The Office on Youth Internship

The Office on Youth (OOY) is a regional, commissioned agency serving the Greater Fredericksburg Region by promoting healthy and responsible behavior in youth and young adults by supporting families and providing programs that encourage positive development. OOY provides consultation, training and technical assistance with Restorative Justice (RJ)/Restorative Practices in local public schools. Our work is based on RJ philosophy and research-based practices to strengthen relationships, adding a deeper level of respect, mutual concern and dignity, between all parties in a school (teachers, students, administration, support personnel and parents).  Varied techniques are utilized for a higher chance of improvement of grades, less absences, less behavioral and discipline issues, and a decrease in suspensions and office referrals. OOY also runs the VOISE (V – vocal choice, O- ownership, I- intelligent decision making, S- social skills, E-empathy) VOISE is a 4-hour workshop focused on emotional intelligence (EI), which consists of self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, social skills, decision-making/motivation. The OOY also offers other services such as Anger Management classes, Restorative Justice Classes, Substance Use Treatment Group and a Parenting Group. 


  • Help in creation/implementation of Professional Developments that we offer to school personnel and others
  • Help in creation/implementation of community presentations
  • Help with creation of handbooks for various programs
  • Join Facilitation teams in classes and VOISE workshop, co-facilitating as comfortable
  • Help with Community Service Program. While participating on Community Service days (usually weekends), informally mentor our program participants. 
  • Help Program Director, Program Specialist, and Restorative Justice Specialist in other projects as they come along
  • Help Case Managers with administrative duties
  • Supervise in-office Community Service

Agency Requirements

Please note: The require background checks can take at least a month to complete. Please apply for this internship a semester before you plan to be an intern to allow for plenty of time to complete these requirements. 

  • Copy of driver’s license/Driving record from DMV – as it’s possible you would drive an agency vehicle
  • State/FBI criminal background check
  • VA Dept of Social Services check
  • The student is responsible to pay for their own fingerprinting as part of the background check
  • CPR/First Aid/AED certification (if you are not certified you will be expected to attend a (6-7 hour) training during your semester of internship; note: only up to 20% of internship hours can be spent in training)
  • Please provide names and contact information of 3 references (can be school, job, or personal) for the OOY to contact 

UMW pre-requisites

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

  1. Required Courses:
    • Psychology 211 – Abnormal Psychology
    • Psychology 231 – Developmental Psychology: The Adolescent and Adult
  1. Recommended Courses
    1. Psychology 315 – Introduction to Clinical Psychology
    2. Psychology 346 – Forensic Psychology
    3. Psychology 322 – Mentoring Children at Risk
    4. Sociology 352 – Criminology


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

Sandy Covin – Fredericksburg Regional Program Director

540-755-2636, ext 210; 540-755-2637 (fax), 540-847-1709 (cell)

Office on Youth

12000 Kennedy Lane, Suite 100

Fredericksburg, VA 22407