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

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 over a 6 month period (flexible scheduling is available).  Start date would be May, 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.

Department of Parks and Recreation

Oak Park Community Center/Marketing Internship

Importance of Position: To promote programs, events and activities at the Oak Park Community Center

Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment: communication, customer service, social media, public speaking and able to gain understanding of community center programs and purpose.

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

-Contact local school to seek ways to promote community center programs.

-learn and understand programs and services provided at the community center.

-update Facebook and Twitter about upcoming events

-seek donations and support from business and stores

-speak to local schools and students about programs

-update and hand out flyers

Training Provided: On the Job

Person supervising volunteer:  DeDee Cornelius and Tracy Lawson

Duration of assignment: March to June 2015

Hours Needed and Proposed Schedule: 5-10 hours a week.  Afternoon schedule very flexible.

Assignment location: Oak Park Community Center 3425 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Sac CA 95817

Benefits of Volunteering:  To enlighten surrounding community about programs and services offered.

Contact DeDee

Crocker Art Museum

Art Access Internship

The Art Access program is comprised of several museum tours designed to serve community members who might otherwise have difficulty accessing and enjoying the museum.  These tours include: touch tours for the visually-impaired, sign-interpreted tours for the hearing-impaired, Art Rx for those dealing with chronic pain, as well as tours designed especially for people living with dementia.  Our Art Access scholarship program offers qualified groups free entry to the museum, ensuring that cost is never a barrier for people who wish to experience the beneficial power of art.  The Art Access Intern will be working directly with the Education and Community Associate in the Education Department at the Crocker Art Museum. This internship provides experience in several areas associated with the museum’s Art Access Program, including research, outreach, programming and more. This position may also work with other staff in the Education Department on tasks to broaden their knowledge of the inner workings of the Crocker.

Currently undertaking a Bachelor’s Degree, or has already completed it.  Students in special education, communications, or recreational therapy are especially encouraged to apply.
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Fluent in Microsoft Word and Excel; can quickly learn new programs.
Must be able to work well independently, and can take initiative in completing tasks
The intern will assist the Education and Community Associate with various tasks, including the following:
Developing the Art Access program (working with visitors with disabilities).
Programming and data collection related to Art Access
Research and outreach efforts related to Art Access
May include some basic clerical tasks, including filing, copying, taking notes, etc.
Minimum of a three-month commitment
At least 8 hours a week (two days)
Gaining an understanding of general museum operations
Gaining interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors and staff
Being involved directly in behind-the-scenes events like programming, program development, and interdepartmental relations.
To apply, submit your completed application package to Rachel Burlingame, Volunteer Coordinator, at  Download the intern application at or contact Rachel Burlingame at (916) 808-8356 to receive one by mail. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Volunteer Services Internship

The museum relies on the support and dedication of almost 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: MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Experience working independently
Comfortable working with the public and providing great customer service
Experience in database management a plus
Experience in Volunteer Management a plus

 DESCRIPTION: The intern will assist the Coordinator of Volunteers with special projects related to both the volunteer and internship program, these may include the following:
Updating the Internship Handbook
Creating new internal documents and forms related to the Internship program
Create a new filing system for volunteer applications and paperwork
Create a new “Intern Welcome Packet”
Help design and execute staff training(s) on Internship and Volunteer programs
Help design and execute volunteer trainings on Customer Service and Art Appreciation
Researching museum internship programs and making recommendations
Assisting with the administrative side of the on-boarding process
Assisting with volunteer coordination for regular and large events, including Thursday’s ‘Til Nine, Crocker Ball, and Noon Year’s Eve.

 INTERNSHIP PERIOD:  3 months minimum
September through the end of December 2014
Minimum of 8 hours per week, 2 days a week. One day must include Thursday’s from 2pm-7pm
Special event days that intern must be available include:
Crocker Ball – Saturday, December 6th from 4pm-Midnight
Noon Year’s Eve Family Festival – December 31st from 9am-3pm

BENEFITS:  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
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

APPLY:   To apply, submit your completed application package to Rachel Burlingame, Volunteer Coordinator, at  Download the intern application at
or contact Rachel Burlingame at (916) 808-8356 to receive one by mail. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Studio Experiences Internship

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. The intern will assist the Manager of Studio Experiences with the Studio Experience program by serving as a community liaison for the museum, assisting with the implementation of studio art classes, and more. This is an opportunity to gain confidence in public speaking, learn about museum operations, increase organizational skills and much more. Applicants must be completing or have recently completed a degree in Studio Art or Art History or have a comprehensive background in these subject areas and must be comfortable interacting with the public. This position runs from January 18 – May 25, June 20 – August 15, 2014 or both. For questions about the internship please contact Emma Moore at 916-808-1961 or To apply, submit your completed application package to Rachel Burlingame, Volunteer Coordinator, at Download the intern application at or contact Rachel Burlingame at (916) 808-8356 to receive one by mail.

Education/All About Families Internship

All About Families is the Museum’s initiative to engage family audiences.  Currently, the Museum provides art experiences for infants, toddlers, preschool-age children, school groups, homeschoolers, teens, families, and multigenerational groups.  Offerings for children and families include gallery-based activities, studio art classes, tours, workshops, family festivals, birthday parties, camps, take-home Art Packs, an early childhood resource center, and an interactive gallery space for young children

The All About Families Intern will provide valuable support for the Museum’s programs for our youngest visitors (ages 0-5) as well as for families with older children.  


  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, education, art, or related field
  • Ability to safely and responsibly engage in activities that require close contact with original works of art, hands-on experiences that explore art processes, and interactions with children
  • Experience working with young children and enjoyment interacting with families
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


The intern will assist the All About Families Manager and Educator with the following:

  • Maintain organization and cleanliness of Tot Land, the Crocker’s interactive gallery space for families with young children, including library check-in/-out materials
  • Enhance and maintain the Early Childhood Resource Center
  • Prepare art materials for programs
  • Present or co-present programs to Museum visitors
  • Research developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers, preschool-age, and school-age children
  • Develop ideas and lessons for gallery-based and studio-based programs
  • Assist with evaluation of programs
  • Conduct data entry


  • 9-12 weeks at 10 hours per week, minimum


  • Gain an understanding of general museum operations
  • Gain interpersonal skills through interaction with museum visitors and staff
  • Gain an understanding of program planning and facilitation for diverse audiences   


To apply, submit your completed application package to Rachel Burlingame, Volunteer Coordinator, at Download the intern application at or contact Rachel Burlingame at (916) 808-8356 to receive one by mail. Incomplete applications will not be considered.   

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