reports to: MOCE / Director of Constituent Services
Duties:
• Research and follow up on calls into the office regarding issues that are with the City jurisdiction
• Assist in the development of materials for community events
• Assist at community events and coordinating services
• Check constituent services voicemails and log all voicemails in tracking software
• Check USPS mail for office and log all mail in tracking software or distribute mail as needed
• Check and research ceremonial requests
• Conduct and share research as needed for constituent services
• Draft ceremonial documents with direction from Director of Constituent Services
• Draft responses to emails received on engagesac.org email
• Draft responses to emails received through contact form on City of Sacramento website
• Answer calls and log information into tracking software
• Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:
• Enrolled in community college or university
• Proficient in MS Office Suite, specifically MS Excel and MS Word
• Must have specific interest in one or more of the following areas: public service, case work, community organizing, public policy, or social work
• Some customer service experience
• Written response on application, must demonstrate strong writing skills
Students who complete this internship should be able to:
• Prioritize work effectively to meet deadlines both personal and external
• Understand and describe the unique processes for addressing common issues in the City of Sacramento
• Develop strong user skills of MS Outlook and CRM Software
• Improve public speaking skills and interacting with others in a professional and courteous manner
• Improve customer service and problem-solving skills
• Create strong networking connections for future career opportunities, build a record of work experience, and explore career opportunities

Due to the quantity of applications received, there may be a delay before an interview is scheduled or before we have a position available. We strive to help each applicant find the right fit for their interests and skills and we do our best to accommodate school and other work opportunities. We encourage you to  fill out an application and send us your resume as our intern needs and openings can change month to month.

Apply here.

Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg Internship Program

Constituent SERVICES ASSISTANTS INTERNSHIP

Desired length of Internship: Minimum of 3 months, maximum of 6 months.
Schedule: M-W-F (2 shifts a week, 4 hours each shift)
Reports to: MOCE / Director of Constituent Services
Duties:
Check constituent services voicemails and log all voicemails in tracking software
Check USPS mail for office and log all mail in tracking software or distribute mail as needed
Check and research ceremonial requests
Conduct and share research as needed for constituent services
Draft ceremonial documents with direction from Director of Constituent Services
Draft responses to emails received on engagesac.org email
Draft responses to emails received through contact form on City of Sacramento website
Answer calls and log information into tracking software
Organize materials and resources in the office
Work with University Constituent services intern to follow up constituent requests
Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:
High School Senior or Junior
Should have above a 2.5 GPA Cumulative
Will consider students with lower GPAs if they have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or an administrator
Will also consider recommendations from community organizations
Must live in the City of Sacramento
Basic computer skills (MS Word and using email), some MS Excel familiarity is a plus
Students who complete this internship should be able to:
Write concise and effective communications on complex issues
Prioritize work effectively to meet deadlines both personal and external
Accurately describe the work flow of City resources to effectively help residents who call the office
Develop strong computer user skills through extensive on the job training associated with MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word and various online platforms used by the office.
Develop strong interpersonal skills in responding to and acknowledging challenging social situations
Improve interacting with others in a professional and courteous manner
Create strong networking connections for future career opportunities, build a record of work experience, and explore career opportunities

Due to the quantity of applications received, there may be a delay before an interview is scheduled or before we have a position available. We strive to help each applicant find the right fit for their interests and skills and we do our best to accommodate school and other work opportunities. We encourage you to fill out an application and send us your resume as our intern needs and openings can change month to month.

Apply here.

Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg High School Internship Program
EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE AND EVENT REQUEST ASSISTANT

Desired length of Internship: Minimum of 3 months, maximum of 6 months.
Schedule: T / Th (4 hours each shift)
Reports to: MOCE / Executive Assistant
Duties:
Check voicemails and respond as directed by Executive Assistant
Review and organize event and meeting requests in chronological order
Prepare digital packets of requests for EA and MOCE to vet with team or Mayor
Prepare or assist in preparation of briefings as needed
Research event requests and community organizations
Find existing community events using various online and social media calendars
Update community engagement calendar
Follow up on any requests made by MOCE staff for events/meetings
Prepping meeting room for guests and welcoming them into the office
Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:
High School Senior or Junior
Should have above a 2.5 GPA Cumulative
Will consider students with lower GPAs if they have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or an administrator
Will also consider recommendations from community organizations
Must live in the City of Sacramento
Basic computer skills (MS Word and using email)
Students who complete this internship should be able to:
Follow up on any requests made by MOCE staff for events/meetings
Prioritize work assignments effectively to meet internal and external deadlines
Enhance their communication skills by focusing on clear, concise communication in verbal and written situations
Develop strong computer user skills through extensive on the job training associated with MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word and various online platforms used by the office.
Create strong networking connections for future career opportunities, build a record of work experience, and explore career opportunities

Due to the quantity of applications received, there may be a delay before an interview is scheduled or before we have a position available. We strive to help each applicant find the right fit for their interests and skills and we do our best to accommodate school and other work opportunities. We encourage you to  fill out an application and send us your resume as our intern needs and openings can change month to month.

Apply here.

Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg Internship Program

POLICY RESEARCH INTERN

Desired length of Internship: 3 months minimum / 1 year maximum, contingent on performance.

Schedule: M-F, 2-3 days a week, 3 hours each shift – must maintain a consistent schedule

Reports to: Dependent on needs of office – would be assigned to a staffer on a specific project

Duties:

    • Work with project lead on defining the scope of the project and developing clear milestones and goals for research, and meet weekly to track progress
    • Conduct research on the assigned project, synthesize findings, and present conclusions and recommendations both orally and in writing. Research should utilize a broad array of methods and sources of information, including conducting internet research, reading published reports and other documents, and talking with key individuals and organizations in order to develop a thorough, in-depth understanding of the issues.
    • Draft interim and final reports or other written materials to brief senior staff on research
    • Present findings and answer key questions for senior staff
    • Assist senior staff in preparing for meetings with stakeholders
    • Assist, as necessary, project lead with grant applications or other necessary documents.
    • Other duties as assigned

    Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:

      • Enrolled in university or community college
      • Must have a specific interest in housing or transportation policy, public policy development, community development, local governance, finance, economic development, or infrastructure management
      • Proficient in MS Office Suite, specifically MS Excel and MS Word
      • Understand basic research methodology and documentation
      • Written response must demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills. (We will send you a question based on your area of interest).
      • Prioritize work effectively to meet deadlines both personal and external

      Students who complete this internship should be able to:

        • Describe the main priorities if the Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg
        • Display a thorough understanding of the policy issues connected with their research topic
        • Improve public speaking skills and interacting with others in a professional and courteous manner
        • Create strong networking connections for future career opportunities, build a record of work experience, and explore career opportunities

        Positions may be filled as these internships are project based and offered as we have projects available. We welcome applications for future projects.

        Apply here.

        Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg University Internship Program
        COLLEGE COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

        Desired length of Internship: Minimum of 3 months, maximum of 12 months.
        Schedule: 2-3 days a week, 4 hour shifts. Occasionally weekend or evening work will be required
        Reports to: MOCE / Communications Director

        Duties:

        Develop, research and write posts for http://engagesac.org by working with MOCE team and Communications Director
        Work with City IT Department to keep the Mayor’s City of Sacramento page up to date
        Manage incoming questions from social media and aggregating them for formal responses either from the Mayor or from staff
        Maintain the Office of Civic Engagement YouTube channel
        Work with Director of Constituent services to respond directly to inquiries on social media regarding requests for City services
        Process and edit videos and photos for general use by the office as well as maintain existing digital warehouse of images and videos for the office in a clear and easily accessible way
        If applicant has Spanish language skills: Assist with the translation of existing blog posts into Spanish
        Assist the communications director with incoming calls and press conference briefings
        Other duties as assigned

        Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:
        Must be at least 18 years of age
        Enrolled in community college or university
        Proficient in MS Office Suite
        Some background with web design platforms, photo and video editing software, and various social media platforms
        Must have specific interest in one or more of the following areas: journalism, public relations, communications, advertising, writing professionally, web design, and graphic design
        Written response on application, must demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills
        Spanish language skills a plus but not required

        Students who complete this internship should be able to:
        Prioritize work effectively to meet deadlines both personal and external
        Develop strong user skills of MS Outlook, media platforms and basic web design
        Improve journalistic writing skills and research skills
        Improve public speaking skills and interacting with others in a professional and courteous manner
        Create strong networking connections for future career opportunities, build a record of work experience, and explore career opportunities

        Positions may be filled as these internships are project based and offered as we have projects available. We welcome applications for future projects.

        Apply here.

         

        Environmental Health & Safety Intern - Department of Human Resources

        Importance of Position:

        The intern provides support for EH&S tasks. The position is important for extending hands-on education 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:

        Variable

         

        Hours Needed and Proposed Schedule:

        150, flexible schedule on week days during normal business hours

         

        Assignment location:

        Varied

         

        Benefits of Volunteering: 

        Education

        Work experience

          

        Contact:

         

        Cha Yang

        Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

        Human Resources Risk Management Division

        cwyang@cityofsacramento.org

         

        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.

         

        Positions may be filled as these internships are offered on a semester basis. We welcome applications for future openings.

         

        Please apply:  http://bttr.im/8y7xh

         

        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

        Hours: 

        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.

          

        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 require a reasonable accommodation please contact the City’s Reasonable Accommodation coordinator at 916-808-8795. 

         

        Positions may be filled as these internships are project based and offered as we have projects available. We welcome applications for future projects.

         

        Apply Online.

        Oak Park Social Media Internship

        Create and maintain Oak Park Community Center's email and social media accounts to promote recreational activities and opportunities to the community.

         

        - Showcase strong writing, editing, proofreading, layout and design skills.

        - Be able to present concepts verbally and graphically.

        - To display excellent organizational and planning skills.

        - Maintain strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media.

        - Remain self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management.

        - Complete tasks in a timely manner.

        - Follow City of Sacramento policies and procedures.

        - Knowledge of Publisher, Canva, and email software.  Ability to learn other software.

        - Knowledge of digital photography and basic photo enhancing.

         

        Schedule: weekdays, based on agreement between OPCC and the volunteer intern.

        Length of internship:  4 months

        Location:  Oak Park Community Center - 3425 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.

        Contact Linda Hoschler at 916-808-6151

        Oak Park recreation for elders internship

        Assist us with our recreation programs for older adults, aged 50+

         

        - Be able to present concepts verbally and graphically.

        - Display excellent organizational and planning skills.

        - Remain self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to customers and management.

        - Complete tasks in a timely manner.

        - Follow City of Sacramento policies and procedures. 

        - Knowledge of older adults aged 50+

        - Knowledge of Publisher, Word and Outlook software.  

         

        Schedule: weekdays, based on agreement between OPCC and the volunteer intern.

        Length of internship:  4 months

        Location:  Oak Park Community Center - 3425 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.

        Contact Linda Hoschler at 916-808-6151

         

        Teen Program Internship - Front Street animal Shelter

        The Front Street Animal Shelter is looking for a skilled volunteer who enjoys working with teens. The shelter has a great teen volunteer program and needs an intern who can lead the program on Saturdays.  Teaching background or prior experience with youth is preferred or current education or recreation major.

        The intern will

        • Engage teens with educational opportunities (bring in special speakers, work with our other training volunteers to teach our teens how to handle animals, etc.)
        • Create program content
        • Put together program materials
        • Be proactive in searching out service opportunities for the teens – actively look for ways that they can help here at the shelter
        • Be able to move our long-term teen projects forward
        • Help organize additional teen opportunities – like car washes for raising money for the long-term projects

        For more information and to apply, contact Janice Wagaman at (916) 808-8166.

        Office of Councilmember Eric Guerra - Intern 

        Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:

        • Written and verbal communication skills
        • Eager to take on new projects
        • Able to work with other people
        • Able to self-manage
        • Critical thinker
        • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite

         

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

        • Answering phones inquiries, direct calls and answer basic questions that constituents may have,
        • Filing documents and organizing them as needed,
        • Taking notes during meetings,
        • Checking voicemails,
        • Check emails,
        • Design flyers for events,
        • Draft documents,
        • Update social media platforms,
        • Input information, data, and records, and
        • Help in the preparation of events.

         

        Training Provided:  Training will be provided on how to answer phones and emails. You will also be trained on how to use Microsoft Suite, and all other software used in the office.

          

        Duration of assignment: Semester based.   Academic credit may be available for CSUS students.

         

        Hours: 10-30 Hours

         

        Assignment location: 915 I Street, 5th Floor Sacramento, CA 95814

         

        Benefits of Volunteering: As an intern you will have the opportunity to help improve from local parks to streets. You will be part of local government and get firsthand experience of what a career in public service is like.

         

        Apply online:  http://bttr.im/k4o34  

         

        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.

        This is a continuous recruitment position.  Internship positions are filled as needed. We welcome applications for future needs.

        To Apply:  Complete your application online: http://bttr.im/8y7xh