Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.


Internships are vital. Not only does participation in an internship make a student more career ready, but it can also be an avenue to a job.

Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) students complete a 6-credit internship and integrate research training with service fieldwork. Such an experience is a critical component of each of the HDFS concentrations and further prepares our students for graduate education and diverse careers in the human development and family science field.

Students have participated in internships at the following locations.

  • Northern Virginia Family Services
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions (early child care and education program)
  • American Institutes for Research
  • Virginia Tech Marriage and Family Therapy program (research assistance)
  • George Mason University - CEHD/HDFS community-based participatory research program with immigrant families
  • Alexandria City Public Schools--Family and Community Engagement Center
Human Development and Family Science Internship - Graduate Kia Jackson working for American Institutes for Research (AIR)

HDFS graduate Kia Jackson, accepts a position with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) after completing an internship.