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About Federal Bureau of Investigation Volunteer Internship Program

As an intelligence-driven and a threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities, the mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

Volunteer Internship Program

The FBI Volunteer Internship Program is an unpaid internship opportunity that offers undergraduates, graduates or post-doctorate students throughout the country an exciting insider's view of FBI operations and an opportunity to explore career opportunities within the Bureau.

Intern Qualifications

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be enrolled in a college or university that is accredited by one of the regional or national institutional associations recognized by the United States Secretary of Education
  • Classified as an Undergraduate, Graduate or Post Doctorate Student currently enrolled full-time (a participant cannot be graduating before the program begins)
  • Prior to applying and during the program students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and be in good standing with their academic institution
  • Must be willing to participate for a term of at least 10 weeks or longer, 40 hours per week (during summer only).
  • Continuance during the school year for a minimum of 16 hours per month requires a satisfactory rating from supervisor at the end of the 10 week summer program and space available within the Field Office, resident agency or Headquarters division.
  • Must be available if selected to participate in the Internship program during the established time period.
  • Must meet FBI employment suitability standards, including policies regarding current and prior usage of illegal drugs, and must be able to pass a comprehensive background check, polygraph test, drug test, and personnel security interview (PSI)

Information regarding the Volunteer Internship Program is outlined on the FBI’s website at


Educational Disciplines
Internship applicants are drawn from a wide range of academic areas that include, but are not limited to: Finance/Accounting, all Engineering, Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Information Technology, Law, Information System Development, Communications, International Studies, Education, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Foreign Language, History, Journalism, Human Resources, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Archaeology, English, Visual Arts, Art History, Museum Studies, Archives/Library Science, Marketing, Public Relations, Television Production, Business Administration & Management, Master of Business Administration, and many more

Federal Bureau of Investigation Volunteer Internship Program

Personnel Recruitment Unit
Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, DC 20535
Phone: 202-233-9388


Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
Duration: 6 to 12 weeks
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students, Business School Students, Law School Students