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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.

Social media and Communications Intern - Department of Human Resources

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.

 

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

Administrative Policy Intern - Department of Human Resources  

Importance of Position:

 

This position will play an important role in the development of a human resources policy framework and the comprehensive review of human resources policies.

 

Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:

 

  • Analytical skills
  • Detailed oriented
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to follow through

 

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

 

  • Assist with human resources policy analysis and documentation
  • Assist with transitioning policies into new framework 
  • Assist with overall project management

 

Training Provided:

 

The volunteer will assist with the above tasks under the supervision of a lead program specialist. The lead program specialist will provide the volunteer with direction, instructions, and training. Training will include an overview of the project objectives and desired outcomes. Training will also include instructions and guidelines on conducting policy analysis – key areas of focus, information extraction, documentation of observations, and development of recommendations (to align policies with new framework).

 

Person supervising volunteer: 

 

Sally Ly, Program Specialist

 

Duration of assignment: Three to six months

 

Hours: Flexible

 

Assignment location: Sacramento, California (Old City Hall)

 

Benefits of Volunteering: 

 

  • Gain substantive and versatile work experience in the Human Resources field
  • Strengthen analytical and project management skills
  • Gain hands-on experience conducting policy analysis
  • Strengthen knowledge of compliance best practices
  • Networking opportunities

 

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:

Sally Ly, Program Specialist

(916) 808-8907 – Office

sly@cityofsacramento.org

 

Apply online: http://bttr.im/8y7xh  

 

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. 

 

 

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.

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

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 LLittlefield@cityofsacramento.org

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 at (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.

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