Summer STEPS Internship

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Application Period

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer STEPS Internship Program is on hold until further review. To view job openings for the City of West Sacramento, please visit

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Summer STEPS is not your typical internship. Facilitated by the City of West Sacramento, Summer STEPS is an opportunity for local youth to gain work experience with the City of West Sacramento, with an emphasis on civic engagement. Each summer, high school, college, and graduate students are recruited in each of our eight city departments. Selected interns learn not only about their assigned department’s daily operation, but also how all city departments’ work together to form an innovative, safe place to live, work, and play. Summer STEPS is a program unlike the rest; offering a full-time, paid experience throughout the summer. Additionally, Summer STEPS is an outcomes-based internship opportunity. Using digital badging, each intern has a specific list of tasks and goals to accomplish by the end of the summer and which can then be referenced in future interviews, demonstrating that they have indeed learned practical skills. So, if you want to learn about a progressive city, gain practical work experience, and have fun while doing it, Summer STEPS is the program for you! The 2018 Summer STEPS Internship Program runs from Monday, June 18, 2018 through Friday, August 3, 2018. We are looking for highly motivated and aspiring students, ages 16 years or older, to apply for this exciting paid internship opportunity.

Program Objective

The City of West Sacramento offers the Summer STEPS Internship Program to high school juniors and seniors at least 16 years of age as well as incoming college students, current college students, and students pursuing graduate degrees. The Program is an extremely valuable experience for students. It is designed to offer the student an opportunity to incorporate realistic and practical work experiences, not normally achievable in a classroom setting, into their academic programs. This objective is achieved by providing a supervised work experience for the student that enhances the student’s academic expertise, proficiency, and problem-solving abilities. It also enables a student to gain insights into municipal government for which they have demonstrated an interest for future employment. It provides contacts and networking opportunities to assist in securing possible future employment within the City. In addition, the program offers great benefits to the City. The City will gain the services of dependable, conscientious, motivated, and knowledgeable students who are able to think critically, work on special projects, and bring a helping hand and a fresh perspective.

Eligibility For The Program

In order to be eligible to participate in the Program, the intern must:

  • Be a high school junior or senior 16 years of age or older OR be enrolled in an accredited college/university or a graduating high school senior enrolled in an accredited college/university.
  • Be able to work in the US.
  • Submit an official City application form, resume, and supplemental questionnaire.
  • Must demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in public sector.


All interns will receive compensation for hours worked. Compensation will be in the form of an hourly wage. All interns will work as at-will employees of the City. Extra help positions with the City are not eligible for any City provided benefits other than those required by law.

The levels of student intern classifications are based on educational levels rather than job duties. The level of appointment is governed by a determination of the student’s standing with respect to his/her degree objective and not simply by number of units earned.


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