The FBI invites both graduate and undergraduate student to their internship programs including:
1. The Volunteer Internship Program
2. The Visiting Science Program
3. The Cyber Internship Program
4. The Honors Internship Program
The FBI Volunteer Internship Program
The Volunteer Internship Program is unpaid internship for junior and senior year undergraduates, graduates and post-grads. Internships are designed to give interns a deep and practical knowledge of FBI machinations.
The ten week summer Internship Program, which runs from June 3 to August 9, takes place at different Field Offices across the U.S. Internships also run at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the Criminal Justice Information Services in West Virginia.
After finishing the Internship Program, there may also be opportunities for students to undertake other FBI internships at different times of the year.
In order to get into the FBI Volunteer Internship Program, candidates must:
1. Have U.S. citizenship.
2. Have enrolment status at an accredited college or university.
3. Be studying as an undergraduate Junior or Senior, graduate, or post-doctorate student on a full-time basis.
To qualify, students must also maintain grade point average of 3.0 or above and has positive references from the institution they’re enrolled at. They also must pass a background check, polygraph, security interview and drug tests in order to be accepted.
FBI interns generally have a background in one of the following educational fields:
2. Computer Science
3. International Studies
4. Museum Studies
5. Information Technology
7. Information System Development
8. Human Resources
9. Criminal Justice/ Criminology
10. Master of Business Administration
15. Political Science
17. Social Work
18. Art History
20. Public Relations
21. Visual Arts
22. Finance/ Accounting
23. Business Administration and Management
24. Physical Sciences
25. Archives/Library Science
28. Television Production
29. Foreign Language
Currently, the FBI is also looking for students with cyber-related educational disciplines, and implemented the Cyber Initiative in 2013 to meet this need and identify candidates studying:
1. Information Security
2. Computer Science
3. Computer Engineering
4. Software Engineering
5. Network and Communications Management
6. Computer Forensics
7. Digital Investigation Management
8. Information Systems
9. Information Technology
Students can apply for FBI Volunteer Internship Program at Headquarters or at any other FBI field office. As part of their application, students must provide their resume and school transcript, and if chosen, will have to attend a face-to-face interview.
FBI Honors Internship Program
The FBI Honors Internship Program for undergraduate and graduate students is conducted over the summer, and is paid. These take place either in Washington, D.C. or at one of the nation’s Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories (RCFL).
The FBI Honors Internship Program also takes ten weeks to complete, and students work side-by-side with FBI Special Agents and other FBI personnel dealing with management of cases.
Honors Internship Program interns are selected based on their educational background, potential to contribute to FBI operations, and the prevailing needs of the FBI. It is a very competitive program, and selection is rigorous, so potential interns need comprehensive academic credentials. Students applying must be at school full time at an accredited college, and undergrads must be juniors or seniors. All students need a 3.0 average GPA, must be U.S. citizens, and need to pass all FBI background checks.
FBI Cyber Internship Program
Junior or senior year undergraduate students, graduate and post-graduate students are eligible for The FBI Cyber Internship Program. Those accepted will work with FBI personnel to collect and assess information relating to cyber crimes.
The Cyber Internship Program takes place at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. or at other special FBI Field Offices across the U.S. The Internship lasts for ten weeks over the summer, and once students have completed it they may be offered further opportunities at other times.
As the internship is paid, students are given a wage based on their education, and ensuring they attend the full ten weeks, at forty hours per week. To be eligible, students must also maintain grade point average of 3.0 or above. They also be a U.S. citizen, and must pass a background check, polygraph, security interview and drug tests in order to be accepted.
Candidates must be studying in one of the following areas:
1. Computer Information System
3. Computer & Information Security
4. Computer Security
5. Applied & Computational Mathematics
6. Database Development
7. Computer Information Technology Education
8. Web Development
9. Cyber Security
10. Information Management
11. Enterprise Computing
12. Information Assurance and Security
13. Digital Investigations Management
14. Computer Engineering
16. Computer Science
17. Information Technology Management
18. Software Engineering
19. Electrical Engineering
22. Information Security
23. Computer Forensics and/or Digital Investigations
24. Network and Telecommunications Management
25. Computer & Digital Investigations
26. Management Information Systems
Candidates need to provide their CV, transcript, and a written referral from a dean or department head at their educational institution. Applications for the Cyber Internship Program can be made through USAJObs.gov.
FBI Visiting Scientist Program
The FBI Laboratory’s Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit offers a Visiting Scientist Program. Under the FBI Visiting Scientist Program students will work with FBI scientists to do lab and computer research based in molecular biology, analytical chemistry, or dataset computation. The course takes place at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. Candidates for visiting scientists can include:
2. Postdoctoral fellows
3. Recent graduates
4. Graduate students
5. Undergraduate students
Visiting scientists who are students or faculty join the FBI for three months over the summer, however postgraduate scientists stay for a year, and can be extended to a four year stint. All Visiting Scientists get a monthly stipend which is based on their academic credentials.
Candidates should be passionate about forensic science, and those with degrees or studying engineering, science (whether forensic, chemical or biological), or any other technical disciple should apply for the course.
Students wishing to be part of the Visiting Science Program need to be enrolled at an accredited school and must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5. Graduates and postgraduates must either be on track to complete their studies on time, or have finished studying in the preceding five years. All candidates must be U.S citizens and must pass an FBI background check. Applications can be made to the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which administers the program.