Take Your Expertise to New Heights
Continue your education during and after graduate school by experiencing the FBI's unique opportunities for graduate students, including our Honors Internship Program, Collegiate Hiring Initiative, and participation in the Presidential Management Fellows program. To learn more about these opportunities, explore the sections below.
The application period is now open for the 2019 Honors Internship Program and Collegiate Hiring Initiative! Our 10-week paid internship for undergraduate and graduate students offers an unparalleled opportunity to work alongside FBI employees and get a head start on an exceptional career.
Honors Internship Program
Honors Internship Program
The FBI Honors Internship Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive internships in the country. This 10-week paid summer experience immerses graduate students pursuing JDs, MBAs, MDs, and PhDs in unique experiences that combine law enforcement with national security and intelligence. Open to all academic backgrounds, the FBI places students in a wide range of fields that match their background and studies. Working with Special Agents and other professionals in our Washington, D.C. headquarters or in our field offices nationwide, students will be able to try out an FBI career and actively contribute to the protection of the United States.
The application is open to both undergraduate and graduate students; however, graduate students will be considered and placed separately from undergraduate students. To learn more about the application and selection process, please click the link below.
Collegiate Hiring Initiative
Collegiate Hiring Initiative
The FBI’s Collegiate Hiring Initiative recruits graduating seniors or individuals who have undergraduate, graduate or PhD degrees to begin their careers in an organization that offers opportunities like no other. For the 2019 Collegiate Hiring Initiative, students must have graduated or will graduate June 2017 – June 2019. For Veterans who have already graduated, it must be within 6 years of the program date (e.g. for the 2019 Collegiate Hiring Initiative, veterans must have graduated or will graduate June 2013 – June 2019).
From supporting squads and operations to analyzing business processes and ensuring security, recent graduates help support a huge part of the FBI’s mission. The Collegiate Hiring Initiative also gives recent graduates the chance to explore and transition into the many exceptional career paths the FBI has to offer, as well as into other opportunities within the federal government or the private sector.
To apply for the Collegiate Hiring Initiative, applicants must:
- Have U.S. Citizenship.
Attend/have attended a college or university full time as an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctorate student.
- Recent graduates must have graduated within 24 months of the program date or within 72 months for veterans.
- Upcoming graduates must graduate by June of the program start year (for example, for the 2019 Collegiate Hiring Initiative, students must graduate by June 2019).
- Have and maintain a 2.95 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better at the time of application and through graduation.
- Pass all of the FBI employment background investigation requirements and be able to receive a Top-Secret security clearance.
The application period for the 2019 Collegiate Hiring Initiative is now open! The full-time, entry-level hiring program supports a huge part of the FBI’s mission and offers participants a chance to explore and transition into many exceptional FBI career paths. Applications are open through October 14, so apply today!
Collegiate Hiring Initiative Career Paths
Operational Support Technician – You’re driven, flexible, and able take on anything that comes your way. As an Operational Support Technician, you’ll do whatever is needed to help your squad get it done – from coordinating surveillance activities and working in a command center, to collaborating with coworkers across the office to get the resources your team needs. Operational Support Technicians are the backbone of the FBI, and take on assignments ranging from program analysis and administrative support, to operational coordination. Working in one of our 56 field offices across the country, you’ll get deep exposure to the inner workings of an FBI squad, and form deep connections along the way.
Computer Scientist – Have you dreamed about developing tools and platforms that save lives? As a Computer Scientist, you’ll work directly with Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts to develop and implement tools, techniques and procedures to address unique investigative situations. Computer Scientists do everything from analyzing and preserving digital evidence, to testing and applying technical and analytical innovations, to building virtual computing environments and isolated analysis networks. You’ll have the opportunity to be innovative, test and learn, and use your creativity and engineering skills in this essential role that directly impacts the FBI’s mission.
Data Analyst – As a native in the world of big data, you’re trained to see trends and solve problems. Data Analysts work directly with investigative teams to uncover patterns and guide next steps. Your work might include managing and conditioning data for long-term use and retention, normalizing data sets, and identifying patterns for use in investigative planning. You’ll use quantitative and qualitative techniques and tools to help investigative teams get the results they need to move forward.
Digital Operations Specialist – Do you find yourself being the person who explains things like malware, VPNs, MAC addresses or virtual currencies to your friends and family? Digital Operations Specialists are computer and network pros who tactically assist investigative teams with identifying, seizing and analyzing digital evidence related to online activities encountered during investigations. You will use your knowledge to maximize investigators’ understanding of the full digital footprint of their subjects’ illegal activities.
Electronics Technician – You may not know it, but Electronics Technicians are central to the FBI’s ability to respond to crisis. Electronics Technicians perform critical work on communication systems - enabling a Special Agent to save a child’s life, or averting a terrorist attack. As an Electronics Technician, you may be installing or performing corrective maintenance on a variety of FBI systems, but your work will ensure the safety of the American people.
Forensic Accountant – One of the most vital and sought-after careers in the FBI, Forensic Accountants solve complex investigative challenges by using their expansive knowledge of financial processes to plan, coordinate and direct the financial aspects of investigations in conjunction with Special Agents, prosecuting attorneys and partners. As a Forensic Accountant, you can expect to unravel complex financial fraud schemes and assist in the prosecution of those committing financial crimes.
IT Specialist (General) – As an IT Specialist, you’ll help FBI employees solve critical issues and enable them to get the job done. You’ll be a critical resource on technology and information, and will configure, analyze, adapt, and develop new processes and systems to ensure the FBI’s technical capabilities continue to improve. You’ll have opportunities nationwide, but consider applying to our Washington, DC headquarters location if you have the following expertise and interests:
- Cloud Engineering
- Database Administration
- Software Engineering
- Big Data Technology
- Platform/Site Reliability Engineering
IT Specialist – Forensic Examiner (ITS-FE) – As an ITS-FE, you’ll be exposed to a new world of information technology, and have the chance to work on unique investigations with partners across the United States. ITS-FEs use their technical capabilities scientifically, by applying rigor and process to the evaluation, preservation, and collection of digital evidence. You’ll be part of your field office’s Computer Analysis Response Team, an elite group of technical experts, and have the opportunity to work not only on FBI investigations, but those of our partners as well.
Budget Analyst – As a Budget Analyst with the FBI, you will be involved with developing, analyzing or executing budgets, preparing data in support of the budgetary cycle, analyzing and comparing budget estimates for variations, making recommendations to upper management regarding a number of issues, including transfers and reallocation of funding, and much more!
Personnel Security Specialist – Security is of paramount importance in an organization such as the FBI! As a Personnel Security Specialist, you will provide direct support and service to the administration of FBI Security Programs, initiate appropriate security checks, process background investigations and conduct personnel security interviews and security briefings.
Human Resources Specialist – As a Human Resources Specialist, you will focus on the FBI’s most precious asset: the people! You will be involved in a number of areas, including, but not limited to, compensation, employee relations, human resource development, benefits, position management and/or recruitment/placement/workforce management and staffing services for one of the most prestigious organizations in the world.
Applicants must meet the FBI’s Employment Eligibility requirements. Applicants will also be required to provide their GPA, graduation timeframe, veteran status and any other information related to past work experiences in their application.
Presidential Management Fellows
Presidential Management Fellows
A flagship federal government program, the Presidential Management Fellows program encourages the development of leaders throughout the U.S. government. The FBI is a proud participant in the PMF program and encourages advanced-degree candidates to apply.