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

Crocker Art Museum

Facility Use and Special Events Intern

Looking for excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and experience working in the fields of Development & Facility Use within a Museum and non-profit environment? Become an intern with the Crocker and get experience with event planning, fundraising for events, and museum operations. This position will interface weekly with a variety of staff within the Development Department & Facility Use as well as some interdepartmental staff and volunteers. The intern will assist the Facility Use & Development Departments, working closely with the Special Events Coordinator and Manager for Facility Use to assist with events and general needs of both departments, including event planning, scheduling, storage & event equipment management, renter/vendor relationships, decor, volunteer management, administrative tasks, and much more. Applicants must have strong suits in problem solving, multitasking organizational skills, and be a great communicator. Interns must be college students or recent graduates with an interest in event planning. This internship runs from August through December, with a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours per week. Download the intern application at   or contact Rachel Burlingame at (916) 808-8356 or 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.   

Marketing and Communications Internship


 Marketing and Communications gets the word out. In order to do so, we work closely with all departments to understand the Museum’s offerings and present it to members, guests, and the general public in a manner that speaks to them. That means customizing the message to engage and entice them to visit the museum; whether to participate in a program, attend an event, view an exhibition, enjoy a bite at the cafe, get some retail therapy in the museum store, or simply to get inspired by our extensive (and constantly rotating) permanent collection.


  • Enthusiastic and ready to learn!
  • College student or recent graduate with an emphasis in Marketing, Communications, or related field
  • Completed marketing coursework a must, experience in marketing a plus
  • Strong computer skills, Microsoft Office a must, Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • Strong organization skills a must
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working independently


  • Assist in market research for promotional and fundraising purposes
  • Assist in developing and executing marketing campaigns and strategies to build brand awareness and build relationships with local community, online and in-person
  • Assist in content creation to engage social media followers
  • Distribute collateral and other promotional materials
  • Other responsibilities as needed


  • 3 months minimum
  • Minimum of 8 hours per week, 1-2 days a week
  • Some evening and weekends required for special events


  • Gain familiarity with marketing strategies and media relations tools
  • Gain an understanding of general museum operations
  • Strengthen skill set in written and verbal communication, project management, and professional skills
  • Gain experience in project management
  • Free museum admission


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.

Sacramento365 Internship is on the lookout for a student intern to assist with administrative tasks, event outreach, and blogging. This internship provides copy editing and writing experience, as well as ways to become involved with the local community. School credit can be earned and some recommended areas of study include (but are not limited to): English, Journalism, Arts, Computer Science/Information Tech. If you are currently enrolled in school and available to devote 10-15 hours/week (non-paid), we'd love to see your resume.

A quick outline of what we are looking for in an intern:

  • Familiar with Word, Excel, web browsing, photo editing (HTML knowledge would be great!)
  • Excellent vocabulary and grammar skills are a must, as responsibilities will largely be posting events & writing about events
  • Attention to detail and ability to focus
  • Available to work 10-15 hours a week for a minimum of 4 months; times are flexible.
  • Work is to be done in our offices (300 Richards Blvd), unless otherwise arranged.
  • Friendly, upbeat personality
  • Reliable transportation

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): quick outline of what we are looking for in an intern:

  • Edit & post pending events in CMS panel of Sac365
  • Assist with research and data collection/entry as needed
  • Collect info for & post new events on the website
  • Send confirmation emails to content providers
  • Daily and weekly reports of work completed
  • Approx 15hrs/week

There may be additional opportunities for the intern to include: staffing promotional booths at events (including set up and breakdown of table/materials), attending events on our behalf, and writing up short articles previewing/reviewing events for online posting, etc.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: Rachael Lankford, Managing Calendar Editor at or for more information call: 916-808-8642

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

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to:

For more information, visit

For further information about volunteer opportunities please contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at 916-808-8317 or