Federal Bureau of Investigation Internship Profile
- "Pierce the inner G-man sanctum"
Locations: Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Los Angeles, CA
Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid, Stipend, Varies
Responsibilities: Law, Public Relations, Science and Math
One of the most well-known U.S. government agencies, the FBI investigates crimes on behalf of the Department of Justice. The Bureau is charged with examining all violations of federal law not specifically assigned to another organization. Most visibly, the FBI is responsible for fighting organized crime, foreign espionage, major violent crimes and terrorism.
Internship programs are based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. In Washington, students selected for the prestigious Honors Internship Program are assigned to Quantico or to a department at FBI headquarters in D.C. according to their academic specialty. Working closely with agents and support personnel, interns gain a thorough understanding of FBI practices and procedures. The FBI Office of International Operations/ INTERPOL offers participants the opportunity to work in either the terrorism and violent crime division or the alien/ fugitive division of the United States National Central Bureau of INTERPOL. Visiting scientists do lab and computer research at the FBI lab in Quantico and work in the areas of analytical chemistry, molecular biology and computation of data sets. All visiting scientists are supervised by FBI mentors. Community relations unit interns work with public relations executives and program analysts in the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs.
Varies. Applications are available online. Check the website for details, as application requirements vary by position.
Open to college juniors and seniors and graduate students with one exception: the San Diego Squad requires that volunteers be 16 years of age or older. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and pass a background check. Required GPA varies depending on program—usually a 2.5 to 3.0 minimum.