Test Drive a Career in Manufacturing

Looking to start or change careers? The We Make RI manufacturing internship may be the course for you! Selected candidates work Monday through Friday, 9:30 – 2:30, learning part-time in a classroom setting. Then put your skills to use on our factory floor. Participants earn a weekly stipend, which can grow with each week, and gain real world experience to secure a full time job at the end of the program.

Benefits and Requirements

  • Interns are paid a weekly stipend
  • Internships are part-time, temporary work
  • No commitment
  • We Make RI will help you secure a full-time job at completion
  • No experience required
  • Internships start every two weeks
  • Applicants must be RI residents 18+
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Ready to work full-time at program completion
  • Be at least partially vaccinated against Covid

Schedule and Overview

Week 1

In Week 1, we learn the basics of manufacturing in an informal classroom setting:

  • Basic math and measurement
  • Safety Training
  • Basic assembly
  • Resume Building


Week 2

Training continues in week 2 on our factory floor, where you put to practice what you’ve learned. Pack real orders, perform quality control, packing, shipping, and inventory. Most importantly, get a feel for what it’s like to work in manufacturing and add experience to your resume.


Weeks 3 and 4

Continue gaining experience in our factory while talking with a career counselor about where you’d like to go next. Explore open jobs and speak with employers. We can help you negotiate better positions and better pay.


Meet the Manufacturers

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We’ve partnered with leading manufacturers in Rhode Island. Learn more about some of our partners through these short videos.

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Explore Open Jobs

See what jobs are open now and think about where you might want to work after your internship. New openings become available every day.

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Industrial Sewing Internships

Not sure if general manufacturing is for you? Become more specialized with one of our sewing internships instead. They start every 4 weeks.

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