Program Information: Psychology Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1385
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Federal Medical Center
Department: Psychology Services
Address: 2110 E Center St
Rochester, Minnesota 55904
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Distance from Major City: 85 miles south of Minneapolis, MN
Phone: 507-287-0674x7422
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Savannah Kraft
Chief Psychologist: Melissa Klein
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/15/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 55214
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Annual and sick leave earned every pay period adds up to approximately 13 days of sick leave and 13 days of annual leave. The BOP also recognizes 10 Federal holidays. Interns receive liability coverage for on-site professional activities through the BOP.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Please see our brochure for more information. Opportunities for supervision of practicum students varies year to year. It is entirely dependent on student's interest in completing practicum training at our site.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

Each application is reviewed individually by the Internship Program Coordinator and additional Psychology Staff. Invitations to complete a secondary application through USA Jobs (Pathways Program) are typically sent to applicants by the end of November. The Pathways Program is completely separate from the APPIC process and procedures. This application is to verify applicant’s eligibility for temporary federal employment and is a requirement for placement with our internship program.

Read the announcement on USAJOBS completely, especially “Qualifications Required” and “Required Documents.” Apply online and submit ALL required supporting documentation. During the USAJOBS application process, applicants must respond to a series of assessment questions. Your responses determine category placement (i.e. Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified). Additionally, Veterans Preference is applicable during this application process. After closure of the USAJOBS vacancy announcement, applicants in the Best Qualified category will be notified of their status by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by December 15th, and results are also forwarded to the internship sites.

 Applicants can contact the Bureau's Consolidated Staffing Unit (CSU) located in Grand Prairie, Texas, for questions regarding their documentation and inquire if ALL required documents were received.

Once an applicant has successfully completed this process, they will be contacted to schedule an on-site interview. On-site interviews are a requirement of this internship program. We typically offer half-day interviews to 25-30 applicants. Efforts will be made to contact applicants regarding an interview typically by December 15th. Interviews take place in January. As part of the interview process, applicants must satisfactorily pass a security clearance procedure that includes a computerized Core Values Assessment (CVA), a pre-employment interview, and an integrity interview which addresses issues of personal conduct, a panel interview in which you will be asked to respond to a number of scenarios that could arise in a correctional facility. If you fail any portion of this security clearance you will no longer be considered.

Following clearance from Human Resources, applicants will be provided a tour of FMC Rochester and the opportunity to interview with psychology staff and meet current interns. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant prior to Uniform Notification Day. Offers of internship positions resulting from the computer match are strictly contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation process, which includes a physical examination, a urinalysis drug screen, and a field investigation to verify that the information provided in interviews and on required forms is accurate. During the background investigation you will be required to disclose any mental health diagnoses and treatment. Failure to complete this process or a finding that an applicant is outside the guidelines for employment in a sensitive position would preclude participation in the program. Failure to complete this process or a finding that an applicant is outside the guidelines form employment in a sensitive position would preclude participation in the program. Once hired, interns must comply with the Bureau's Program Statement on Standards of Employee Conduct.

If you have any questions regarding whether you would qualify for a law enforcement position, you should seek further information from Human Resource Specialists at any of the sites of interest to you, to determine the advisability of continuing with the application process. Psychology staff are not able to advise you on these matters. Any questions you may have should be resolved prior to submitting your list for matching.

 This information is not intended to discourage applications, but to ensure that applicants are aware of the additional law enforcement requirements that will be imposed on them should they wish to pursue a Bureau of Prisons Internship position.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: Please contact the training director if interested in the full policy regarding the Bureau of Prison's code of conduct.
Other Requirements: As a mandatory public requirement , the Bureau of Prison requires all staff, including psychology interns, to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required at all Bureau of Prison internship programs. The CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card you received at vaccination will meet this requirement. You may request a reasonable accommodation from the mandatory vaccination policy due to a qualifying disability or medical condition or based on a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Program Description

One of seven medical centers in the Bureau of Prisons, FMC Rochester provides elite medical and mental health treatment for adult male prisoners. Today, approximately 700 offenders are housed at FMC Rochester. The insitution is classified as an administrative facility, in that inmates of all security levels (minimum, low, medium, high) are confined here; the majority, however, are low security offenders. Inmates are assigned to three different units. The Work Cadre Unit houses general population inmates who are usually from the Midwestern United States and are assigned to various jobs throughout the facility. The Mental Health Unit provides inpatient mental health evaluation and treatment to offenders with serious mental illnesses. The Medical/Surgical Unit provides care to inmates for chronic or severe health conditions such as liver disease, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis. FMC Rochester is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Our Mental Health and Medical/Surgical Units are accredited under the Behavioral Health, Nursing Care Center, and Ambulatory Care standards of The Joint Commission.  

Psychology interns function as members of a multidisciplinary treatment team within an inpatient mental health and correctional environment. Throughout the year, interns are exposed to the full spectrum of psychopathology, with the opportunity to follow patients in their journey of recovery from severe psychosis to stabilization, recovery, and release. Patients served at FMC Rochester include sentenced inmates and individuals civilly committed as mentally ill and dangerous pursuant to federal statutes, specifically 18 U.S.C. § 4243 and § 4246. By utilizing evidence-based practices and a collaborative team approach between disciplines, our staff strive to provide high quality treatment for an underserved population. We value diversity, and offer a safe and supportive learning environment that allows interns to enhance their clinical skills, ethical practice, and develop a well-defined professional identity through experiential training.

Psychology interns carry a year-long inpatient mental health caseload and a year-long outpatient therapy caseload. In addition, interns complete three four-month minor rotations including a drug treatment/work cadre rotation, a medical unit rotation, and an assessment rotation. As an intern, you also participate in weekly forensic seminar, didactic training, case presentations, and individual and group supervision. There is also a monthly multicultural supervision attended by both interns and staff. Please see our website/brochure for additional information,  

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 78 61 41 28
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 21 27 21 20
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 1 1 3 3 2
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0 0 0