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Internships within the FBI

Posted by buffy on: Monday 4 June 2001

If you are interested in becoming an intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation then you will want to apply for a position in one of three programs.

The FBI's Honors Internship Program (Undergraduate juniors+)the Presidential Management Intern Program (Graduate Students) or the program ran by the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) (Undergraduate juniors+) which offers full time unpaid internships.

FBI's Honors Internship Program

Each summer the FBI chooses a special group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the FBI Honors Internship Program in Washington, D.C. This program offers students an exciting insider's view of FBI operations and provides an opportunity to explore the many career opportunities within the Bureau. At the same time, the program is designed to enhance the FBI's visibility and recruitment efforts at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The Honors Internship Program begins around the first Monday in June and ends the second Friday in August. All expenses incurred by the Interns for travel and transportation to D.C. in order to participate in this program will be reimbursed by the FBI. Undergraduates are paid at the GS 6 grade level on the government pay scale. Graduate Interns are paid at the GS 7 grade level on the government pay scale.

In order to be considered, students must meet the following qualifications:

Undergraduate students should be enrolled in their junior year at the time they apply to the Program.
Graduate-level students must be enrolled in a college or university and attending full time.
Students must be returning to their campus following the Program.
Students mus thave a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
All candidates must be United States Citizens.

The Honors Internship Program is highly competitive and very selective. Only a limited number of internships are available each summer. Only individuals possessing strong academic credentials, outstanding character, a high degree of motivation and the willingness to represent the FBI upon returning to their respective campus will be selected.

Once applications have been received at each respective field office, FBI representatives from that field office will arrange interviews with competitive candidates. Each field office will then nominate a designated number of candidates to the Administrative Services Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. by December 1st.

A Headquarters selection committee will then make final determination of successful candidates. These finalists must undergo an extensive background investigation and drug-screening test. Final approval will be given by the Director of the FBI. Appointments are rendered in the spring of each year. Selections are based upon academic achievement, area of study, and life/work experiences. Due to the FBI's specific long-range needs, individuals are selected who possess specific skills and educational backgrounds based on the current needs of the FBI. The FBI also actively seeks women and minorities for participation in the program.

Once selected, FBI Interns can look forward to three extremely rewarding and interesting months. You'll be working side-by-side with Special Agents and Professional Support personnel on important cases and procedures. You'll feel like you're part of the Bureau...because you are. Upon arriving in Washington, D.C., Honors Interns will attend an orientation at the FBI Headquarters. Interns will then be assigned to an FBI Headquarters division based on their academic discipline, potential contribution to the division, and the needs of the FBI. For instance, Interns whose discipline is in the physical sciences may be assigned to the FBI Laboratory's Forensic Science Research and Training Center in nearby Quantico, Virginia. All interns will be under the supervision of the Assistant Director of their assigned division. By the end of your internship, you will have a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the FBI. You'll have a deep feeling of satisfaction that the work you have done has helped the lives of ordinary citizens. You will also learn about the many career opportunities at the Bureau in which you may be interested. No matter what career path you eventually choose, an internship at the FBI will be an experience you'll never forget and one that will benefit you in all your future endeavors.

Information and assistance on housing is provided by FBI Headquarters. However, interns are responsible for finalizing their own arrangements. Interns who own vehicles are encouraged to bring them to Washington D.C. to facilitate travel related to particular assignments (some assignments are outside of Headquarters. i.e. Quantico Virginia and Clarksburg West Virginia.)

If you are interested in the FBI Honors Internship Program, contact the FBI field office nearest your campus for applications and additional information. Each applicant must complete and provide the following information:

FD-646a application form
FD-804 Applicant Background Survey
Current academic transcript
Personal resume
Two current professional photographs (2x2 inches in size)
Written recommendation from appropriate dean or department head
A 500-word essay expressing your interest in the program.

Application Time Frame

July - August

Obtain an application package from the FBI field office nearest your campus. Request a letter of recommendation from your dean or department head. Obtain a copy of your current academic transcript.

August - September

Complete your application, prepare your resume, write a 500-word essay, and obtain your letter of recommendation from your dean or department head.

September - October

Review your Honors Internship brochure to ensure that all important documents have been obtained and completed.

Submit your completed application package to the FBI field office nearest your campus by November 1st.

Presidential Management Internship Program

President Carter established the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program in 1977 by Executive Order to attract to the Federal Service outstanding individuals from a wide variety of graduate and academic disciplines who are interested in and committed to a career in federal government. PMIs receive an initial two-year full time excepted service appointment, after which they are eligible for conversion to a permanent federal government position.

The PMI Program is a government-wide program administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). While PMIs are ultimately hired by individual agencies for their two-year appointment, the nomination and selection process is conducted by OPM.

Individuals eligible to be nominated for the PMI Program are graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines completing or expecting to complete a master's or doctoral-level degree from an accredited college or university during the current academic year. These individuals must also have a clear interest in, and a commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs.

Students need to be nominated for the PMI Program by the appropriate dean, director or chairperson of their graduate academic program. Students participate in a competitive nomination process devised by their educational institution.

Once nominated, PMI candidates compete nation-wide with other eligible graduate-level students. Selection as a PMI finalist is based on review of the PMI application, and a structured assessment center process which includes evaluation of a candidate's oral and writing skills. PMIs are generally notified of their status as finalists in the spring of the year for which they have applied.

For further information regarding the PMI Program, please contact the Office of Personnel Management PMI Program Office at (215) 861-3066, or visit OPM's PMI website at www.pmi.opm.gov.

The FBI began its participation in the Presidential Management Intern Program (PMI) in 1990. To date it has hired over 30 PMIs for placement in the National Security, Criminal Investigative, Administrative Services and the Finance Divisions. For nearly a decade, the Bureau has looked to the PMI Program as a source of accomplished and highly qualified individuals.

PMIs at the FBI represent a small but valued part of the Bureau's professional work force. As the program has expanded, the FBI has sought PMIs with increasingly diverse backgrounds ranging from international relations, to budget and program management, to cyber and computer technology. This diversity has allowed PMIs to contribute not only to the goals and mission of the FBI, but also to those of other U.S. Intelligence Community agencies through temporary details for specific projects at agencies such as the Department of Energy and the Department of State. Retention of converted PMIs is high: to date, a majority of the PMIs initially hired by the FBI remain with the Bureau. The FBI encourages career development for PMIs and several PMIs have already achieved management positions within the FBI and the federal government.

There are a variety of both formal and informal opportunities in which FBI PMIs can participate. FBI PMIs are encouraged to take advantage of the training opportunities afforded through the auspices of the PMI program, and they can pursue job-related training provided by the FBI and other government agencies. FBI PMIs have been invited to executive briefings by senior level FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) management, including the Attorney General. Further, PMIs periodically meet informally for brown bag lunches and after-work get-togethers to share experiences with fellow FBI and DOJ PMIs. The importance of both structured and informal interactions is recognized as an integral component of the PMI experience, and the FBI is continuing to develop and enhance such opportunities.

All applicants to the FBI, including PMIs, go through several stages before entering on duty. Each individual case is unique due to the background investigation process. In general, the PMI hiring process has five basic stages:

Interviews and initial selection. Each section hiring PMIs will handle the interview and selection process slightly differently. Some may have informal interviews with the Unit Chief or Supervisor, while others may convene formal panel interviews. You should ask the point of contact for the positions you are interested in to find out how they are going to select PMI candidates.
Application. Those who pass the initial interview phase will be selected to submit an application to the FBI. At this stage you should fill out this application as completely as possible and return it to your point of contact. The sooner you return your application, the sooner the background investigation will be initiated.
Initial background screening. After your application has been received and processed, you are eligible to receive a conditional offer of employment by the FBI, which is contingent upon successful completion of a full background investigation. At this point you will be scheduled for a pre-employment polygraph, urinalysis test and fingerprinting.
Full background investigation. Investigators will contact former and current employers, references, social acquaintances and neighbors, and they will review school, credit, arrest, medical and military records.
Enter on duty. Upon successful completion of the full background investigation, you will be extended a formal offer of employment (or "appointment") and assigned an enter-on-duty (EOD) date. On your EOD, you will report for two days of employment processing and orientation before reporting to your assigned unit.
Once appointed, all FBI employees, including PMIs, have a probation period. For PMIs, this period is for the duration of the PMI program. After 2 years, PMIs are eligible for conversion to career employment status. It should be noted that all FBI employees must be U.S. citizens.

For further questions regarding the FBI PMI Hiring Process, please refer to the FBI's Frequently Asked PMI Questions of the FBI.

The following FBI divisions and offices are hiring 2001 PMI finalists:

Counterterrorism Division
Finance Division
Investigative Services Division
Office of Public and Congressional Affairs
FBI PMI positions in these divisions and offices are located in Washington, DC. While PMIs, in the course of their duties, will have the opportunity to work closely with and travel to FBI field divisions, the FBI is hiring for positions at FBI Headquarters only. For more information about specific positions, and any changes in their availability, please contact those FBI representatives listed in the 2001 PMI job handbook.

It is also important to keep in mind that the interview and selection process at the FBI is handled by each section or office that is hiring, therefore, PMI applicants should not assume that interest expressed to one office will indicate interest in any other FBI positions. PMIs should be certain to contact each POC for the positions for which they wish to apply.

Counterterrorism Division
The Counterterrorism Division consolidates all FBI counterterrorism initiatives. The National Infrastructure Protection Center and the National Domestic Preparedness Office (NDPO) are assigned to this division. The NIPC serves as the U.S. government's focal point for threat assessment, warning, investigation, and response for threats or attacks against the United States' critical infrastructures. The NDPO coordinates all federal efforts to assist state and local first responders with planning, training, and equipment needs necessary to respond to a conventional or nonconventional weapons of mass destruction incident.

Finance Division
The Finance Division manages FBI budget and accounting matters, the strategic planning process, voucher and payroll functions, the procurement process, forfeiture and seized property process, property management, automotive management, competition advocacy, relocation and transportation services, and Chief Financial Officers Act requirements.

Investigative Services Division
The Investigative Services Division (ISD) coordinates the FBI's analytical capabilities, international programs, languages services, and crises management functions. The ISD Intelligence Branch works closely with the National Security, Criminal Investigative, and Conterterrorism Operationa Divisions to provide analytical support to FBI investigations and to extract information from case files and other FBI and intelligence community sources to identify future trends and means of preventing crime and threats to national security.

Office of Public and Congressional Affairs (OPCA)
The OPCA communicates information on FBI investigations, services, programs, policy, and accomplishments to the public, Congress, and the news media. It manages relations with the electronic and print media; prepares FBI speeches, reports, and publications; answers verbal and written inquiries from the general public, scholars, and authors regarding the FBI; oversees the FBI's prepublication review process; manages all liaison with and inquiries from the U.S. Congress; oversees the FBI's fugitive publicity program, including the "Ten Most Wanted"; manages the FBI's web site; and operates the Headquarters tour.

National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
Nonpaid Internship Program

The FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) offers full-time unpaid internships to qualified students. The NCAVC is located near the FBI Academy and Quantico Marine Corps Base in Northern Virginia. The NCAVC provides investigative support to law enforcement agencies around the world in crimes such as serial murder, child abduction or exploitation, bombing, arson, threats, serial rape, and public corruption. Services include profiles of unknown offenders, crime analysis, investigative strategies, interview and interrogation strategies, trial preparation and prosecutive strategies, expert testimony, and coordination of other resources. The NCAVC also conducts research and provides training regarding high-risk, vicious, or repetitive crimes.


Duties vary with the needs of the NCAVC and the skills of the student, but generally involve reviewing research files and updating case information, assisting in analysis and reporting of research data, developing and extending resource materials for the NCAVC, or assisting in creating timelines on offenders. Interns also observe case consultations, audit classes taught to police, and occasionally perform clerical tasks.


Must be at least a junior (seniors or graduate students preferred) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have excellent writing skills, analytical abilities, and computer skills. Applicants should be aware that the subject matter involved is often graphic and violent. Must be a U.S. citizen and provide own transportation and lodging. Must be able to qualify under FBI employee standards, including policy regarding the use of illegal drugs which is noted in the Policies and Practices section and must successfully take polygraph and drug test as part of the background investigation.


8:15 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Internships start the last week in August or the second week in January and last a minimum of 14 weeks.

Application Procedure

Submit the following materials to your school's internship coordinator. School officials should then mail the materials and a statement of support for the application to Mrs.Lent at the address below (no electronic applications):

an essay indicating background, interests, goals, and reasons for wanting to participate in this program
a resume
two letters of recommendation (at least one from a department faculty member)
transcripts of college credits earned (all colleges attended)
a copy of a college term paper written by the applicant
a completed SF-86 (Questionnaire for National Security Positions)(available from Mrs. Lent or at www.opm.gov)
Interviews for finalists will be held at NCAVC offices. Applicants must travel at their own expense for the interviews. Final selections will be contingent upon a successful background investigation by the FBI. All internships are coordinated with appropriate school officials.

Application Deadlines

November 1st for internships starting in August
March 1st for internships starting in January
Send applications or direct questions to:

Mrs. Cynthia Lent
FBI Academy--NCAVC
Quantico, Virginia 22135

The above information was taken from FBI publications on Internships

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