|Interview process description:
The RJDCF HSP Internship program is dedicated to recruiting and retaining diverse interns and diverse staff. Diversity within our program promotes innovative ideas, encourages sharing of values, and creates a program of individuals with a variety of areas of experience, expertise, and knowledge. Applicants of all ethnicities, races, genders, ages, socio-economic status, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities, disabilities, and religions are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must submit an online application through the APPIC portal, which must include: A current curriculum vitae; graduate program transcripts; 3 letters of recommendation; A certification of readiness from the applicant’s DCT; and a completed work sample (a de-identified psychological testing report).
When evaluating applicants, the RJDCF HSP Internship Program will take into account the decreased direct service hours accumulated by applicants beginning in March 2020, and make exceptions for applicants whose clinical hours and training experiences were impacted by the pandemic. We will not exclusively rely on minimum hour requirements, as we recognize the significant and ongoing disruption to training experiences for many applicants. We will consider additional training opportunities given to applicants to improve their skills during practicum experiences to prepare them for internship, as well as the overall application, and goodness of fit of the intern and RJDCF.
Applicants invited for an interview will be notified by email on Interview Notification Day. Prior to COVID-19, RJDCF required applicants to have an onsite, in person interview. Reflective of the APPIC 2021 Internship Applicant Survey Results, RJDCF HSP Internship Program will conduct internship interviews in 2022 using a HIPAA compliant video platform. Those invited to a virtual interview should have a computer or phone with video/audio capabilities in order to participate in their interview. In rare circumstances where an interviewee does not have access to video capabilities or video transmission is disrupted during the interview, a phone interview will be acceptable. We will also offer a Virtual Open House to applicants after each phase of interviews where applicants can meet and ask questions to current clinical supervisors, the training director, and current interns, and watch a video with a virtual tour of the prison grounds and information on the multiple inmate programs offered at RJDCF.
The RJDCF HSP Internship Program participates in the National Matching Service for internship selection. Therefore, per APPIC, during Phase I of the Match, applicants and training sites will submit rank orders by the date stipulated by APPIC, and will be notified of results of the Match on Match Day. Interns who have been matched with RJDCF HSP Internship Program will be contacted by the TD as soon as possible on Match Day, and will receive a letter of appointment via email within 7 days of the match with confirmation of conditions of the appointment and internship start/end dates. Matched applicants must also submit an application to CDCR through the regular, civil service employee application process and must complete a credentialing process through CDCR.
Once matched, interns will complete a credentialing process, security clearance/background check, fingerprinting, drug testing and TB test as a condition of employment. CDCR internship programs are not able to hire ex-offenders, as addressed in Title 15, section 3404 of the California Code of Regulations. An Ex-offender is defined as anyone with a criminal record (other than Vehicle Code violations). In addition, failure to accurately list arrests will be grounds to deny the intern’s application for employment.
The CDCR has a zero-tolerance drug policy. Any potential internship candidate will be dismissed from the internship if a positive drug screening test occurs. The CalHR definition of a failed drug test is any detectable amount of the banned substance. One of the most misunderstood issues in this area is with regard to the recreational and medical use of marijuana (cannabis). Neither a prescription for marijuana, nor the fact that California allows the recreational use of marijuana, means that the intern’s use of marijuana will be acceptable to the program. The CDCR prohibits the use of marijuana in ALL circumstances, and will refuse to hire an intern who tests positive for marijuana regardless of medical need, the presence of a prescription, or its legal status. No appeal is allowed per CalHR regulations. To access the RJDCF HSP Internship Program handbook that includes a complete list of pre-employment qualifications, please email the Training Director.