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The Rhode Island State Government Intern Program

If you're interested in a challenging, rewarding work experience, the Rhode Island State Internship Program may be just what you're looking for.

Get Involved

Students are placed in the legislative, executive or judicial branches of government, as well as various departments and agencies within state government. The program has a wide selection of placements - many are legal placements, geared towards law students, as well as undergraduates interested in a legal career. The Department of the Attorney General, the Public Defender's Office, and judicial clerkships are some examples of placements. Others include: Department of Health, Department of Administration, which include, but are not limited to, environmental sciences, human services, computer programming and engineering.

Spring Semester program

Intern responsibilities for the spring semester include working 8-10 hours per week within the field placement. Attending a weekly lecture series, completing a paper and an exam are required for academic credit. A program is also available to those students not wanting to participate in the lecture series. Students may obtain applications through an academic adviser, or by contacting the Internship Office.

Summer program

Responsibilities and schedules for summer internships vary depending upon the placement. The summer program is an eight-week program (June through August) funded through the General Assembly. A stipend is available to all Rhode Island residents attending an out-of-state college or university.

Internships for Students with Disabilities

All students with disabilities are eligible to partake in a Rhode Island Government Intern Program, including the Summer Internship Program. The program is eight weeks in duration, from June to August. The goal of the program is to place students in governmental agencies for purposes of enabling these students to gain awareness of the governmental process, and to provide opportunities to develop academic skills and pursue career goals. Students are eligible for a $20 per day stipend based on seven hours per day. Most students work 2-3 days a week.

Link here to view the RI Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Webpage.

Law Students: Get Practical Experience

Article II, Rule 9(A) of the rules of the Rhode Island Supreme Court allows senior law students to participate in the legal process by conducting research and actual litigation. Rule 9 requirements are as follows:

~Senior status in an accredited law school

~Good academic standing

~Completion of a trial practice or evidence course.

NOTE: a letter from the Dean on behalf of the applicant is also required, verifying the above.


For all Rhode lsland residents attending an out-of-state college or university, applicants should have completed two full years of college or be accepted/enrolled in a graduate or law school program before applying. Applicants must be in good academic standing and maintain a 2.5 GPA or better. Academic credit is possible, if permitted by the student’s college or university.

Alternative programs

Other informal programs are available to students who otherwise are not eligible for either the Spring or Summer Programs. Students receiving academic credit and or work study funds can apply for a Fall or Winter session internship or an independent study for any time period. Students from the various technical and business schools may begin an internship at any time. Both require a minimum of 8-10 hours per week unless otherwise specified by the student's academic advisor.

Would you like more information?

If you are interested in receiving information for a Rhode Island State Government Internship, you may either reply to the address below or click HERE to request information electronically.

Contact Information:

Robert Gemma, Director

The Rhode Island State Government
State House Room 8AA
Providence, RI 02903

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