Internship Opportunities

Interested in gaining experience in social media, communications, public policy, research and community outreach? Apply for an internship with The Collaborative!

We are always looking to engage local graduate and undergraduate students in our work towards informing government decision-making through nonpartisan academic research. By interning at The Collaborative, you will not only gain valuable experience in the nonprofit sector, but you will learn more about public policy research for Rhode Island, create communication materials, and engage with legislators, government officials, scholars and the media.

The Collaborative is looking for dedicated graduate and undergraduate students for the following paid positions:

Social Media Intern – will assist in the development and distribution of social media content, informational materials, blog postings, draft press releases (open to undergraduate and graduate students)

Communications Intern – will work to develop communication materials, interview scholars, draft blog updates and create engaging articles based on our research (open to undergraduate and graduate students)  

Research Intern – will aggregate and analyze data, review current academic literature related to public policy, and develop communication materials related to your research (open to rising seniors and graduate students only) 

In order to be eligible for the position, all applicants must:

  • Be matriculated in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs, or must have completed a degree within six months of application/inquiry
  • Have an academic background in journalism, communications, political science, public policy, or social science
  • Have an interest in state public policy and communications
  • Be available part-time for four months, or the equivalent of one academic semester, and must be committed to at least 8-10 hours per week

In order to be considered for the position, all applicants must display the following competencies:

  • Excellent reading, writing, communication, and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills,
  • Proficiency in computers with working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as Internet research, web navigation, and social media platforms
  • The ability to work well under pressure with poise, discretion, and judgment, particularly when engaging with high-level contacts

The following skills and competencies are preferred; applicants displaying these skills will have top priority:

  • Drafting and editing skills for publications targeting external audiences             
  • Ability to do research, aggregate, analyze, and summarize information

This is a paid internship. 

For more information and to apply, click on the link below, or contact Amber Caulkins, Program Director, at or 401.272.8270 ext. 2.                      



Contact Us

Amber Caulkins, Program Director

50 Park Row West, Suite 100
Providence, RI 02903

(401) 272-8270

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