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.