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

economic development graduate student internship

The City of Sacramento Department of Economic Development has developed an internship program to provide graduate students with an opportunity to learn more about public service and economic development and to develop their professional skills. Interns will assist senior staff with city initiatives and work projects that will help them gain a greater understanding of how local government functions.


Potential Intern Projects:


Work projects will primarily revolve around revitalization and economic development in economically- challenged communities. Examples of projects and duties include:

  • Support the Sacramento Employment and Economic Development (SEED Corp.)

  • Research Community & Economic Development Corporation best practices

  • Analyze federal and state legislation

  • Outreach to community and business leaders

  • Research private and public funding and financing opportunities

  • Grant proposal development

  • Document development

  • Partnership development

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize in a changing environment

  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and follow-up skills

  • Proactive problem prevention and issue resolution leadership ability

  • Leadership potential

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, PowerPoint, and Outlook required

  • Ability to learn other software programs

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team



Department of Human Resources/Administration - Office Assistant

Join the team in the director's office in City Hall -The Office Assistant  intern 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. The office assistant will file, type, assist with mailings, scan, index, work with databases and e-learning programs. Orientation to the City’s programs and departments, written orientation handbook, on-the-job support and supervision provided. Please contact:  Mary Lynn Perry at 916-808-8317 or  for more information.  Apply online:  

 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:


City of Sacramento - Neighborhood Services Division Internship Program

The Neighborhood Services Division Internship Program is designed to give students interested in local government and public policy experience in the field. A one year commitment to the program is required and different learning objectives are contingent upon that timeframe. In an intern’s first six months, they will learn general office tasks and will also participate in a special meeting/event. After that, interns will work more independently and take on tasks such as publishing flyers, participating in more local events, and ultimately work a meeting facilitated by a Councilmember or the Mayor. Applicants must be enrolled for college credit before starting their internship. It is recommended that prospective interns have knowledge of politics and be computer literate. To apply, submit a resume with at least two references (one of which should be from a professor/advisor) to Vincene Jones at  


The Volunteer Services Assistant helps with and coordinates various aspects of the City of Sacramento Volunteer Program. This unpaid position will offer the student intern/volunteer the opportunity to experience city government while working on a variety of topics that directly impact the community. The Volunteer Assistant will write volunteer activity descriptions, post volunteer opportunities on a variety of platforms, answer questions from the public and refer volunteers to opportunities, assist internal and external clients with use of volunteer management system, assist with planning volunteer events, update the youth volunteer directory, assist with updating the Volunteer Orientation Handbook, participate in the production of multimedia content for marketing, assist with creation of e-newsletters, social media post as needed, serve as brand ambassador at meetings, community events and volunteer fairs and other duties as assigned. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, experience in volunteer management and experience in database management a plus.  Ability to multi-task and self-motivate important.  Strong communications skills required.  Communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, or administration experience preferred. To apply, please contactMary Lynn Perry, or call:  916-808-8317. Please submit a resume, 3 references and a writing sample

Information Technology Geographic Information Systems Internship

The Central GIS Unit is offering student internships (unpaid) to assist with data updates, mapping projects, rectifying historical aerial photos, and other GIS data maintenance activities.  The internship is always open for submitting resumes and letters of interest and is filled based on current available need, project workload and City GIS staff to assist.  Obtain quality training and mentorship to build skills in data collection, field experience, data maintenance, and quality control for GIS data that is used throughout the City.  Qualifications: Fundamental knowledge of GIS and ESRI products preferable.   Enrollment in the GIS certification program a plus. This is currently an unpaid internship.  Contact a college advisor or department for the fulfillment of an Internship requirement.  Minimum commitment:  10 hours minimum/week, preferable 20+/week.  Prefer a regular schedule to be maintained throughout the duration of the internship. Please contact Nathan Jennings at 916-808-7857 or email: for more information.  Nathan is also an adjunct staff at American River College and Sacramento City College.