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DCFS Academic Internship Program

The Academic Internship Program provides degree-seeking college students with experiences and learning opportunities within the child welfare system. The internship program is open to any college student who is pursuing an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree. Under the supervision of experienced DCFS staff, interns will participate in activities and duties which will provide a great learning experience.

The DCFS Academic Internship Program is centralized from Springfield within the Office of Professional Development. However, students may intern at offices throughout the state. Students are able to decide where they want to be placed depending where their home and school is located. Each office does specialize in a series of duties and specialties, thus interns, if location allows it, will be able to choose what office they work for depending on the specialty of the office. 

Application process:
To apply, students should contact the DCFS Academic Internship Program via email at DCFS.Internships@illinois.gov. Internships are provided for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students, depending on their university requirements, may intern during any of these semesters. There is an application window for each semester. Students are placed on a first-come, first-served basis

​Semester ​Application Windows
Fall ​February 15 to April 15
​Spring ​September 1 to October 15
​Summer ​January 18 to February 28
  

Please note: The submission of a completed application does not ensure an internship with the department. Internships typically begin at the beginning of each semester and end when the student completes their internship hour requirements.

Need help or want to know more?
Contact Toccara Steele, associate director of university partnerships, at Toccara.Steele@illinois.gov or 217-785-5689.