internships with the fbi
headquarters internship program
The FBI Headquarters Internship Program is a competitive, paid program open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. This program has been developed to provide a challenging work experience in which you will learn about FBI operations and services through formal classroom training and on-the-job assignments.
- You must be a United States citizen
- You must have completed your sophomore year at an accredited college or university prior to the beginning of the internship
- Transcripts may be required
- You must be able to pass an FBI criminal background check and security clearance process
critical needs languages internship program
The FBI’s Critical Needs Languages internship program is for candidates who have advanced proficiency in one of the following languages:
- Arabic (all dialects)
- Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, and dialects)
- Farsi/Persian (Iran and Afghanistan dialects)
- Punjabi or Gurmukhi (India) or Shahmukhi (Pakistan) scripts preferred. Romanized form acceptable.
- Russian/Eurasian languages such as Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, Turkish, Uzbek, or others. Applicants with other language proficiencies may be considered.
summer law internship program
We offer internships to students who are currently enrolled in law school or an undergraduate program. Students are eligible for our summer internship program if they will have completed two years of college by the summer of the internship. If you gain acceptance into our summer law internship program, you will work at the FBI Office of General Counsel (OGC). The OGC supports all FBI investigations and operations by providing legal advice, guidance and support. You’ll be placed in one of three divisions within the OGC:
- The Legal Division provides legal counsel to agents, analysts and other employees conducting FBI investigations. It’s responsible for matters involving national security, civil rights and liberties, privacy and surveillance, cybercrime, counterterrorism, counterintelligence and criminal law.
- The National Security Branch works with federal agencies to investigate national security crimes including espionage; export violations; certain crimes involving weapons of mass destruction; terrorist threats against U.S citizens both domestically and internationally; and computer intrusions perpetrated by foreign governments or terror groups on U.S interests or citizens
William H. Webster fellowship
The William H. Webster fellowship is part of the FBI’s (Federal Bureau of Investigation) internship program. The intent of this program is to prepare special agents for leadership roles within the organization, including management and administrative assignments. With degrees in law enforcement, intelligence analysis, business administration, or other related fields, fellows are given an opportunity to take on expanded responsibilities in order to gain practical experience and increase their understanding of their chosen field.
The requirements for this fellowship are that—
- You have earned a 4-year degree from an accredited institution in your chosen field: law enforcement , intelligence analysis , business administration , or a related field;
- You have at least one year of relevant experience;
- You are a United States citizen; and
- You will be under the supervision of a supervisory special agent during your first year with the FBI.
youth leadership institute
The Youth Leadership Institute offers students in high school an opportunity to learn about how the FBI functions as an agency and how it can be an asset to the community. Interns will have the chance to attend a two-day mentoring program in Washington, D.C., and experience a simulated mock trial related to cybercrime. For this particular program, students must be between 16-18 years of age, but before you apply make sure you check out all the requirements for eligibility on the FBI website. Also, note that this program is extremely competitive; your chances of getting accepted are roughly 1-in-100!
This internship is not paid, but will give you invaluable experience working with federal agents from various departments of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies across our nation’s capital. It’s a great way for high schoolers to get introduced to federal law enforcement and all that comes with it—even if they don’t end up pursuing it as a career path or degree choice later in life.
The FBI has different programs for people of different ages, backgrounds and interests.
With all of the different internship opportunities available in the FBI, it’s important to find the one that is the best fit for you and your goals.
- If you are a high school senior, you can apply for an internship with our High School Internship Program. This 8-week summer program gives students ages 16-19 a chance to experience first-hand what it’s like to work at the FBI and decide whether or not it is something they would like to pursue as a career. Participants will need two letters of recommendation and must be authorized to work in the United States.
- If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, or if you have recently earned your degree, there are several internship programs available to you. The Undergraduate Scholar Program is looking for students who have completed at least 3 semesters of study with good academic standings in their field. The Graduate Scholar Program is looking for those who have completed at least 1 semester of graduate study with good academic standings in their field. Both programs offer paid internships during which participants will gain hands-on experience that relates directly to their field of study while also contributing meaningful projects to FBI operations. There are also internship opportunities on our website specifically designed for recent graduates as well as veterans who recently served in the armed forces.
For more information about these and other internships offered by the FBI, go to fbijobs.gov/studentsandgraduates/. From here, you can download applications and learn how and when they should be submitted.”