Whether you are looking to gain new skills, explore career options, gain credit at your university, or receive on-the-job experience, an internship with NWRRC may be right for you. We are excited to provide students with a rewarding, hands-on learning environment. Currently, we have a partnership with Portland State University’s Criminology and Criminal Justice program, as well as their graduate Counseling program.

If you are interested in exploring potential internship opportunities with us, contact Jessica Dietz, HR Manager, at jessicad@nw-rrc.org.

How to Apply:

Submit your resume and cover letter to Human Resources via email. Your cover letter should explain why you are interested in an internship, what areas/departments within our organization appeal the most to you and why, your own career goals and interests, and your availability (days/hours/length of internship). NWRRC operates 24/7.

Here are our departments: Security and Accountability, Case Management and Resource Room, Health Services, Mental Health, Aid and Assist (community restoration), Food Services, and Maintenance.


  • A genuine interest in the services NWRRC provides and support of our multi-faceted mission that combines both social services and law enforcement/accountability.
  • Confidence and emotional and professional maturity to work within a correctional environment.
  • Flexibility to meet our needs and understanding that we operate 24/7.
  • Ability to pass our background investigation and screening process.

** If you are interested in working full-time and gaining internship credit at the same time, let’s discuss that option. NWRRC offers a tuition reimbursement benefit, which full-time employees can apply for after completing 6-months of employment.

Background Check Requirement:

Interns will go through the same background investigation as NWRRC employees. This includes a federal background investigation (social security card and state ID needed, no exceptions), state background investigation, reference checks, and a drug test. We are federally contracted, which means testing positive for marijuana/THC is a disqualifier. Interns will also be required to provide proof of COVID vaccination (boosters not required). You can expect this process to take approximately two to four weeks.