South Dakota a sparsely populated which interestingly makes for great FBI opportunities. In South Dakota FBI Agents must have more diverse experience as there are less roles available, and are required to wear many professional hats as a consequence.
South Dakota’s FBI Field Offices
South Dakota falls under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota FBI in Minneapolis. There are also four satellite offices in South Dakota. These are:
1. Sioux Falls: This is the biggest metropolitan area in the state and oversees 28 separate towns and counties. It’s located in the East of the state.
2. Pierre: Near the middle of the state, Pierre manages operations for 7 towns.
3. Aberdeen: This oversees activity on the north border of South Dakota.
4. Rapid City: Has the second-biggest jurisdiction in South Dakota and can be found on the state’s West border.
Becoming an FBI Agent in South Dakota
In South Dakota, there are skilled professionals and Special Agents Candidates wishing to become an FBI agent in South Dakota must:
1. Be a citizen of the U.S. or U.S. territory.
2. Be between the ages of 23 and 37 (although veterans may still be eligible).
3. Have at least a four year bachelor’s degree from an approved school.
4. Pass interviews, academic exams, background checks, drugs tests, a polygraph and rigorous fitness testing.
5. Be willing and able to relocate upon instruction.
Professional support roles are also available in South Dakota. These involve helping Agents with administrative, clerical and maintenance work. To fill these positions applicants need only possess a high school diploma, relevant work experience and a successful background check. Job include: budget analyst, linguists, intelligence analyst, computer programmer and engineers.
There are also internships available with the FBI, and they run from Washington, D.C. Internships teach students about becoming an FBI Agent or support professional. To qualify, students must be interested in the FBI, possess outstanding marks and write a high-level essay about their goals. More information can be found on the FBI’s website.