Monday, September 5, 2016

FBI Honors Internship

Attention, undergraduate and graduate students: Interested in being part of the war on terror? Breaking up an international crime ring? Identifying criminals who exploit young children on the Internet? Working side-by-side with top-notch forensic experts to solve a violent crime? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then the FBI Honors Internship Program might be for you. This 10-week program offers students an insider’s view of FBI operations, from counterterrorism, cyber, counterintelligence, and fraud investigations…to vital support services like laboratory exams, fingerprint identification, and behavioral analysis. The Honors Internship Program application for Summer 2017 opens August 26 and closes October 14, 2016. Apply at www.fbijobs.gov.

General Requirements:

· Have U.S. Citizenship
· Students are not eligible if graduating before the program start date (May 17’); exceptions are permitted to students continuing their education the following immediate semester (Fall 17’).
· Have and maintain a 2.95 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better at the time of application, throughout the application process, and the duration of the internship program.
· Pass all of the FBI employment background investigation requirements and be able to receive a Top Secret security clearance.


Automatic Disqualifiers:
· Non U.S. Citizenship
· Conviction of a felony
· Violation of the FBI Employment Drug Policy (see below for additional details)
· Default on a student loan insured by the U.S. Government
· Failure of an FBI administered urinalysis drug test
· Failure to register with the Selective Service System (for males only, exceptions apply – please click here to find out more)



Employment Drug Policy:The FBI is firmly committed to a drug-free society and workplace. Applicants for employment with the FBI who are currently using illegal drugs, misusing or abusing legal drugs or other substances at the time of the application process will be found unsuitable for employment. A candidate will be found unsuitable for employment and automatically disqualified if he/she deliberately misrepresents his or her drug history in connection with his or her application for employment. Additionally, candidates are automatically disqualified under the following criteria:



Marijuana Usage:Candidates CANNOT have used marijuana within the three (3) years preceding the date of their application for employment, regardless of the location of use (even if marijuana usage is legal in the candidate’s home state). The various forms of marijuana include cannabis, hashish, hash oil, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in both synthetic and natural forms.

A candidate’s use of marijuana in its various forms for medical reasons, regardless of whether or not it was prescribed by a licensed practicing physician, cannot be used as a mitigating factor.



Illegal Drugs:
Candidates CANNOT have used any illegal drug, other than marijuana, within the ten (10) years preceding the date of the application for employment.

Additionally, candidates CANNOT have been involved in the illegal purchase, manufacture, cultivation, trafficking, production, transfer, shipping, receiving, handling, or sale of any drug or controlled substance, to include prescription drugs.

Candidates CANNOT have used any illegal drug while employed in a position which carries with it a security clearance and/or a high level of responsibility or public trust.



Prescription Drugs/Legally Obtainable Substances:Candidates CANNOT have used anabolic steroids without a prescription from a licensed practicing physician within the past ten (10) years preceding the date of the application for employment.

Candidates Candidates CANNOT have engaged in more than experimentation of, or extensively misused or abused, any prescription drug, over-the-counter substance, or other legally obtainable substances.

Candidates CANNOT have used any prescription drug or legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended, within the past three (3) years preceding the date of the application CANNOT have used any prescription drug in its original intended manner, but without the proper prescription or legal justification for use, within one (1) year preceding the date of application for employment.

Candidates CANNOT have misused or abused legally obtainable substances while employed in any law enforcement or prosecutorial position, or while employed in a position which carries with it a security clearance and/or a high level of responsibility or public trust.


The Honors Internship Program is highly competitive. As such, FBI representatives select and interview the most qualified candidates based on academic achievements, area of study, life/work experiences, and the current needs of the FBI. Below is a more detailed timeline of the application process.

· August 26th through October 14th, 2016: Applications for the Honors Internship Program Open (Graduate and Undergraduate Opportunities).

· October 2016 through December 2016: Applicants are reviewed, selected and interviewed based on location choices, degrees and current needs of the FBI.

· December 2016: Conditional Job Offers are extended and candidates begin their FBI background investigations.

· Summer 2017: Internships begin (start dates may vary due to variations in the length of time of student’s background investigations).

Please feel free to reach out to Special Agent Desiree Smith (Desiree.Smith@ic.fbi.gov) if you have any further questions.