Volunteer / Intern Opportunities

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 precautions in place, new volunteer opportunities have been put on hold until further notice. The RIDOC greatly appreciates the programs and services provided by our dedicated volunteers. Please check back for updates.

The Office of Internships/Volunteer Services is responsible for the recruitment, placement, coordination and processing of all volunteers and interns throughout the various units within the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC).

The RIDOC 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

Please note:  Covid-19 precautions have resulted in a reduction in the number and type of internship opportunities available at the Department of Corrections. 

The RIDOC 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 RIDOC staff person in accordance to the criteria of their college or university.

Internships may be available in Minimum Security, Medium Security, Women's Facility, Planning & Research Unit, Professional Services Unit, Office of Legal Services, 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 offices located throughout the state, including the Electronic Monitoring/Parole Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Drug Court and Sex Offender Unit.

To inquire about student internship opportunities within RIDOC, please contact:

Rebecca Adams, Intern/Volunteer Coordinator and Training Officer

Adult Probation and Parole

18 Wilma Schesler Lane

Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: 401-462-0385

E-Mail: rebecca.adams@doc.ri.gov

Volunteer Programs

Please note:  The RIDOC is not currently accepting new volunteers at this time.  Please check back for any new updates.

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections provides numerous opportunities to volunteer within our institutions. Volunteer program opportunities may include: inmate institutional programs, chaplaincy/religious services, parenting programs, Books Beyond, educational programs, medical/health services and other specialized programs.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities within RIDOC, 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