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​Rhode Island State Government Internship Program

If you’re interested in a challenging, rewarding experience where you will grow, learn and also contribute in concrete and meaningful ways, the RI State Government Internship Program may be just what you’re looking for. Internships enhance your academic career and personal development. Internships provide you with valuable, first-hand experience which enables you to develop important, useful workplace skills.

The RI State Government Internship Program started as an idea in February 1967. Political scientists from several Rhode Island colleges brought forth the vision of a coordinated educational program involving colleges and agencies of state government. The Internship Program was launched shortly after the 1968 elections and was broadened to a statewide program through state legislation on April 15, 1969.

Get Involved

Students are connected with internship experiences throughout state government. This includes the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches as well as state departments of government and non-profit organizations. Students are placed in areas of interest where they work with their placement supervisor on a variety of projects and tasks that enable them to meet educational learning objectives.

Educational Focus

The internship experience provides real world experience with a strong educational focus. The Internship Program is open to college students, graduate students and law school students. High school Juniors and Seniors are also eligible to apply. Please note, due to possible age restrictions and job duties, certain placements may not be available for high school students. Many interns earn college credit. Students should inquire with their faculty advisors to ensure that they are receiving credit when possible.