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.


Online Directories for Human Service Agencies: 

Fairfax County Human Services Resource Guide (HSRG) 

Virginia’s Information & Referral System for Human Services


Practicum Sites:

Alzheimer’s Association

Cognitive Aging / Dementia

National Capital Area Chapter

11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 402 / Fairfax, VA 22030

Contact Betty Ransom: 703-359-4440

American Institutes of Research    

Muna Shami


Merry Bullock, Office of International Affairs,

Rena Subotnik, Center for Psychology in Schools and Education,

AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation

Chavaughn Brown

Argus House

Duties: supporting staff to implement program, tutoring, working on the monthly newsletter, and documenting of resident behaviors, possibly attend court hearings, interact with probation officers, and one-on-one work.

2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 511 / Arlington, VA 22201

Contact Quinea Postell: (703) 228-3111,

Caliber Associates – Summer Fellowships Opportunities

Research Assistant, Associate-Education Studies, Resource Coordinator, Data Analyst / Programmer, and more…

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 400 / Fairfax, VA 22030

Fax: 703-218-6930         Email:

Center for Applied Linguistics 

Donna Christian 202 355 5902

Child Care Services

Duties: assist in implementation of program, variety of administrative and program responsibilities relative to child care.

2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 511 / Arlington, VA 22201

Contact Quinea Postell: (703) 228-3111,

ChildHelp USA  

Crystal Berry   703 208 1500

Child Trends  

Marty Zazlow

Children’s Defense Fund

25 E Street NW / Washington, DC 20001

Contact Della Hoffman: 202-628-8787

Children’s Hospital National Medical Center

111 Michigan Ave. NW / Washington, DC 20010

Contact Penny Glass, PhD: (202) 884-2132,

Clarendon House – Unpaid

Duties: assist with mental illness day program; lead social activities; work with current events group and computer skills group.

2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 511 / Arlington, VA 22201

Contact Quinea Postell: (703) 228-3111,

DC Children’s Hospitals

Child Life Supervisor –

Contact Terry Spearman: 202-884-5733

Economic Independence/Customer Service Center – Unpaid

Duties: meeting customers, assessing needs, searching databases for client information, answering phones in the Call Center, short-term projects, and other assistance to the Center.

2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 511 / Arlington, VA 22201

Contact Quinea Postell: (703) 228-3111,

Economic Independence/Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program – Unpaid

Duties: variety of administrative tasks, short-term projects.

2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 511 / Arlington, VA 22201

Contact Quinea Postell: (703) 228-3111,

Fairfax Partnership for Youth Suicide and Depression (YSAD) and Support on Suspension (SOS) Initiatives

Mental health outreach and community trainings, mental health screenings, working with diverse/underserved communities within Fairfax County, academic assistance, counseling, adult supervision, prevention programming

Contact Susan Lydick: 703-324-5292,

Family Compass

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

Contact Moshe Shtuhl:

Infant-toddler Connection of Fairfax - Falls Church

3750 Old Lee Hwy / Fairfax, VA 22030

Contact Debbie Billodeaux: (703) 246-7191

INOVA Fairfax Hospital for Children

Internship & Practica Coordinator

3300 Gallows Road / Falls Church, VA 22042

Contact Gail Goodman: 703-645-3969 (phone) / 703-204-4982 (fax)

Jewish Community Center Northern Virginia – Preschool

Amit Hickman, Center Director,

Kingsbury Day School

Developing social skills curriculum

5000 14th Street, NW / Washington, DC

Contact Maggie Butbr: 202-722-5555 ext. 2529

Monocracy Neurodevelopmental Center

Requires: ABA Training

65 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite A / Frederick, MD 21702

Contact Ralph McBee, PhD: 301-662-3808

Mount Vernon Elementary School

Train research team

2601 Commonwealth Avenue / Alexandria, VA

The National Association for the Education of Young Children

1509 16th Street, NW / Washington, DC 20036

Contact Marelou Hyson, PhD: 202-328-4581

National Head Start Association – Unpaid, but partial metro reimbursement provided

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.

Qualifications: undergraduate or graduate major in Political Science, Psychology, Family Studies, Sociology, Child Development, or Public Administration; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work well with others.

1651 Prince Street / Alexandria, VA 22314

Contact Benjamin Allen, PhD: (703) 884-2132,

New Pathways

Social work / case management / foster care follow-up

540 East Belvedere Avenue, Suite 201 / Baltimore, MD 21212

Contact Jeff Lambert: 410-464-2600

Parenting Playgroups, Inc.

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

6161 Fiuler Court / Alexandria, VA 22310

Contact Rene Hackney, PhD: 703-922-0044 or 703-313-7797,

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.

4825 Mark Center Drive / Alexandria, VA 22311

Contact Sarah Friedman, PhD: 703-824-2443 (phone) / 703-824-2949 (fax)

SRCD Washington Policy office 

Meredith McCabe 202 289 7902

Washington Center for Psychiatry

Psychotherapy practice

5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, #104 / Washington, DC 20015

Contact Alen Salavian, MD: 202-244-9000


Debra Rog   301 279 4594

William A. Morrill Public Service Fellowship Program – Paid commensurate with experience

Duties: work on project-related activities, research & evaluation, training & technical assistance, develop protocols & survey questions, conduct site visits, analyze quantitative & qualitative data, engage in research & literature reviews, assist with proposal writing, write papers & reports

Qualifications: Master’s or PhD students in social science or public policy fields


Wolf Trap

Contact Mia: (703) 255-1933,