The RWU Internship Experience

The RWU Internship Experience builds opportunities for our students to explore different career paths, gain valuable professional experience, join research projects, and prepare to be career-ready upon graduation. RWU offers internships as part of the powerful combinations of joining your classroom studies with hands-on experience in industry, community, and research facilities. 

RWU students benefit from competitive internship and research opportunities, small class sizes with personalized attention from academically and professionally qualified faculty, and helpful assistantship and financial aid options to make education affordable.

A student interns at Girls, Inc.

Undergraduate Real-World Experience 100% Guaranteed

The RWU difference tailors experience to the student’s program, allowing for high engagement in their chosen career path. This is an integral part of our undergraduate curriculum as the Feinstein Service Learning Graduation Requirement and the fabric of our academic program. 

Feinstein Service Learning Graduation Requirement

Graduate with Experience

These real-world work experiences allow you to leave the classroom and gain practical experience. See how our students have collaborated with professionals to solve problems and add value to an organization.

Measuring Microplastics

Environmental Engineering major Michelle Kryl is part of a long-term microplastics sampling campaign whose goal is to create a database of freshwater and atmospheric microplastics measurements in Rhode Island.

Putting Together a WaterFire

See how MBA student Keegan Heston played a vital role in bringing Providence's iconic art installation to life, all while building communication and management skills to further his career.

Reducing Soil Erosion with Soy

Civil Engineering major Nathan Silviera researched ways to create a soil erosion control technology that is 3D printed using soybean-based ink through his internship.

Prepared for Anything

Public Health major Emma worked with the Providence Emergency Management Agency to make sure the capital city is ready to respond when things go awry and that she's ready for a career after graduation.

Monitoring Water Quality in Warren, R.I.

Environmental Science major Mandi Greenhalgh is monitoring water quality as the Bristol County Water Authority removes the lower Kickemuit River dam in Warren.

A Day Inside the R.I. Crime Lab

Go behind the scenes of working inside the state’s crime laboratory with Forensic Science major Daryn Javer.

An architecture student presents on their internship.

Graduate Student Internships

Internships are a staple of our hands-on graduate programs. Roger Williams University offers more than a dozen master's and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines, including Architecture and Preservation Practices, Business Administration, Construction Management, Criminal Justice and Cybersecurity; Forensic and legal Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling; Leadership, Public Administration; and Special Education. 

Graduate Programs
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Paid and For-Credit Opportunities

By discovering the work students are passionate about, they can enhance their skills, certifications, and qualifications, making them more competitive and prepared for their future jobs. Internship opportunities include for-credit, paid, full-time, and part-time internships with organizations, research internships, student teaching, and service internships.

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International Internships

Roger Williams University offers two international internship programs that integrate a cultural element into the workplace experience and earn academic credits.

Kelice Agosto

Internship, Leadership Roles Prepare Graduate Student for Clinical Therapist Position

Kelice Agosto, RWU Class of 2023
Forensic Mental Health Counseling

“My internship at the Rhode Island State Psychiatric Hospital helped me take what I learned from the classroom and apply it to real world settings. I learned how to conduct competency to stand trial evaluations with individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses. In my Law and Mental Health class, I learned about the issues the criminal justice system and mental health care faced. At my internship, I witnessed how those issues affected the patients that I worked with.”

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