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Volunteer / Intern Opportunities

The Office of Internships/Volunteer Services is responsible for the recruitment, placement, coordination, and processing 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 which fosters 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 receive clearance through the BCI and NCIC inquiry. In addition, they must attend a mandatory orientation held at the RIDOC's Training Academy.

Student Internships:

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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, Women’s facilities, Planning & Research Unit, Professional Services Unit, Legal Department, Business Office, Information and Public Relations Office, Health Services, Mental Health Services, Special Investigations Unit, Community Confinement Unit (electronic monitoring), and Adult Probation and Parole Departments located throughout the state including the Electronic Monitoring/Parole Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Drug Court, and 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 Coordinator and Training Officer
Adult Probation and Parole
18 Wilma Schesler Lane
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-0385
E-Mail: sharon.turner@doc.ri.gov

Volunteer Programs:

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections provides numerous opportunities to volunteer within our institutions.  A partial listing of programs include:  Inmate Institutional Programs, Chaplaincy/Religious services, Parenting programs, Books Beyond, Educational programs, Medical/Health services and other specialized programs.

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

Ken Findlay
Interdepartmental Project Manager
18 Wilma Schesler Lane
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-0185
E-Mail: ken.findlay@doc.ri.gov