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S.T.A.R. - Student Talent Acquisition and Recruitment Program

The S.T.A.R. program is an internship offered to students in their last semester of study. This internship will introduce the work done at the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) with the possibility of a career path post-graduation. Participants will learn about working in state government and the many benefits of state employment while getting paid as part-time interns. Students will engage with current employees throughout many departments at DCFS who build a safer and stronger Louisiana every day. During the program, interns will work with staff to articulate a pathway that best suits their strengths. If the intern is interested in working at DCFS as a full-time employee, they can apply for a position, listing their STAR internship on the application. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how DCFS works to keep children safe, assist individuals and families in becoming self-sufficient, and offer refuge during emergencies throughout Louisiana.


The mission of S.T.A.R. is to develop a high-performing, diverse talent pipeline that reflects the communities served.


The program’s vision is to make DCFS an employer of choice and to optimize experiences throughout an employee’s career.


S.T.A.R. values well-designed training experiences, a sense of belonging, and opportunities to stay in Louisiana through permanent DCFS positions. 

Length of Internship:

The internship will last approximately 8-10 weeks in the Fall/Spring.

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S.T.A.R. Eligibility Criteria:

  • Undergraduate students must be in their final year of coursework
  • Must be in good-standing with the University
  • Must be available Monday through Thursday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • All majors welcome-preference given to Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Leadership and Human Resource Development fields


Who can apply?

Undergraduate students must be in their final year of coursework, attending either Southern University or Louisiana State University, and have a desire to help support the children and families of Louisiana.

Will employee benefits be offered during the program?

Benefits are not provided during the part-time position.

How does this differ from a typical internship?

The paid S.T.A.R. Internhip offers students the opportunity to understand the various entities working together to provide a safe and resourceful Louisiana to its children and families. In gaining knowledge of the different departments, the graduate will have the chance to pursue a career in a field working to keep children safe, assist individuals and families in becoming self-sufficient, and offer refuge during emergencies.

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