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Career, Job & Internship Resources during COVID-19

Last Updated: 9/2/2020

Because of the rapid changes to the job market that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for Sacramento State students and alumni, this resource focuses on immediate and remote job opportunities, virtual career events, online learning and career development resources such as how to prepare for a remote interview, and resources if your employer has reduced hours or shut down operations or if you are self-employed or a small business owner in need of support due to COVID-19.

Be aware that COVID-19 is a fluid situation. The Career Center updates this resource weekly and as new information becomes available.

Career Counseling

Remember, if you need one-on-one help searching for jobs/internships, enhancing your resume, translating your career and academic skills, or preparing for virtual interviews, please use our online scheduler to set up an appointment for virtual Career Counseling for help exploring careers or getting a job now or in the future!

Please note, the Career Center does not provide psychological counseling, therapy, or other mental health services. The University provides psychological counseling services for students through Student Health & Counseling Services.

Sacramento State’s Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services (CCDS) offers free counseling to alumni and members of the Sacramento community.

Immediate Hiring to Address Workforce Needs

Although unemployment claims have skyrocketed, some companies are conducting mass hiring RIGHT NOW. Many jobs and internships have moved to remote operations, and some employers are scheduling virtual interviews for positions they expect to begin after conditions improve.

The following listings are a FRACTION of the opportunities and resources emerging on a daily basis.

Be sure to check Handshake for additional jobs and resources.

Grocery Stores

  • Nugget Various positions at Nugget Markets.
  • Raleys is currently hiring for both in-store and corporate positions.
  • Safeway Hiring various positions at Safeway stores such as home delivery, retail, and other positions.
  • Save Mart Hiring various store level and warehouse positions at various locations.

Online Retailers

  • Amazon or text NORCALNOW to 77088 Offering a variety of delivery, sort center, and fulfillment center jobs in Sacramento, West Sacramento, and Roseville as well as Shopping Associates for Whole Foods.
  • Amazon Customer Service or Text AMAZON to 7088 for job alerts.

Health Care and Pharmacies - Large Retail

  • CVS Health Hiring is up with immediate needs locally at Fair Oaks Blvd., Folsom Blvd. and Mack Road locations.
  • Walgreens Various positions at Walgreens.
  • Walmart Hiring regionally across including in-store, customer support, and distribution centers

Food Service & Convenience

Retail & Wholesale

Convenience stores, online retailers, discount chains, health care providers, health care manufacturing, and other essential and frontline employers are also expected to be hiring. Check Handshake for more immediate jobs and resources.


  • City of Sacramento Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment Now Hiring Crew Leaders There are 16 openings, $17.55 per hour, October 10th – December 13. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have experience working with youth preferably age 12 – 18 years of age. Interested candidates can apply at the City of Sacramento website.
  • California State Jobs Many CA state agencies are currently hiring. Including Student Jobs
  • U.S. Department of State - Virtual Student Federal Service (This agency is responsible for over 2,000 digital internship programs across 60 Federal Agencies. These internships are unpaid.) The VSFS vacancy announcement is open July 1 – 31 on the USAJOBS Website. During that time, students may find the listing by searching for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Federal Service” on USAJOBS. Students may apply to up to three projects.
  • Small Business Administration
    • Hiring Loan Processing/Credit Analysis/Mortgage Underwriting
    • Call Center Customer Service Representative (CSR)
    • Document Preparation/Legal Review/ Loan Closings
    • Program Support
  • 2020 U.S. Census Bureau Jobs Although field operations have been delayed, they are still in the process of hiring Temporary Census Takers.
  • Federal Jobs Hiring During COVID-19
  • The IRS is Hiring Recent Graduates Internal Revenue Agent opportunities are available across the country including Sacramento and other locations throughout California.

In Sacramento, Veteran’s Affairs-Veteran's Health Administration and the Small Business Administration are hiring.


  • Talent Exchange Sacramento State Career Center has partnered with Eightfold AI to connect Sac State students and alumni with full- and part-time job opportunities. This proven technology can understand your skills and work history and will automatically match you to relevant jobs available from their client companies.
  • Sacramento LGBT Community Center is hiring Mental Health Clinicians, STEP Coordinator & Case Manager, Assistant Director of Programs, and more.
  • URx For Students – Join this LinkedIn group to receive information regarding student opportunities - from student events to open internship roles.
  • Allied Universal Security positions are available in the Sacramento region.
  • Other employers such as first responders, health care providers, health care manufacturing, and other essential and frontline employers are also expected to be hiring. Check Handshake with Sac State for more immediate jobs and resources.

California COVID-19 Job Resource

  • A one-stop resource for people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Remote Work

  • Parker Dewey Engage in paid projects and remote micro-internships from a variety of disciplines. Find assignments for marketing like copywriting and working in social media, sales projects like lead generation, operations tasks like building reports, and more.
  • Virtual Internships Explore opportunities with around 200 companies that provide meaningful tasks to help students build skills and further their career development.
  • Symba Remote internship opportunities through a variety of organizations nationwide.
  • Take Lessons Get paid to provide online lessons in such subjects as a foreign language, musical instruments, singing, or drawing.
  • Outschool Fill the increased demand for online learning by becoming a virtual teacher.
  • LinkedIn Find remote jobs on LinkedIn by selecting REMOTE in the location field when conducting a job search.
  • Handshake with Sac State Finds remote job opportunities in Handshake by searching for jobs that have the word “remote” in the title. Update your profile to indicate that you are willing to work remotely so that employers can find you. A quick guide to getting the most out of your Handshake profile
  • TutorMe Online Tutor (Various Subjects)

Safe Practices for Communicating with Employers Online

Please be wary of any employers asking to use chat-only platforms or share personal information or asking for an initial investment/purchase. Confirm contact information, don’t share sensitive information via email, and report scams immediately. To find out more about job scam phishing and other malicious emails please visit the campus Information Security webpage.

Virtual Career Fairs/Employer Info Sessions

Handshake with Sac State will continue to serve as the primary portal for students, alumni, and employers to access virtual career fair and employer event information.

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Virtual Learning and Workplace Skills Resources

Sac State's Career Center

  • What Can I Do With This Major? - Learn about career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. 
  • Big Interview - Increase your interview preparedness by practicing answers to common interview questions on video and learning resume best practices to help you land more interviews.
  • Sac State Career Network - Request career advice from professional alumni through this online career mentoring platform.
  • Focus 2 Career(available through your MySacState)Develop your career goals with this tool for self-assessment and making major and career plans, along with tools to identify career readiness skills.


  • Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success - Access free training (for a limited time) on a variety of virtual technologies, communications tools, and strategies that can make you a stronger candidate for careers involving virtual projects and remote teams.
  • LinkedIn for Students - Now more than ever, employers rely on virtual recruiting to find talent. Access tips and training to leverage LinkedIn's resources to land a competitive internship or job.


  • Smarthinking strengthens writing, from grammar skills to composition to career documents.

Emergency Internet Access

Check out these internet service providers offering free public Wi-Fi and other benefits in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Keep Americans Connected Call to Action.

Computer Access

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resources

  • Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides virtual entrepreneurship toolkits, startup information and resources and virtual appointments with entrepreneurs-in-residence.
  • HaneyBiz provides a webinar series to offer advice for small businesses on navigating crises.
  • Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF) activated its Sacramento Region Disaster Fund to help address challenges facing local nonprofit organizations due to COVID-19.
  • Sacramento State Library - HR/Management Resources for COVID-19
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19.

Community/Government Employment Financial and Employment Resources

  • California Employment Development Department (EDD) Coronavirus (COVID-19) provides resources and guidance for workers and employers in response to COVID-19.
  • California EDD Unemployment Insurance
    If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
  • California EDD Disability Insurance
    If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages.
  • California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
    If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Additional information can be found on their main website.
  • California EDD Paid Family Leave
    If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages.
  • Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
    The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees, and all Californians as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Metro Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Rapid Response Hub provides links to resources in place for businesses and employees in response to COVID-19.
  • Sacramento Central Labor Council has volunteered to help local workers impacted by COVID-19 navigate the unemployment process. The hotline for assistance is 916-905-1625.
  • has information about what students and student loan borrowers should do in various circumstances, including students who have Federal Work-Study positions and are unable to work due to school closure or distance learning due to COVID-19.
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    The IRS has tax relief information to help taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the COVID-19.
  • OnwardCA is an initiative of foundations and companies to get workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and back to work as quickly as possible.

(Adapted from Metro Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Rapid Response Hub & City of Sacramento COVID-19 Economic Relief)

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