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6000 Interns and Youth Volunteers

6100 Student Interns

VCE April 2019

DFPS welcomes student interns from a variety of fields, including health occupations, social services, business administration, and criminal justice. Student interns may receive course credit if agreed upon in advance by both the supervisor and the student intern.

Student interns are college or graduate level students, looking to gain professional experience in a specific field of study. Any college student completing an assignment for class credit or gain professional experience, whether paid and listed as a temporary employee, or not, is considered a student intern.

Not all DFPS student interns are paid, though this is possible if program funds allow. Student interns are considered volunteers and are subject to the same policies and procedures as other DFPS volunteers.

DFPS does not require a Memorandum of Understanding with a college or university, although some institutions may require one. Please refer to the DFPS Contract Handbook, 3.8 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for more information on the MOU procedures.

The student intern and supervisor should determine a work schedule that meets the needs of both DFPS and the student intern.

Student interns must track and report their hours to the local volunteer coordinator monthly.

All DFPS student intern placements require a background check. Student interns may begin their placement after they receive all clearances (DFPS, DPS and FBI if applicable) and the student intern has signed Form 0251 Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement. It is the local volunteer coordinator’s role to process all background checks.

The supervisor should request computer access for the student intern as soon as Form 0250 Volunteer Application and Form 0251 Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement have been signed and the background checks have been cleared.

6200 Youth Volunteers

VCE April 2019

DFPS permits individual youths ages 13 to 17 to serve as volunteers. All DFPS volunteer policies and procedures apply for youth volunteers, with the additional requirement that Form 0280 Student/Youth Volunteer Program: Parent/Guardian Approval must be completed and signed before service begins. Child labor laws do not apply to youth volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities for youth include:

  •   Assisting with general office support tasks.

  •   Stocking and taking inventory for client resource rooms.

Youth volunteers may not:

  •   Provide transportation.

  •   Perform direct-service volunteer roles, such as CPS hospital sitter, APS companion, or APS medication deliverer.

6210 Supervision of Youth Volunteers

VCE April 2019

Like other DFPS volunteers, student volunteers may not be supervised by relatives. Only youth and students who have been placed in a work assignment by the designated volunteer supervisor are considered DFPS volunteers.

6220 Volunteer Youth Groups

VCE April 2019

Youth under age 18 who volunteer as a group or as an organization do not have a minimum age requirement, but must be supervised by an adult sponsor of the group who is 18 or older.

All individual group members must complete Form 0280 Student/Youth Volunteer Program: Parent/Guardian Approval and Form 0251 Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement, and must comply with all confidentiality agreement requirements.

If confidential information is requested from the client for the youth group’s project, the client or client’s guardian must provide DFPS with prior written permission for participation and release of information (Form C-105-0252 Release of Confidential Information for Volunteer Services). The signed form must be kept in the client’s file.

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