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

Marketing and Communications Intern/Volunteer for Community Gardens

Importance of Position: The Marketing and Communications Intern or Volunteer  assists with taking photos and video during events at our community gardens and related sites; and will assist with creating short info/film clips and other marketing items and tasks for the City Community Garden 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. Minimum age is 16.


Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:


Photography and video/film experience

Communications, public relations, marketing or journalism experience

Knowledge of and experience using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.)

Ability to multi-task and self-motivate

Strong communications skills 

Microsoft Office Suite

Graphic design skills


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

  • Take photos and video during events at our community gardens and related sites
  • Assist with creating short info/film clips
  • Assist with creating other marketing items
  •  Other tasks as assigned for the City Community Garden Program


Training Provided:  An introduction to community gardens will be provided by staff.


Person supervising volunteer:  Bill Maynard, or call: 916-808-4943


Duration of assignment: Minimum one semester, possible summer work also.


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: Various community gardens in our program with the city limits. For full list visit:


Benefits of Volunteering:  Gain additional communications and marketing skills, participate in efforts to create a positive community, and free vegetables in season.


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:  Bill Maynard, or call: 916-808-4943


To Apply:  Complete your application online: or send your resume and references to:

Sacramento Zoo-Volunteer Programs Intern

Unpaid Internship, up to 12 hours per week


To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to Brooke Coe, Volunteer Coordinator at . All candidates will be contacted directly, and finalists will be interviewed.


Job Description

The Sacramento Zoo Volunteer Programs Intern will work closely with and assist the Volunteer Coordinator with the on-site and online management of volunteers. The intern will be responsible for Diversity Statistics collection, developing guidelines for and writing Zoo Volunteer spotlight blogs, and will assist in developing a new recognition structure for the volunteers. The Intern may also be called upon to assist with administrative record-keeping, as well as the recruitment, screening, placement, evaluation and retention of volunteers in the program.



* This position is open to students currently enrolled in an academic program of study through a college or university.

* Preferred coursework in Communications, Leadership, Human Resources, Volunteer Management, or other related field.

* Strong organizational skills, enthusiastic, and maintain an upbeat demeanor and positive attitude

* Must be available to commit time for two semesters/quarters. Must also be willing to work some hours during breaks and holidays. Some evenings and weekends required.

* Desire to gain experience in supervising & coordinating volunteer activities.

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

* Ability to prioritize and adapt to fast-paced environment with multiple volunteer schedule changes.

* Computer skills: Microsoft Word and other programs within the Microsoft Office Suite. Familiarity with Better Impact and/or Volgistics database a plus.

* Capable of interacting positively within a variety of social, economic levels wherein volunteers may be recruited.

* Able to work with a minimum of supervision; excellent attention to detail, yet flexible.

* Must be willing to sign the City of Sacramento Indemnity and Hold Harmless form as well as* Must be willing to sign the City of Sacramento Indemnity and Hold Harmless form as well as follow all Zoo Policies and Procedures.

* Embrace and exhibit Zoo’s Core Values.


Duties and Responsibilities

*The intern chosen for this position will be the first within the department of Education- Volunteer Services. They will be included in and asked to greatly assist with the creation of the following programs, which currently do not exist. The intern will be involved on the ground floor and will be instrumental in creating these beneficial elements to the volunteer programs.

Diversity Statistics- communicate respectfully with volunteers to obtain and maintain accurate diversity statistics within all volunteer programs.

Volunteer Spotlight Blog- articles highlighting the various volunteers at the Zoo, to be showcased on the Zoo’s facebook page and blog.

Structured Volunteer Recognition- under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator, research and develop a timeline and process for volunteer service recognition, in all forms.

Other Duties

* Assist as needed with event volunteer management and planning.

* Create and maintain a daily schedule of Grounds volunteers.

* Ensure compliance with volunteer position descriptions and policies.

* Assist as needed with administrative record keeping.

* Other duties as assigned.


Reports To: Brooke Coe, Volunteer Coordinator

Schedule: Start date and schedule TBD based on student’s schedule. Must be available for some hours on either Wednesday or Thursday.


To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to Brooke Coe, Volunteer Coordinator at . All candidates will be contacted directly, and finalists will be interviewed.



Crocker Art Museum Education Intern

Crocker’s Studio Experiences program seeks to provide people with experiences that are compatible with their intellectual, social and aesthetic maturity. Interns provide valuable support in achieving this goal.

This is an opportunity to gain confidence in public speaking, learn about museum operations, increase organizational skills and much more.


  • Applicants with studio art or art history backgrounds are qualified.
  • Applicants who enjoy interacting with the public are qualified.


  • Serve as community liaison, ambassador, and advocate for the Crocker Art Museum.
  • Assist in implementation of studio art classes.
  • Assist Manager of Studio Experiences with all phases of program development, including material preparation, supply purchase or acquisition, program implementation and evaluation.
  • Assist instructors with oversight of class or workshop, including set-up, clean up, organization of studios and class preparation.

Internship period
March 18, 2017 – August 12, 2017


The intern is expected to:

  • Gain interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors and staff.
  • Gain an understanding of museum operations.
  • Gain an understanding of teaching with objects
  • Develop excellence in visitor services


Emma Moore, Manager of Studio Experiences

216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-808-1961
Fax: 916-808-7372

Crocker Art Museum Volunteer Services Intern

The museum relies on the support and dedication of more than 200 volunteers. Volunteers do everything from assisting in the administrative offices, staffing Totland, ushering for concerts, managing art projects, and more. Volunteers are an extremely important part of the Museum, and we would not be able to provide our current depth and breadth of experiences to our visitors, without their support.


  • Talented, enthusiastic, and ready to learn!
  • College student or recent graduate
  • Interest in volunteer management and working in a nonprofit environment
  • Strong people and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, including: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience working independently
  • Experience in database management a plus
  • Experience in volunteer management a plus


The intern will assist the Volunteer Coordinator with special projects related to both the volunteer and internship program, these may include the following:

  • Updating the internship handbook
  • Facilitate the project to transfer our online volunteer database to a new volunteer management system
  • Creating new internal documents and forms related to the internship program
  • Help design and execute staff training(s) on internship and volunteer programs
  • Assisting with the administrative side of the on-boarding process
  • Assisting with volunteer coordination for regular and large events, including ArtMix, our Art Auction Season and Family Festivals and Volunteer Appreciation.

Internship Period

  • 5 months minimum
  • February through the end of July 2017
  • 8 - 10 hours per week, 1 or 2 days a week. One day must include the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2:30 PM to 10 PM
  • Special event days that intern must be available include:
  • Volunteer Open House 3/4/17 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Volunteer Appreciation Lunch 4/22/17 10 AM to 3 PM
  • Big Names Small Art, 5/18/17 from 3 PM to 10 PM
  • Art Auction 6/3/17 from 4:00 PM 11:30 PM
  • All ArtMix events on the 2nd Thursday of each month

Benefits of Internship:

  •  Learn and gain an in-depth understanding of Volunteer Management
  • Gain an understanding of general museum operations
  • Gain interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors and staff
  • Gain in depth knowledge of volunteer management systems
  • Learn about some components of event management
  • Become more familiar with the operations of a nonprofit organization
  • Free admission to the museum while an active intern 

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to Stephanie Longoria, Public Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator



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.



Office Assistant – 4th R Program

Great opportunity to help families.  Volunteer will assist the 4th R program determine whether families qualify for child care assistance. Create letters, return phone calls and file.  High school graduate or some college.  Must be familiar with computers, Word, Excel, Publisher, office equipment and basic customer service.  Will communicate with families from diverse and low socio-economic backgrounds by letter and phone.  Volunteer will gain experience working within the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation program and will learn to work with families of diverse and low socio-economic backgrounds.  Schedule can be flexible, seeking a volunteer for 10 or more hours per week.  Location will be the 4th R child Care Program office at 5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento 95824. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Melanie Cancino at (916) 808-7205 or  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: