Summer STEPS Internship

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Application Period

The application period will open on April 17, 2018. The application acceptance period will close upon receipt of 100 applications per department or 5:00 p.m., April 30, 2018, whichever occurs first. These recruitments' may close without notice. Panel interviews will be scheduled during the second, third and fourth week of May by each department.

About The Summer STEPS Internship Program

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.




The City of West Sacramento is comprised of 8 departments, and will be staffed with a minimum of 2 interns for the Summer STEPS Program.

  • Administrative Services
    • Finance
    • Information Technology
  • City Manager’s Office
    • City Clerk
    • Community Relations/Graphic Services
    • Human Resources
    • Risk Management
    • Government Affairs
  • Economic Development & Housing
    • Port of West Sacramento
    • Housing
    • Urban Farms
  • Community Development
    • Building
    • Code Enforcement
    • Development Engineering
    • Planning
    • Flood Protection
    • Administration
  • Fire
    • Emergency Services
    • Fire Prevention
    • Fire Administration
    • Hazardous Materials
  • Parks & Recreation
    • Parks
    • Recreation
    • Tree Program
    • Early Learning Services
  • Police
    • Administrative
    • Uniformed Services
    • Support Services
    • Constitutional Policing
  • Public Works
    • Engineering (Construction, Drafting, Civil)
    • Administration
    • Operations
    • Traffic & Transportation
    • Environmental Services
    • Facilities Development

Program Objective

The City of West Sacramento (City) offers the Summer STEPS Internship Program (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.
  • Priority will be given to Washington Unified School District (WUSD) students who are enrolled in a career-driven pathway or academy. Secondary preference will also be given to other Washington Unified School District students and graduates, and West Sacramento residents.

Program Operations & Schedule

Selected interns are expected to commit to the entire eight (8) week internship period of Monday, June 18, 2018 through Friday, August 3, 2018. Consideration will be given to students who need to make adjustments to their start and end dates on a case-by-case basis. Interns must be able to work up to eight (8) hours per day, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This includes a one (1) hour, non-paid lunch break.

How to Apply

Candidates may submit applications for up to 2 separate departments. Failure to follow these instructions, will result in a disqualification from consideration.

Online Application (Preferred Method): Candidates are encouraged to apply on-line using the CalOpps web site at and visiting the City of West Sacramento’s employment page. The CalOpps application is considered an official City application. Be sure to submit all the required documents, which include; official City application, resume, and completed supplemental questionnaire.


Paper Application: You may submit the required documents, which include; official City application, resume, and completed supplemental questionnaire to:

City of West Sacramento
Human Resources Division
1110 West Capitol Avenue, 3rd Floor
West Sacramento, California 95691

A City application can be obtained in person, by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope (#10 or business size) to the Human Resources Division, or by downloading from the City’s website at

You will be disqualified if you do not submit a City application, resume and completed supplemental questionnaire.

Clearly indicate the specific department/division applied for on your application. Applicant may be required to submit additional proof of qualifications if sufficient information is not provided


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.

Level Criteria Responsibility
Student Intern – Level I $10.50-$11.50/hour
  • High School Juniors and Seniors, 16 Years of Age or Older
Closely supervised and work as assistants. Responsible for learning the Department’s policies, procedures and methods of operation; collecting and tabulating data; and learning how to interpret such.
Student Intern – Level II $11.75-$13.25/hour
  • Incoming 1st or 2nd Year College or University Students
  • Community College Students
In addition to the above, Level II Student Interns should be able to evaluate information gained in accordance with established policies and procedures and assist professional staff members in ongoing project work.
Student Intern – Level III $13.50-$15.00/hour
  • Incoming 3rd or 4th Year College/university Students
    • Student Interns at This Level Must Work in Their Chosen Field of Study
Level III Student Interns would be able to perform all of the above and to participate in project work in an increasingly responsible role. They could also participate in team analysis of problems and in preparation of reports under the supervision of professionals.
Student Apprentice $15.00-$20.00/hour
  • Professional and Graduate School Students
    • Student Interns at This Level Must Work in Their Chosen Field of Study
In addition to all of the above, the Level IV Student Intern, under the supervision of professionals, could assume responsibility for preliminary studies, analyses, and recommendations on systems, devices, machines, and procedures of the department.

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