About United States Secret Service

Following the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley, the Secret Service branched out from its original job of suppressing counterfeit currency to ensuring the safety of the U.S. president. Since 1984, the service's investigative responsibilities have expanded to include bank fraud, computer and telecom fraud, false IDs, fraudulent access devices, advance fee fraud and money laundering.

Interns at the Secret Service's D.C. headquarters work in counterfeit, financial crimes, forensic services, special agent training and employee development, intelligence, technical security, public affairs and administrative operations. Interns in field offices conduct research and do clerical work for the local forgery, counterfeit and fraud units.


Open to high school students and current college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Applicants must be U.S. citizens over the age of 16. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

United States Secret Service

  • U.S. Secret Service
  • United States Secret Service
  • 1800 G Street NW, Room 912
  • Washington, DC 20223
  • Phone: (202) 406-5800


  • Number of Interns: 21 to 50
  • Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors


  • Washington, DC