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Employee Development

Open to Upper-level Under Undergraduate Students


Minnesota Correctional Facility - Willow River/Moose Lake

MCF-Moose Lake is a Medium Security Correctional Facility located in Moose Lake, MN on Interstate 35 about 100 miles north of the Metro area or 40 miles south of Duluth. The complex was originally built as a State Hospital and between 1988 and 1996 was remodeled to serve the correctional population. The facility now houses 870 adult male inmates who are involved in either work programs or educational programs during the day. Industry programs include garment manufacturing, woodworking or print shop. There is a complete educational program for inmates with programs from literacy to GED prep through vocational and college programs.

MCF- Willow River is known as the Challenge Incarceration Program. It is a boot camp style program that teaches cognitive skills along with physical training. It is a unique program in that it houses both male and female inmates. It is a minimum security program that inmates with non violent offenses can volunteer for to reduce their length of incarceration. The program has three phases, a 6 month boot camp, an intensive supervision release phase and a parole phase.


Interns will work in the Employee Development Unit, which provides training to 380 employees. Employees are required to have 40 hours of varied training annually, including security-related courses and personal development courses. The intern would be involved in the day to day operations of the employee development, including planning on-going training, contracting, developing lesson plans, evaluating facility needs, conducting training on specific topics, new employee orientation, working with individual need areas. The facility has a computer lab for teaching computer skills to employees. The employee development program has a training schedule that offers programs almost on a daily basis.


The intern is supervised by the Employee Development Director.


The intern must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in a program which offers course credit for internships. Interns should have coursework in Education, Management, Human Relations, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, or Computers.

Length of Internship

Negotiable and flexible/12 weeks and minimum of 24 hours per week is desired.

Application deadline date:
July 15 for Fall session
October 15 for Winter session

February 15 for Summer session


Applications may be accepted after these dates until the position is filled.

This internship is unpaid.

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