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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 or visit us on Facebook.

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

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

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
  • Letter of Recommendation from current Professor
  • 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

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

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

Apply here.

Graphic Design Volunteer/Intern - Department of human resources/benefits division

 

Importance of Position: The Graphic Design Volunteer/Intern assists with and coordinates print and electronic media design for the City of Sacramento Department of Human Resources. This position will offer a volunteer/student the opportunity to experience city government while working on a variety of topics that directly impact City employees and retirees.

 

Skills, qualifications, or requirements for assignment:

Graphic design experience
Knowledge of and experience using graphic design programs and possess own access to such programs
Concise and creative writing skills
Ability to multi-task and self-motivate
Strong communications skills 
Communications, public relations, marketing, and journalism experience helpful
 

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

Design and create a two-page retiree open enrollment form using Microsoft Publisher
Create e-newsletters for City retirees
Work collaboratively with Human Resources staff
Other duties assigned

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

Person supervising volunteer:  Mariah Feliciano, Senior Staff Assistant, Benefit Services

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/Benefit Services, Historic City Hall

Benefits of Volunteering:  Gain additional communications skills, design skills, project management skills, and participate in efforts to create a positive experience for City employees and retirees.

Contact for more information:  Mariah Feliciano, mfeliciano@cityofsacramento.org, or call:  916-808-8399.

Apply online:  http://bttr.im/8y7xh

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 (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: 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.

 

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

 

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.

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

economic development WEB & DIGITAL MARKETING INTERNSHIP

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

Qualifications:

  • 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.

Duration:

  • Fall Semester with the potential for extension

  • 15-30 hours per week

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