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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.  

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:  


Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement -  Intern


Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:

Basic understanding of Microsoft Office and Windows. Above average written and verbal communication skills.


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

Supporting the Office of Civic Engagement with constituent correspondence, outreach activities and Mayor’s staff on issue specific research assignments.


Training Provided:

Training on the office’s constituent management software “Romulus.” Also access to the BrainStorm QuickHelp suite, which provides trainings on Microsoft Office, Skype for Office and other tools.


Duration of assignment:

Spring Semester with a potential for Summer extension.  Academic credit may be available for CSUS students.





Assignment location:

New City Hall, Office of the Mayor (3rd floor)


Benefits of Volunteering:  

Great opportunity to build your resume, learn more about Sacramento’s diverse neighborhoods and city initiatives, and gain valuable work experience in an exciting and fast paced environment.


Apply online:



Events Intern - Crocker Art Museum

The Events Intern is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and experience working in the field of Events within a Museum and non-profit environment. This internship is ideal for someone interested in event planning, fundraising events, and museum operations. This position will interface weekly with a variety of staff within the Events Department as well as some interdepartmental staff and volunteers. This internship is unpaid.

• Prior experience with events
• Ability to problem solve, identify problems and find solutions, engaging other staff when appropriate
• Ability to maintain a positive attitude
• Ability to work on a wide variety of projects simultaneously
• Excellent organizational skills with attentiveness to detail
• Flexible scheduling to include some weekends and evenings
• Understanding of working with committees and volunteers
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Word processing, spreadsheet and database system experience
The intern will assist the Events Department, working closely with the Events Manager to assist with events and general needs of departments, including the following:
• Event planning for education events, major fundraisers (Crocker Ball and Art Auction), donor dinners, exhibition openings, weddings, and corporate events.
• Calendar management, event scheduling, and other administrative tasks
• Storage and event equipment management
• Rentals and vendors relationships
• Event planning and decor
• External clients and volunteer management
• Collateral creation
• Assist in planning of fundraising events, exhibition openings, and special event dinners for major donors, as well as weddings and corporate meetings and events
• Assist with all planning and event logistics including: event signage, creation of floor plans, and staffing and volunteer plans
• Serve as a staff captain during major fundraising events such as Art Auction, Crocker Ball, and Big Names Small Art
• Assist with management and assignment of volunteer tasks related to major fundraising events, prior to the event
• Serve as point of contact for bridal first looks
• Facility tours of the museum for potential clients
• Administrative tasks including payment reminders, filing, and thank you cards
• Process date hold requests
Internship period
• January – June 2018
• Minimum of 10 - 15 hours per week
• Gain an understanding of general museum operations and the general operations
• Gain interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors, volunteers, and staff
• Gain experience and knowledge of event planning
• Gain experience supervising volunteers and working with a variety of museum staff
• Gain event planning and coordination experience for major fundraising events, internal museum events, and with external clients
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