Volunteering & Internships
- Adopt a Block
- Pick up litter on your adopted block, and make downtown Madison clean, beautiful and inviting for all!
- Adopt Ice Partnership
- Help Parks staff with maintaining ice skating rinks during the winter season.
- Adopt a Median
- Make Madison beautiful and promote a healthy environment by maintaining medians!
- Apply to be on a City Board, Commission or Committee.
- View a list of current Committee Vacancies that you may be able to fill.
- Earth Day Challenge
- Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up your local park and neighborhood! Volunteers may assist with trash pickup and park maintenance.
- Election Officials
- Election Officials ensure that our elections are open, fair, impartial, and trusted. Officials help elections to run smoothly, and are compensated for their time.
- Flower Garden Volunteers
- The City of Madison provides plants for volunteers wishing to plant and maintain a flower garden in a City Park.
- Madison Public Library
- Opportunities in our libraries change regularly. If you have a special talent or skill you would like to share, contact your local library’s manager to discuss your ideas.
- Madison Senior Center
- Volunteers of all ages are welcome! Provide services, or work side-by-side with older adults in the community.
- Monona Terrace
- A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available. Mentor a classroom, volunteer at an event, give guided tours, and much more!
- My Brother’s Keeper Madison
- President Barack Obama challenged cities to build opportunities for boys and young men of color. In 2014, Mayor Paul Soglin and the Common Council pledged to become a My Brother’s Keeper Community.
- Olbrich Botanical Gardens
- Explore horticulture, gardening, the environment, beauty, and the partnership between people and nature. Volunteers welcome and educate visitors, and partner with staff to keep the gardens beds beautiful.
- Rain Gardens
- Growing a rain garden is a great way to get involved in improving our lakes and streams. Join the 1,000 Rain Gardens initiative.
- Ride the Drive
- A wide variety of opportunities are available. All volunteers receive a free one year B-Cycle membership!
- Affirmative Action Student Professionals in Residence (AASPIRE)
- College students interested in Public Administration can intern for 8-9 weeks. Interns will be guided and mentored by City staff.
AASPIRE internships are paid positions, sponsored by the City of Madison.
- Law Student Internship Program
- Intern with the Office of the City Attorney (OCA). Students receive on-the-job training, while helping the OCA to best serve the City of Madison.
- Madison Public Library
- Internships are available for students of many different disciplines. Students interested in library science, communications, media, art, education and more are encouraged to apply!
- Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship Program
- The Wanda Fullmore Program gives underprivileged teens the opportunity to gain training and employment in the City government.
Some positions may require an Application.