Counseling Internship/Practicum

School Counseling Internship and Practicum Program  Arlington Public Schools (APS) wishes to work with local universities to assist students in the development of professional school counseling skills by providing practicum and internship supervision in an Arlington Public School. APS can accept or reject any referred student. Internships and practicums are temporary arrangements and may end at any time at the sole administrative discretion of APS. Arlington is a relatively small, diverse community in a suburban/semi-urban setting. APS is a prevention-oriented district and School Counselors are staffed at a relatively low ratio in order to be resources for all students, teachers, and parents.

Students are assigned to School Counselors who work within the school setting under the general management of the Supervisor of Counseling Services. School Counselors provide a wide range of support services to their schools, including classroom lessons, individual and group counseling, consultation with staff and parents, peer and community education, risk assessments, and crisis management. APS staff emphasize alignment with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model and expect students to contribute to implementing a data driven comprehensive school counseling program. School counseling practicum and internship students are offered the opportunity to participate in these activities alongside their building level supervisor. APS is committed to sustaining a high level of professional development, thus, there are regular staff development opportunities, which will be available to practicum and internship students.

Referrals for professional school counseling practicum or internships should come to APS through the sending university’s counseling department placement office. APS will refer any student who inquires directly to APS about a field placement opportunity back to the student’s supervising university.   

Please submit the following documents in one packet via email:

  • APS Application Form
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
    • Please specify preferred level
    • Location preferences (Students are welcome to request school placement preference, however, they are not guaranteed as decisions are based on supervisor availability)
    • Any conflicts (relatives in any APS schools)
  • Negative TB test or proof of negative screening within a year
  • Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Email:     APScounseling@apsva.us

Subject Line:   Name—Internship/Practicum Request

Addressed to:  Sarah Snyder

Coordinator of Counseling Services

Arlington Public Schools

School counseling practicum and internship applicants are REQUIRED to submit ALL completed documents listed above by the following DEADLINES:  

Fall semester placement—first Friday of the first week of March

Spring semester placement—first Friday of the first week of November

If we do not receive applications by the deadlines outlined above, students will not be considered for placement in APS.  If applicant believes that this was due to an error, please contact Ms. Sarah Snyder, to have your case evaluated on an individual basis.

After receiving completed applications, applicants will then be contacted to schedule a mandatory interview.  Upon approval applicants name and supporting documentation will be forwarded to Human Resources for fingerprinting and criminal background checks.  Once the HR process is complete students and their supervising university will receive official documentation of their placement in Arlington Public Schools.  Applicant placement decisions will be announced for the fall semester by the last week of April, and for the spring semester by the first week of January. 

Note to returning APS applicants: APS counseling does not automatically guarantee prior practicum students an internship placement.  You do not need to complete the full application process again, unless you have a break in your education.  We do, however, need updated information including:

  • Updated transcripts (Graduate)
  • Negative TB test or proof of negative screening within a year
  • APS Application Form
  • Updated Letter of Intent
    • Please specify preferred level
    • Location preferences (Students are welcome to request school placement preference, however, they are not guaranteed as decisions are based on supervisor availability)
    • Any conflicts (relatives in any APS schools)

Further inquiries regarding APS counseling practicum and internship placements may be directed to Ms. Sarah Snyder, Coordinator of Counseling Services, at 703-228-6073, or sarah.snyder2@apsva.us.