Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The FBI is Looking for a Few Good Students


GE Note: This sounds like a blast! Don't wait to apply as the deadline is fast approaching.

Attention, undergraduate and graduate students: Interested in being part of the war on terror? Breaking up an international crime ring? Identifying criminals who exploit young children on the Internet? Working side-by-side with top-notch forensic experts to solve a violent crime?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then the FBI Honors Internship Program might be for you. This 10-week program offers students an insider’s view of FBI operations, from counterterrorism, cyber, counterintelligence, and fraud investigations…to vital support services like laboratory exams, fingerprint identification, and behavioral analysis. The program also provides an opportunity to explore a career with the FBI while working closely with our employees. We’re already accepting internship applications for the summer of 2009, and the deadline to apply is fast approaching—September 30, 2008.

What’s the application process?

  • Apply online.
  • Our field office closest to your school will then process your application, and the most competitive students will be interviewed. Names of top candidates will be sent on to our Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Final decisions will be made in November; you’ll be notified soon afterwards if you made the cut.
  • We’ll conduct your background investigation.
  • Barring any problem with your investigation, you’ll be reporting for duty next summer at FBI Headquarters or another nearby facility.

To minimally qualify for the program, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a U.S. citizen, pass a drug urinalysis screening and a polygraph, and have been absolutely drug-free for the past three years.

First-hand testimonials. If you make it through the application process, you’ll have the experience of a lifetime. But don’t take our word for it—read what some of our 2008 interns had to say:

  • Mia D., assigned to our Language Services operation, saw the vital role that linguists in the Bureau play in protecting the nation. As part of her duties, she “started the ball rolling on the processing of several potential new linguists who have language skills critical to the Bureau…I know that I helped to make a difference.”
  • Eric F., who worked with our International Operations folks, said he applied to the program because he wanted to “make a difference and serve my nation.” He said through his various summer assignments, which included meeting foreign representatives, he learned “how effective international liaison efforts help further the FBI’s mission.”
  • Mary C. spent her summer in our Cyber Division, where she learned how she could “play a role in helping to ensure the security of American citizens, and I look forward to doing so in some capacity, whether as an agent, linguist, or analyst after I have completed my graduate studies.”
  • Mark C., from our Inspection office, told us he not only had a better understanding of the Bureau after his 10 weeks with us, he also “had a deeper understanding of myself.” He added, “There is no other internship that provides such a meaningful experience.”
  • But perhaps Amanda D., who worked in our Intelligence Directorate, summed up the experience best: “Leaving work every day knowing that you have done something—however small—to protect the United States is a great feeling.
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