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Volunteer / Intern Opportunities

The Office of Volunteer Services and Internships is responsible for the recruitment, placement, and coordination of all volunteers and interns throughout the various units of the Department of Corrections.

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections encourages the use of volunteers and student interns to augment services to the offender population. Volunteers and student interns represent a cost effective means of providing valuable and professional expertise and also foster understanding and cooperation between the RIDOC and various community groups, religious groups, colleges and universities, and the public at large.

All volunteers and interns must fill out an application and go through the BCI and NCIC inquiry. In addition, they must attend a mandatory orientation held at the RIDOC's Training Academy.

Volunteer Programs:

A partial listing of volunteer opportunities include:

  • Chaplaincy Team
  • Books Beyond Program
  • Holidays Not Forgotten
  • Space in Prison for the Arts & Creative Expression (SPACE PROGRAM) run by the Brown University Swearer Center
  • Adult Probation and Parole Department
  • Arts in Healing
  • Girls Scouts of Rhode Island
  • Parent/Child Visitation Program
  • Educational programs

Student Internships:

New Click here to see our Interships brochure.

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections continues to provide unique and challenging internship opportunities for students. Interns assist staff in working with adult male and female offenders within an institutional or community corrections setting for course credit. Interns work under the supervision and guidance of a DOC staff person in accordance to the criteria of their college or university.


Internships may be available in Minimum Security; Medium Security; the Women’s facilities; the Planning & Research Unit; the Professional Services Unit, the Legal Department; the Business Office; the Information and Public Relations Office; Health Services; Mental Health Services; the Special Investigations Unit; the Community Confinement Unit (electronic monitoring); and the Adult Probation and Parole Departments located throughout the state including the Electronic Monitoring/Parole Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Drug Court, and the Sex Offender Unit.

To inquire about any of the volunteer or internship opportunities within the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, please contact:

Sharon Turner
Intern/Volunteer/Training Officer
Adult Probation and Parole
18 Wilma Schesler Lane
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-0385
E-Mail: sharon.turner@doc.ri.gov