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DHS Fellows for Public Service


The Department of Human Services (DHS) created the Fellows for Public Service program as a way for current and recent graduates 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 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 Fellows' interest, 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 program; 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 Nick Provencher at Nicholas.Provencher@dhs.arkansas.gov or 501-682-6497.  

DHS Fellows Program 2019

Division Description Deadline Application
DCCECE The DHS Fellow will assist in streamlining the process used for the DCCECE BehaviorHELP system. The BehaviorHELP support system provides technical assistance for early childhood mental health consultation to early childhood providers regarding child behavior. 7/8/2019 PDF
DCO The DHS DCO Fellow will develop outreach material for clients, providers, and community organizations to increase buy-in from community partners about the important impact that SNAP Employment and Training has on our clients. 7/8/2019 PDF


The DHS Fellow will provide project management and data management support to DPSQA. The Fellow will assist DPSQA with project/data management related to website design and update, provider databases, communication, etc. The Fellow will assist with reviewing and implementing project management tools that can be publicly displayed on our website to increase transparency with the provider community in terms of policy development, trainings, etc. 7/8/2019 PDF
OIT OIT is looking to establish technologies and processes to leverage the ever-exploding sets of data assets available to the agency. To enable this vision, Fellows would help with the creation of data governance policies and procedures to enable DHS to leverage its data assets in a more meaningful way.  7/8/2019 PDF
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