The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) offers internships that help develop necessary skills for a variety of careers. Interns have the opportunity to gain hands on experience working in office settings or in the field.

As a rule, internships at DFPS are unpaid. All candidates must authorize DFPS to conduct a criminal history and DFPS background check.

Benefits of the DFPS’ Internship Program:

  • Interns gain meaningful experience in their career field, which may lead to future employment.
  • Interns are matched with various departments based on their specific career interests.
  • Interns receive hands on experience out in the field or in an office setting.

Internship Opportunities

DFPS offers internships state-wide. The availability of internships vary based on the region. For more information on the internship opportunities in your area, please contact your local volunteer coordinator.

DFPS also offers internships at the headquarters in Austin, located at 701 West 51st Street. For more information please email:

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon should I apply?

Prospective interns should apply two months, and at a minimum, one month before the semester starts. Your internship cannot begin until all necessary background checks are completed.

Can I fulfill my practicum at DFPS?

Depending on the availability in your area, practicums may be fulfilled at DFPS. Please be sure to share your practicum requirements with your local volunteer coordinator.

Does my internship have to fulfill an official curriculum requirement?

No. An internship is something an individual chooses to do to develop skills and learn more about specific careers. If your internship is required to fulfill official curriculum requirements, please share the requirements with your local volunteer coordinator.

Internships May be Available in the Following Offices:

  • Adult Protective Services
  • Child Protective Services
  • Child Care Licensing
  • Prevention & Early Intervention
  • Statewide Intake
  • Investigations
  • Human Trafficking Division
  • Information Technology
  • Operational Support
  • Workforce Development
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Internal Audit
  • Consumer Relations
  • Contract Oversight
  • Data & Decision Support
  • Project Coordination
  • Purchased Client Services
  • Communications
  • Volunteer and Community Engagement
  • Government Relations
  • Media Relations