Department : Psychology Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2578
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) Chicago
Department: Psychology Services
Address: 71 W. Van Buren Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 312-322-0567x1581
Fax: 312-347-4026
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Bianca Vigil
Chief Psychologist: David Szyhowski
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/14/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 62868
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Every day at the BOP is new and exciting and will vary depending on the needs of the facility, the Psychology Services Department, and incarcerated individuals. Exposure to constant stimulation is key in the development and engagement of our interns. Recognizing that there is no “typical day” at the BOP, we’ve included a sample below of what a day could look like for one of our interns while providing general services in accordance with the General Population/Mental Health Rotation. It should be emphasized that the ability to be flexible is essential for interns at MCC Chicago, as crisis interventions or institutional-related emergencies can occur at any given time and often necessitate prioritizing and rescheduling. 07:30am Arrive to work and catch up on emails 08:30am Intake Screenings 09:30am Department Meeting 10:00am Didactic 11:00am Lunch 11:30am Group Therapy 01:00pm Individual Therapy 02:00pm Administrative Tasks/Note Writing 03:00pm Individual Supervision 04:00pm Leave work with fellow interns
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: 11/11/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Upon AAPI review, the sites that would like to interview you will send you an email with an invitation and instructions for applying on USAJobs. Please read the USAJobs application carefully to ensure you understand all requirements for applying. We see qualified candidates removed from the process every year for not completing this step of the process accurately. To address this, we have created a USAJobs reference guide that details each step of the process, provides samples of required documents, and addresses common errors to help you complete this process successfully. This reference guide will be attached to the email you receive from the internship sites, and we strongly encourage you to use it as you complete and submit your USAJobs application.

Submit all required documentation to the USAJobs application, including:

Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year (MM/YYYY) format, reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification. We recommend using the resume builder within USAJobs to ensure all information is captured accurately.

Transcript verifying current enrollment in a doctoral program - Your transcript must include the School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded. You can use either an unofficial or official copy from the Office of the Registrar. Please note: If the transcript you are uploading does not explicitly state that you are currently enrolled in your doctoral program, you should upload an additional document that verifies current enrollment. This may be a Current Enrollment Verification Certificate, statement of current enrollment or acceptance letter.

Evidence that you are registered for the Match - This could be in the form of one of the following: a) A copy of your APPIC Match purchase receipt, b) A copy of the email receipt of the APPIC application e-submission, c) A letter from your Director of Clinical Training stating that you have completed the AAPI and are registered for the APPIC Match.

During the USAJobs application process, applicants must respond to a series of assessment questions about their experience. Your responses determine category placement (i.e., Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified). After closure of the USAJobs application, only applicants that are assessed as qualified, and included in the Best Qualified category, will be considered for an interview. Please note that all candidates (those being asked to interview and those no longer being considered) will receive a Notification of Results by December 15. Therefore, even if you have applied to numerous BOP internship sites using the AAPI online, category placement and assessment of eligibility through the USAJobs application process plays a vital role in the certification of an applicant to one or all sites.

In early December, Internship Program Coordinators from each applicable internship site will contact eligible applicants to schedule an in-person or virtual interview. Once invited to interview, applicants are asked to fill out a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) form and a form agreeing to a credit check.

Interviews consist of: a) The BOP’s Core Values Assessment (CVA), which is used to determine if new BOP employees possess the core values and behaviors required for success at BOP, b) Integrity interview, which addresses issues of personal conduct, c) Panel interview, during which you will be asked to respond to a number of scenarios that could arise in a correctional facility, d) Subject matter expert interview. Please note: If applying to more than one BOP internship site, applicants only need to complete the CVA and security clearance procedures one time, as results can be shared with other BOP sites for convenience.

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:
Comprehensive Exams Passed:
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology
School Psychology
APA-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree
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: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

MCC Chicago was opened in 1975, as a project developed from the vision of US District Judge William J. Campbell. The vision of MCC Chicago was to allow the US Marshals Service (USMS) to house pretrial detainees close to the federal courthouse, allowing those detained to have convenient access to their attorneys and to the courts. The BOP was tasked with the management of this facility, making it a multiagency collaboration involving the BOP, US District Courts, and the USMS. More than 45 years later, MCC Chicago continues to be regarded as a model for pretrial detention of federal detainees who are awaiting disposition of their court cases. Since the establishment of this detention center, the mission has grown in dynamic ways. In response to the changing dynamics of those incarcerated, the BOP and MCC Chicago have adapted the provision of mental health services to meet those changes.

MCC Chicago has several missions and purposes. The institution houses four distinct populations: male pretrial detainees, a work cadre of individuals serving their prison sentence, individuals in holdover status, and a small unit of female pretrial detainees. This facility also serves as a regional transit hub used by both the BOP and the USMS. This means there are hundreds of incarcerated individuals each year who are in transit status, some of whom display difficulties with acute adjustment while they are in transit. Additionally, many of these individuals are coming from various county jails and sometimes state prisons in other jurisdictions who have different standards of mental health care. MCC Chicago often serves as the first point of contact with the BOP, and the Psychology Services staff often serve a critical role of identifying and initiating treatment for those in a transit status.

The MCC also has a strong and long-standing forensic mission. This facility, based on its location and other missions, is an ideal site for forensic evaluations. As a result, the MCC receives referrals for forensic examinations from all 92 US District Court jurisdictions. The primary forensic questions which require assessment are most frequently related to 18 USC 4241(b) and 4242(b): competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility. A variety of other forensic questions are asked, but on a less frequent basis. Due to the long history of forensic examinations and strong team of evaluators, the BOP has recently tasked MCC Chicago with an additional mission; Jail Based Competency Restoration. This pilot program is designed to increase the treatment capacity of the BOP, enabling the agency to address the treatment needs of those identified with serious mental illness in a timely manner. This program is expected to roll out in late 2022. MCC Chicago also has a long history of training psychology students and providing pathways to employment in the BOP. The practicum program at the MCC has been in operation for more than 30 years, typically with four practicum students each year. Since tracking student progress over the last 15 years, the MCC has helped train more than 30 students who have ultimately become employed at the BOP. As student training has been one of the foundational pieces of the Psychology Services Department, we are excited about the new Doctoral Internship Program!

MCC Chicago has a unique set of programs which differentiates it from other BOP Psychology Internships. The MCC is primarily a pretrial detention center and offers different programs to those who are held in custody. The group programs are largely based around short-term psychoeducational groups, as the population at this facility is dynamic and changes rapidly. This gives interns the opportunity to develop skills related to the provision of meaningful services for those who will be in custody for only a short period of time. The MCC also has a strong forensic program which dates back to the 1990s. This gives interns the opportunity to see the intersection of mental health assessment and law. Based on the new mission, Jail Based Competency Restoration, interns will also have the opportunity to gain experience with the intersection of mental health treatment and law. Training is designed to provide an understanding of the totality of the process when individuals with severe mental illness are charged with a criminal offense, identified as having psychological concerns, as well as how to formulate diagnoses and effective treatment strategies.

Interns will have access to psychologists from a wide variety of backgrounds for consultation and clinical supervision. The Psychology Department at MCC Chicago currently consists of a Chief Psychologist, an Internship Program Coordinator, six Forensic Studies Unit Psychologists, a Drug Abuse Program Coordinator, an Advanced Care Level Psychologist, and a Staff Psychologist. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications:
Number of applicants invited for interviews:
Total number of interns:
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs:
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs:
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 (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0