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Program overview

The Home Run internship program offers 8-week paid summer internships for high school students in the Washington Unified School District (WUSD) in West Sacramento. Interns can work up to 40 hours per week and are paid the California Minimum Wage by the City of West Sacramento.

Interns receive training before and during the internship, and they can earn college credit through Sacramento City College. Training takes place during work hours, so interns will not be available for work for up to two hours each week.

Internship supervisor responsibilities

An internship is meant to be a learning experience, so supervising an intern involves teaching, mentoring and serving as a role model. In addition, intern supervisors should be prepared to:

  • Interview, select and make offers to interns.
  • Attend a supervisor orientation.
  • Approve time sheets.
  • Meet with intern(s) at the beginning of the internship to identify learning goals and develop a work plan together.
  • Check in frequently with intern(s) to answer questions, ensure progress toward learning goals and provide constructive feedback.
  • Address behavioral or performance issues and report any ongoing problems to Home Run team.
  • Be available for scheduled check-ins or site visits by the Home Run team and respond to information requests in a timely manner.
  • Participate in an end-of-summer celebration.
  • Complete a supervisor survey administered by the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce at the conclusion of the internship.

It is a great way to mentor people and help push them to learn jobs that they never thought were available.

Chris White

Executive Director, The West Sacramento Foundation

Internship eligibility requirements

Interns must be 16 years old by the first day of the internship and have completed at least one course in one of WUSD’s Career Technical Education Pathways.

Previous internship providers

The Home Run internship program has operated for several years, with internships provided by these local supporters of West Sacramento Youth:

  • Bella Vida Farm
  • Bridges of the Mind Psychological Services, Inc.
  • CABS Heating & Air Conditioning
  • California Department of Parks & Recreation
  • Center for Land Based Learning
  • City of West Sacramento
  • Computers 4 Kids
  • Cramer Fish Sciences
  • Crisp Catering/Gold Rush Grille
  • Elica Health Centers
  • Fiery Ginger Farm
  • Frontier Energy, Inc./California Fuel Cell Partnership
  • GRAS/ReSoil Sacramento
  • Hampton Inn and Suites West Sacramento
  • Health Education Council
  • Lenise’s Cafe
  • Lindenmuth, Inc. DBA Mobile Truck Service
  • Miyamoto International
  • Nippon Shokken USA, Inc.
  • Sacramento River Cats
  • Sacramento Tech Exchange
  • Solectric
  • Three Sisters Gardens
  • Wallace-Kuhl & Associates
  • Washington Unified School District
  • We Grow Urban Farm
  • West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce
  • West Sacramento Fire Department
  • West Sacramento Foundation

This program gave me the opportunity to supervise an intern, which let me show off my supervising skills. So for organizations that have someone who wants to become a supervisor, this is a great opportunity to take that approach.

Ben Xiong

Program Manager, Frontier Energy

Internship Calendar

All dates for 2023 program

  • Apr. 5 Employer deadline to submit internships
  • Apr. 10 Applications open to students
  • Apr. 26 Applications close at midnight
  • May 8-12 Interviews
  • May 19 Internship placements finalized
  • June 5 Intern orientation (virtual)
  • June 7 Supervisor orientation (virtual)
  • June 12 Intern onboarding & training
  • June 13 First day of work
  • Aug. 4 Last day of work

Get involved in the Home Run program

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