Practicum Placements

MA 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 some of the places that students have gone for their practicum experience in recent years:

Practicum Sites

  • Wolf Trap Internship
  • Clarendon House
  • Economic Independence/Customer Service Center
  • Economic Independence/Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program
  • Argus House
  • Child Care Services
  • Children’s Hospital National Medical Center
  • National Head Start Association
  • Infant-toddler Connection of Fairfax - Falls Church
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Parenting Playgroups, Inc.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Caliber Associates
  • Monocracy Neurodevelopmental Center
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • New Pathways
  • Washington Center for Psychiatry
  • Kingobury Day School
  • Mount Vernon Elementary School
  • Child Life Supervisor – DC Children’s Hospitals
  • Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia
  • INOVA Fairfax Hospital for Children
  • Internship & Practica Coordinator
  • William A. Morrill Public Service Fellowship
  • Fairfax Partnership for Youth -
  • Youth Suicide and Depression (YSAD) and Support on Suspension (SOS) Initiatives
  • Family Compass

Online Directories for Human Service Agencies: 

Fairfax County Human Services Resource Guide (HSRG) 

Virginia’s Information & Referral System for Human Services