School Psychology Internship
Fairfax County Public Schools offers a rigorous and comprehensive internship program for training psychologists.
Internship Announcement for the 2022-23 Scholastic Year
Fairfax County Public Schools will sponsor internships in school psychology for the 2022-23 scholastic year. We anticipate funding to support three full-time, one-year appointments, and we invite applicants for Master’s or Doctoral-level placements.
Fairfax County Public Schools offers a rigorous and comprehensive internship program for training psychologists. We are a large and diverse community of learning located in Northern Virginia near Washington, DC. With over 170 psychologists and 218 schools, centers, and alternative programs we are able to provide interns with a broad range of professional and cultural experiences.
Our goal is to prepare interns as mental-health professionals whose practice will reflect our commitment to the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services practice model published by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) www.nasponline.org. NASP has awarded the FCPS School Psychology program with its Exemplary level recognition for excellence. In consultation with university faculty, we identify a primary supervisor with whom the intern will train throughout the year. To complement this placement, we offer interns the opportunity to work in specialty rotations, one per quarter (e.g., centers for students with emotional disabilities, severe disabilities, hearing impairments, autism, etc.) depending on the interests, assets, and goals of the intern. We also provide opportunities for the intern to engage in training and research. Upon successful completion of the internship, we welcome interns’ application for employment with Fairfax County Public Schools. Compensation for the intern includes individual and group supervision, in-service training, and a stipend of $20,000 (without other benefits).
A summary of the application procedures and timelines are below. The deadline for receipt of the complete application packet is Friday, December 3, 2021. Additional information about Fairfax County Public Schools or about the Office of School Psychology Services is available on our website at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-psychology-services
Application Procedures for Internships in School Psychology
Prospective interns should submit an application packet that includes the following documents:
- a letter of interest
- a resume or curriculum vita
- an unofficial copy of the applicant’s graduate transcripts
- an unofficial copy of the applicant’s undergraduate transcripts
- a copy of the training program’s guidelines for internship
- three letters of reference including two academic or professional
- one psychological evaluation
- completed Professional Experience form (included in this information)
- completed written response to Application Question (included in this information)
- optional: another professional writing sample
All completed application packets received by the submission deadline will be reviewed by the internship committee to select those prospective interns who will be offered a personal interview. All internship candidates will receive notification of the committee’s decision. Those candidates selected for a personal interview will be contacted to schedule an appointment held during the first weeks of January 2022. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
Inquiries about the Fairfax County Public Schools internship program or about the status of an application may be directed to the Chair of the Internship Committee, Dr. Joshua Kefer, by email at [email protected].
2022-23 Internship Application Packet
The application packet includes the internship announcement letter, application procedures, timeline, and forms for completion. The deadline for receipt of the complete application packet is Friday, December 3, 2021. These materials should be sent to Michael Axler by e-mail to [email protected] or the address listed below.
Dr. Michael Axler
Fairfax County Public Schools, 3rd Floor
8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031