After applications are submitted electronically via the APPIC portal, all are evaluated and the most suitable candidates are contacted to verify each person’s eligibility for temporary federal employment with additional application materials at www.usajobs.com. Applicants are notified via email whether they will be advancing in the selection process. This is a necessary requirement for federal employment. Further details will be forthcoming to those candidates. Once an applicant has successfully completed this process, they will be contacted to arrange an interview.
In-person, on-site interviews are strongly preferred; however, the status of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time the interviews have been tentatively scheduled may impact or limit the ability to conduct on-site interviews. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the Bureau of Prison's hiring process, you will need to complete an in-person Core Values Assessment (CVA) and a pre-employment integrity interview. These interviews must be completed on site at ANY of our 122 institutions nationwide and may be scheduled at an institution within driving distance if necessary, and typically take 2 to 3 hours. These procedures are used to determine your qualifications for a position of public trust and are required of all applicants seeking employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Because results of the security clearance procedures can be shared with other Bureau internship sites for your convenience, you will only need to complete this portion of the interview once. However, if you fail any portion of this security clearance, you will no longer be considered at any of the other BOP internship sites.
After successful completion of the on-site interview, a psychology-related interview will be conducted. Applicants thus have the opportunity to learn more about the program, information that will be beneficial when rank-ordering internship preference. The interview process provides our staff an opportunity to assess the candidate's clinical and interpersonal skills. Interviews will typically be held in January. All efforts will be made to notify applicants of their interview status by December 15.
Additional information regarding the nature of the interview process will be forthcoming. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Cook, Internship Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns regarding the interview process.
***Please note: If matched with a Bureau of Prisons internship site, you will be considered an essential worker and will report daily to the institution. 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. The accommodation approval is subject to approval from administration.***