Campus recruiting

Get valuable work experience as you earn your college degree.

Up to

$25 /hr

Earning potential

98 interns

Worked with us last year

Of 2020 interns,

28 %

employed post-grad


If you attend college, we may have a job for you. We're looking for full-time students who can work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. During the summer and academic breaks, students can work up to 130 hours per month when work is available.

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Still in high school? Learn out about our 6-week summer program.

College internship highlights

Whether it be networking with established career professionals, volunteering in the community, or even having coffee with the executives, our students have the opportunity to explore various career paths and gain valuable work experience in a workplace culture that’s second to none.

  • Competitive pay
  • Flexible hours
  • An inclusive and diverse culture
  • Paid sick time
  • Exposure to various departments
  • Networking opportunities and events
  • Interaction with established career professionals
  • Community service and volunteer opportunities
  • Career and industry training opportunities
  • Interaction with other student interns
  • Exposure to management

These are the minimum requirements across all college student positions:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (12 units undergrad / 8 units graduate level) at a college or university
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 each year and each semester/quarter
  • Cannot have relatives who work at SMUD
  • Must not have more than two vehicle violations in the past two years

If you have questions about college internships, please contact us at


SMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Student Staff Assistant
$17.47 – $21.29/hour

  • Full-time student (12 units undergrad or 8 units graduate level)  

STEM Student Assistant
$21.57 - $26.28/hour

  • Full-time student (12 units undergrad or 8 units graduate level) studying science, technology, engineering or math

Graduate Intern
$32.31 – $42.77/hour

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited school
  • Full-time graduate student (8 units) in an accredited school
  • Completed at least one year of graduate course work
  • At least two years of relevant work experience

As an intern, you'll have the opportunity to gain real work experience and new skills in your chosen career. Here are just a few of the things our interns have been responsible for:


Treasury & Risk Management Intern

  • Perform analytical and research tasks and develop written, graphic or oral reports
  • Make computations and analyze data for degree of confidence and for alternative courses of action
  • Develop computer programs relating to assignments and code material for established programs

Energy Education Intern

  • Answer phones and register the public for classes; sign in attendees and answer general questions
  • Prepare materials for K-12 classes and hand out materials and surveys at classes
  • Assist in preparing for large educational events by organizing materials and packing promotional item 

iSOC Technician Intern

  • Monitor SIEM solution for incoming offenses with initial triage
  • Monitor antivirus, web filtering, IDS, database vulnerability management and malicious communications for potential Level II incidents
  • Respond to ticketing system for customer requests such as password resets, website unblock requests, login problems and quarantined files

Community Outreach Events Intern

  • Detailed organization, tracking and data entry of all event details on outreach tracking system
  • Email and correspond with community organizations regarding event details
  • Preparing materials for events and presentations
  • Organize and track inventory for outreach equipment, materials and inventory

Education Relations Intern

  • Assist in developing curriculum and hands-on activities related to careers at SMUD
  • Develop tools to market these activities to teachers (for example, develop social media campaigns or short films)
  • Develop project plans and launch energy career competitions based on the Tiny House Competition
  • Update SMUD’s Career Ambassador SharePoint Site

R & D Engineering Intern

  • Assist in the development of project scope and project management documentation
  • Oversee or conduct implementation of project tasks and project reporting
  • Assist in the development of technical requirements for systems and tools
  • Analyze load and usage data

Environmental Science Intern

  • Support biological and cultural assessments
  • Assist in the planning, coordinating, monitoring, developing and reviewing of environmental compliance work related to transmission, substation and facility development projects
  • Support hazardous material, storm water, air quality and water quality projects

Marketing and Market Research Intern

  • Copywriting for both print and web
  • Assist in coordinating video and photo shoots
  • Create graphic and oral reports
  • Create campaign-related content for social media
  • Detailed organization, tracking and data entry
  • Assist with research and survey projects 

Internship award

Award winning internship program

We're proud to receive the 2020 Internship Program of the Year Award in the Sacramento region from Interns 2 Pros. In recognition of excellence in internship strategy, implementation and impact, this award shows our dedication to giving back to local students with unique and valuable internships. 

We’re also honored to be recognized nationally as a top 5 finalist in the 2021 Interns 2 Pros Virtual Internship Program of the Year. We’re thrilled to be among some major finalists including, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)! 

College intern testimonials

student intern

My internship at SMUD has been an invaluable and fundamental step in my development. I’m able to use the knowledge and skills that I‘m learning in school and apply them to my work. Overall, SMUD has provided me with many opportunities and learning experiences that have helped me grow as a student, an individual and as an intern. I’m glad that I‘m able to work around amazing people that have taught me not only work-related skills but also personal skills that will help me with future job opportunities.

Le D.
Sacramento State University
Former college intern

student intern

When I started at SMUD as an intern, I was afraid to answer the phone. Now, I plan events, present to hundreds of people and care about light bulbs more than I ever thought I would. On top of the professional experience, my internship helped me win scholarships, improved my confidence and created lifelong friendships.

Kaelin S.
Cosumnes River College,
Sacramento State University
Former college intern, current full-time employee

student intern

Being an intern at SMUD was one of the most rewarding experiences because what I learned here is nothing that I would have learned in my college courses. This internship has prepared me for the real world. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming that it felt like I was a part of the family.  Being surrounded by that type of environment is what made me want to get up and go to work every day.

Varinder S.
California State University, Chico
Former college intern, current full-time employee


High school student jobs

Empower your future with a summer high school internship

High school interns have a unique opportunity to get an inside look into professions that could inspire career choices over a 6-week paid summer internship program. Students can explore fields including information technology, engineering, customer service, administrative support, vehicle mechanics, accounting, human resources, marketing and many others.


  • Gain real work experience and new skills to add to your resume
  • Learn about the public utility industry
  • Attend professional workshops
  • Network with other students and industry professionals
  • Tour SMUD facilities
  • Learn valuable leadership skills


  • Must be 16 years of age or older (currently a Junior or Senior in high school)
  • Have a 2.5 or better GPA
  • Provide your own transportation
  • Attend mandatory (unpaid) program orientation
  • Attend mandatory (unpaid) work readiness workshops and video interviews
  • Attend mandatory (paid) 3 day internship preparation workshops
  • Be able to work 36 hours a week
  • Have no relatives working at SMUD
  • Be comfortable using email and the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Must attend an eligible high school in our SMUD service area. Eligibility rotates each year between the eight high school districts in our service area
For more information about high school internships, email Sacramento Employment & Training Agency at