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

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


Department of Human Resources - City of Sacramento Social Media and Communications Internship

City of Sacramento Department of Human Resources, Volunteer Program seeks an unpaid intern or volunteer for 10-15 hours per week for a semester(flexible scheduling is available).  Start date would be Fall 2015 . Duties include assisting with and coordinating social media and communications for the City of Sacramento Volunteer Program. This position will offer a student the opportunity to experience city government while working on a variety of topics that directly impact the community. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: managing and engaging in a variety of social media platforms, drafting a consistent schedule of content for various social media channels, photographing events and posting to media, attending outreach events, and writing and editing newsletter content. Candidates must have knowledge of and experience with using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), utilize creative writing skills, be self-motived and comfortable with multi-tasking, and enjoy meeting people and sharing information. Communications, public relations, marketing, or journalism experience with some graphic design and photography experience are preferred. If interested please contact Mary Lynn Perry at  or call (916) 808-8317. To be considered, please provide a resume, three references, and a writing sample.

Sacramento History Center Graduate Internship

Volunteer and Intern Handbook - Before applying for a volunteer position at the Center, all prospective applicants must first read and review the Volunteer and Intern Handbook. There you will find specific instructions on what positions are available, CSH policies, and the code of ethics that all volunteers agree to abide by during their service. Download the Volunteer and Intern Handbook (pdf).

Applying to Become an Intern:  To be considered for an internship, an Intern Application (pdf) must be completed. While the Center usually works with no more than two graduate student interns each semester, staff workloads dictate the final number selected. The selection of interns is a competitive process. Priority is given to students enrolled in history, public history, museum studies, and library science programs. Completed applications must also include a resume and two letters of reference. All application materials must be submitted together and mailed to or dropped off at the Center. Applications must meet the posted deadlines to be considered. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. CSH does not accept faxed or electronically submitted applications. Receipt of application does not guarantee an internship. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact the applicant to confirm receipt of their application.

Please indicate on the Intern Application which position you are applying for:

  • Cataloging Assistant

  • Historic Images Assistant

  • Museum Collections Assistant

  • Curator of History Assistant

  • Archival Assistant

A descriptive summary of the position duties and the skills required can be found on pages eight and nine in the Volunteer and Intern Handbook.

Completed applications, resumes, and letters of reference should be mailed together, and must be postmarked by or dropped off at CSH by the following deadlines:

  • August 20th for fall semester

  • December 20th for spring semester

  • May 20th for summer semester

Applications will be reviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator and appropriate Center staff members in light of current openings. Due to the Center’s small staff and the limited number of internships, the application process is competitive. The Volunteer Coordinator will arrange an interview with the top applicants. During the interview, the Volunteer Coordinator, appropriate CSH staff members, and the applicant will discuss goals, work plans, and expectations; be introduced to the staff; and take a tour of the Center. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact the interviewee within one week of the interview to confirm internship status. Once selected, interns will be assigned a supervisor from the Center’s staff. Together a project or work-plan will be finalized, and a work schedule set. The supervisor will serve as the intern’s primary contact with the Center.  All paperwork required by the intern’s graduate program remains the responsibility of the intern. It is also the intern’s responsibility to make sure they complete the total number of hours required by their graduate program within the semester that they are enrolled in the internship. CSH does not allow interns to take incompletes and make up their hours in the following semester(s); all required hours must be completed within the semester the intern is enrolled in the internship. Students completing an internship and wishing to continue their internship into the following semester must reapply; students are restricted to a maximum of two internships at CSH. Download the Intern Application (pdf). If you have additional questions about the Sacramento History Center's volunteer and intern program, please call (916) 808-7072 and ask to speak to the Volunteer Coordinator


District 5 is hiring an unpaid intern to assist with community outreach efforts, staffing the office, and other projects and activities. The intern will gain valuable work experience. Qualified candidates will be invited for interviews.
Under the direction of the District Director, the intern will perform the following duties:
• General administrative tasks
• Answer and respond to constituent calls
• Maintain various data bases, sort and process mail
• Assist staff on specific topics or projects
• Attend community meetings & meetings
• Outreach to underserved communities
• Other duties as assigned
Job Requirements
• Must be able to work 10-15 hrs per week. Scheduling is flexible.
• Have an interest in city government and public service.
• Possess excellent customer service skills, strong oral & written communication skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office & social media navigation tools.
• Ability to work in fast passed environments.
• Must provide own transportation. Parking will be provided.
Additional Skills Desired
• Bilingual in Spanish/English
• District 5 resident strongly preferred
Please note: there is no age limit. If a student is looking for a long-term internship that will fall in line with academic requirements, we are glad to work with the student and their campus, as needed. 
To apply, submit cover letter and resume to:
Zelia Gonzales/Intern Coordinator:

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. 

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:


About the Internship

The Mayoral Internship Program offers an unparalleled opportunity to work with one of the most dynamic, visionary and high profile Mayor's Offices in the country. Interns support both policy teams and operating teams.

Interns will be based in the Mayor’s Office and must commit to at least 40 hours a week for 8 weeks during the summer and 15 hours per week for 10 weeks during the Fall and Spring.


  • Currently enrolled in a college or graduate program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Top Candidates Possess:

  • Strong interest in public service/public policy
  • Demonstrated record of achievement
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced setting
  • Strong computer proficiency

To Apply

For the latest information, contact the Mayor's Office:  916-808-5300