DHS Fellows for Public Service


The Department of Human Services (DHS) created the Fellows for Public Service program as a way for recent graduates and professionals to gain real-world experience while developing new skills and giving back to the state of Arkansas. Fellows gain experience through an intensive project assignment chosen by the Fellow and the Fellows Program Coordinator. These projects address real issues, policies, strategies or problems facing specific DHS programs and divisions.

Fellows learn about internal processes and procedures and key linkages to other divisions, government agencies and community organizations. Fellows also receive one-on-one professional development opportunities, training through workshops and seminars and bi-weekly compensation.


Project assignments are developed based on a number of factors including the Fellow's experience and skills, in addition to DHS priorities and resources. Every effort will be made to match the selected Fellows with their preferred projects, although there is a chance a Fellow may be paired with a different project that is an appropriate fit.


Eligible applicants must be:

Currently enrolled in an approved graduate program and in their last year of study OR a graduate of an approved graduate porgram; AND

Have the ability to work between 20 and 30 hours per week.

Approved graduate programs include Public Administration, Public Policy, Education, Health Administration, Business Administration, Social Work, Public Service, Sociology, Psychology and Law. Related fields from accredited academic institutions also may be accepted.


Fellows are required to complete orientation, develop a Project Work plan, develop an Individual Development Plan to guide professional development, participate in weekly meetings, engage in both project and career development components of the program and comply with all DHS and State rules and policies as required of all DHS employees.

For more information or to apply, please contact the DHS Director's Office of Policy and Planning at 501-682-1001.  

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