Gain valuable experience and jump start your career by taking part in internships and other student programs.
An unpaid training opportunity to students in high school and college.
Our Student Volunteer Program offers an unpaid training opportunity to students in high school and college, through which they can gain work experience related to their specific academic programs. The program allows participants to explore career options, as well as develop their personal and professional skills. As a student volunteer, the participant will be exposed to the Federal work environment and will learn about the missions and responsibilities of various Federal agencies and departments.
Develop your skills and gain real-world work experience while getting paid.
Summer Law Intern Program
Summer Law Interns work in one or more of the branches in the Office of General Counsel -- Commercial Law, Real Estate and Environmental Law, Litigation, Employment Law and Ethics, Legislative and Correctional Issues, and the Legal Administrative Branch (FOIA). Interns have opportunities to handle projects from branches outside of their own in order to broaden their legal experience and knowledge. They conduct extensive legal research on novel issues and draft legal memoranda, opinions, and correspondence. Interns also visit Federal Correctional Institutions, take tours of various law enforcement branches of the Federal Government, and attend several brown bag lunches with Bureau of Prisons staff.
To be eligible for employment, students must have completed their first semester of law school. Volunteer, work-study, or compensated positions are available for summer and full-year internships.
The Department of Justice uses an online application process. Candidates may complete and submit an application electronically through the DOJ Summer Law Intern Program web page.
Listen to BOP attorneys and legal interns tell you about the opportunities available and what they enjoy most about practicing law at the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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Pathways Internship Program
The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with meaningful training and career development opportunities. This program also helps students explore Federal careers while still in school and getting paid for work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the civil service. This program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program
Since the early 1970's, the Bureau has trained more than 1,000 doctoral-level psychologists, and each of our 13 Psychology Predoctoral Internship Programs continues this commitment to training by providing clinical and counseling graduate students with a well-rounded, high-quality experience. We seek the clinical or counseling psychology student whose personal career goals and objectives can be strengthened, reinforced, and expedited by the training experiences we provide. Namely, our training models seek to facilitate the growth of those who wish to become well trained generalists who can also function competently in a correctional environment. While individual training sites employ different training techniques and models to achieve this goal, all training sites have several common features.
Interns receive graduated exposure to the clinician role, practicing with greater independence as their skills increase, always with supervisors available for consultation. Training includes both individual and group supervision; assignment of challenging, culturally-diverse, therapeutic cases; and a sequence of didactic seminars designed to increase each intern's general knowledge, as well as his/her understanding of the contextual issues involved in the practice of correctional psychology. Practice in psychological assessment and opportunities to engage in research or other scholarly activities are also included during the internship year.
In addition, individual training sites may also provide interns with special training opportunities unique to that site. For example, some sites offer experience in such specialty areas as forensic assessment, substance abuse treatment, or behavioral medicine. Other sites may expose interns to special treatment populations, such as geriatric, female, HIV+, or violent offenders.
The Bureau relies heavily upon the internship program to provide the agency with uniquely-qualified, entry-level psychologists. Interns who have proven themselves to be competent clinicians and who are comfortable working within the correctional setting are often recruited by the Bureau at the end of their internship year. To be eligible for an entry-level psychology position with the Bureau, interns must have completed all doctoral degree requirements, be U.S. citizens, and not have reached their 37th birthday (in accordance with Public Law 100-238) at the time of initial appointment (age waivers may be granted up to the age of 40).
Programs for students nearing graduation or recent grads.
Attorney General's Honors Program
DOJ only hires graduating law students through the Attorney General's Honors Program. The Bureau's has a two-year fellowship that provides Honors Attorneys the opportunity to experience the wide range of legal practice in the Central Office, and each Honors Attorney will have the opportunity to practice in three or four different areas.
This program applies to students in their final year of law school who will graduate in the fall or winter prior to the year in which they will be employed, or in the spring or summer of the year in which they will be employed, are eligible. Judicial Law Clerks are also recruited under the Honors Program. However, the clerkship must be the first significant legal employment following law school graduation, and it must begin no later than nine months post-J.D. The amount of time served in the clerkship cannot exceed two years. Only persons who will conclude their clerkships on or after October 1 in the fall of the year in which they apply are eligible for consideration.
DOJ uses an online application process. Candidates may complete and submit an application electronically through the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management's website at www.usdoj.gov/oarm.
For more information, call 1-800-800-2676 ext 5, 919-575-8049, or email BOP-HSD/Recruitment@bop.gov.
Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program
The Bureau, in conjunction with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), offers well-qualified students an excellent employment opportunity through the Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP). Through SRCOSTEP, students in select health-related fields of study are commissioned as Ensigns in PHS during the final year of academic study towards a qualifying degree or residency. Students receive full salary and benefits in exchange for an employment commitment at the sponsoring agency after graduation. For more information, call 202-353-4110.