Illinois Department of Human Services

About Illinois Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services is one of Illinois' largest agencies, with more than 13,000 employees and an annual budget of over $5.4 billion.
Illinois created DHS in 1997, to provide our state's residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.
DHS is proud of its diversity, efficiency, and the services that the agency and its community partners provide to Illinois citizens.
Our mission is to reduce poverty and keep individuals and families out of the deep-end of social service systems.
Upcoming Recruitment Events:


Communications Intern

June 2021 - August 2021 Chicago, IL
“I loved working with a variety of organizations, it led me to learn more about how government, non-profit and private organizations work together. I was also able to be a part of Statewide projects which was amazing to do as an intern. The work culture is great, everyone is so understanding and flexible. ”


February 2021 - August 2021 Rolling Meadows, IL
“Flexible schedule, good coworkers, working in my Social Work field”
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