Practicum Placements for M.A. Students

M.A. students are required to do either a research thesis or a practicum (some choose to do both). Ph.D. students have the option of doing a practicum during their program. Practica involve working at an external site that is of interest to, and arranged by, the student to get hands on experience working with and/or on child and family policy or advocacy. The following is a non-exhaustive list of online directories and previous sites that students have gone to for their practicum experience in recent years.

 

Practicum Sites:

American Institutes for Research

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world.

Susan Lampham, Vice President, SLapham@air.org

 

American Psychological Association (APA)

Amanda Clinton, Office of International Affairs, AClinton@apa.org

Rena Subotnik, Center for Psychology in Schools and Education, rsubotnik@apa.org

 

AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation

Implementing applied research in preschools; Supporting data analysis and reporting for preschools (quarterly reports; curricular alignment)

Abby Carlson, Director of Research and Impact, abby.carlson@appletreeinstitute.org

 

Arlington County

https://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Departments/Courts/Juvenile-Domestic-Relations/InternVolunteer-Programs

 

Center for Applied Linguistics

AL's experienced staff conduct research, develop language assessments and instructional materials, provide professional development and technical assistance services, offer online courses, and disseminate information and resources related to language and culture.

https://www.cal.org/

Washington, DC

Donna Christian, Senior Fellow, Dchristian@cal.org

WRMA Incorporated

Innovative solutions to create better futures for vulnerable populations

Nicole Fettig, Sr. Research Associate, nfettig@wrma.org

 

Child Trends

Child Trends is the nation’s leading research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth, especially those who are most vulnerable.

https://www.childtrends.org/

Bethesda, MD

Manica Ramos, Senior Research Scientist, mramos@childtrends.org

 

Children’s Defense Fund

We work with Congress and the federal government to advocate for federal policies that improve children’s lives. 

https://www.childrensdefense.org/connect/join-our-team/internships-at-cdf/

 

Children’s National Hospital

https://childrensnational.org/healthcare-providers/healthcare-education/training-programs/family-and-child-life-opportunities/child-life-services-internship

Contact Terry Spearman, Manager, Child Life Services

Child Life Department Phone: 202-476-8939

 

Family Compass

Duties: research of interventions in various areas, conduct studies of outcomes of interventions

http://familycompass.com/

Reston, VA

Moshe Shtuhl, Founder & Director

familycompass@aol.com

 

Federal Internships

https://vsfs.state.gov/

 

Federal Department of Education

See "Student Volunteer Trainees"

https://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/job/intern/index.html?exp=1

Contact Dr. Amy Sussman (Amy.Sussman@ed.gov)

 

Infant-toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/infant-and-toddler-connection

Fairfax, VA

Debbie Billodeaux: debbie.billodeaux@co.fairfax.va.us

 

INOVA Fairfax Hospital

https://www.inova.org/education/student-educational-opportunities

 

Jewish Community Center Northern Virginia – Preschool

Fairfax, VA

Amit Hickman, Center Director, amit.hickman@jccnv.org

 

Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center

https://monocacycenter.com

Requires: ABA Training

Frederick, MD

info@monocacycenter.com

 

The National Association for the Education of Young Children

Washington, DC

Marilou Hyson, PhD mhyson@naeyc.org

 

National Head Start Association

Research internship: perform research and literature reviews, attend and report on research-related events, learn about early childhood assessments, assist staff with projects, maintain library of reports and journal articles.

Alexandria, VA

https://www.nhsa.org/internships/

 

New Pathways

https://www.pressleyridge.org/services/transition-age-services/new-pathways/

Social work / case management / foster care follow-up

Baltimore, MD

https://www.pressleyridge.org/join-our-team/volunteer/

 

Parenting Playgroups, Inc.

Comprehensive, interactive, & research-based parenting course; rewarding teaching experience!

http://parentingplaygroups.com/

workshops@parentingplaygroups.com

 

Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia

Leadership on (a) studies that identify information needs in KY, TN, VA, WV and (b) studies of short duration that relate to the goals of No Child Left Behind.

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/appalachia/index.asp

 

SRCD Washington Policy office 

Mary Ann McCabe, Director, Office for Policy and Communications, mmccabe@srcd.org

 

Westat

Improving lives through research

https://www.westat.com/

Debra Rog   Debrarog@westat.com

 

Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is the official partner to the National Park Service in providing concert and performance programming within the Park.

https://www.wolftrap.org/education/internships.aspx

 

Zero-to-Three

Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

https://www.zerotothree.org/

202-638-1144