Stafford Junction Brain Builders Program

Stafford Junction Brain Builders Program

Stafford Junction is a faith-based nonprofit that serves at-risk children, youth, and their families residing in Stafford County.  They ensure there are sufficient resources available to transform the lives of children living in the County who, by living at or below the level of poverty or by their lack of English language proficiency, need assistance to fulfill their maximum potential.  Stafford Junction partners with local churches, service agencies, and businesses to connect lives, build relationships, and foster understanding across socioeconomic and cultural barriers.

This internship is for the Brain Builders program, a proven after-school program that meets 2-3 days a week. The program provides homework assistance, character-building education, enrichment activities, and community service opportunities for children from kindergarten to 12th grade. The children and adolescents that are served in this program are eligible for free or reduced lunches and face many barriers to success, including poverty and limited English skills.


  • Assisting the site coordinator with student enrollment and evaluation
  • Planning, promoting, and providing homework assistance, encouragement, and leadership to students
  • Assisting the site coordinator to plan, organize, and coordinate field trips
  • Coordinating the Brain Builders program 1-3 times a week (depending on internship hours)
  • Participating in training as needed


Must meet all UMW and Department of Psychological Science internship requirements.

  1. Required courses:
    • PSYC 231 – Developmental Psychology: The Infant and Child
    • PSYC 253 – Fundamentals of Learning and Motivation
  2. Recommended courses:
    • PSYC 201 – Social Psychology


  • 42 hours of work per credit hour (most interns do 3 credits with 126 hours of work)  
  • Grade is based on on-campus supervision, agency evaluation, reflective journal, and a final paper

Agency Contact

Olga Escobar -Program Director 

Office 540-368-0081 Fax 540-370-8826

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