College-Student Work Experience/Volunteer Program

Volunteer during your summer break and join City of Rancho Santa Margarita staff for this six-week program. This non-paid volunteer program introduces college students and recent grads to City functions. Students will pair up with a different City Department each week and receive an overview of that City function.  Student Volunteers will be assigned duties throughout the program to familiarize them with various professions. The casual working environment provides student volunteers with an opportunity to explore careers in local government. At the end of the program students should have a better understanding of the exciting functions and roles that exist in city government. 


Public Works
Human Resources
Urban Planning & Development
Risk Management
Police Services
Public Information
City Clerk
Community Services
Emergency Management


All volunteer work takes place at the City of Rancho Santa Margarita Civic Plaza - 22112 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688.

Week 1
Thursday July 11, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Student Volunteer Welcome & Orientation
Human Resources, Development Services
Week 2
Thursday July 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Volunteer Work with Public Works & Engineering
Public Works & Engineering
Week 3
Thursday July 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Volunteer Work with City Administration
Finance, City Clerk, City Manager, Public Information
Week 4
Sunday August 4, 2019
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Volunteer Work at City Summer Concerts
Community Services, Risk Management
Week 5
Thursday August 8, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Volunteer Work with Police Services, and Emergency Management
Police Services, Emergency Management
Week 6
Wednesday August 14, 2019
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

Volunteer at City Council Meeting
City Clerk, City Manager, City Council


To be eligible for the student volunteer program, student must be currently enrolled or recently graduated from an accredited college or university. Transcript copies will be requested as part of the application process. Student volunteer must commit to attending all six days. Student Volunteers are not paid, but will receive materials, and refreshments as part of the program. 


Applications for the 2019 Student Work Experience/Volunteer Program are no longer being accepted. Please email to be added to the 2020 interest list.