Honors Internship Program
The FBI Honors Internship Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive internships in the country. This 10-week paid summer experience immerses undergraduate and graduate students pursuing JDs, MBAs, MDs, and PhDs in unique experiences that combine law enforcement with national security and intelligence. Open to all academic backgrounds, the FBI places students in a wide range of fields that match their background and studies. Working with Special Agents and other professionals in our Washington, D.C. headquarters or in our field offices nationwide, students will be able to try out an FBI career and actively contribute to the protection of the United States.
Please apply to the Honors Internship Program posting, which opens August 26 and closes October 14, 2016, for internships beginning Summer 2017. The application is open to both undergraduate and graduate students; however, graduate students will be considered and placed separately from undergraduate students. To learn more about the application and selection process, please click the link below.
The Honors Internship Program application for Summer 2017 opens August 26 and closes October 14, 2016.
Click here for the Honors Internship Program application.
Slide 1: General Requirements
To apply for the Honors Internship Program, applicants must:
- Have U.S. Citizenship.
- Attend a college or university full-time as an undergraduate (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior), graduate, or post-doctorate student. Students are not eligible if graduating before the program start date; exceptions are permitted to students continuing their education in the following immediate semester.
- 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
Slide 2: Educational Disciplines
The FBI is interested in applicants with a wide range of educational backgrounds. These include but are not limited to the following:
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
- Foreign Languages
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Public Relations
- Visual Arts
Slide 3: Candidate Skills
While applicants come from a range of academic backgrounds, the most competitive applicants also possess the following skills:
- Strong analytical thinking abilities
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Take initiative and be self-motivated
- Work well with others and have strong interpersonal abilities
- Good judgment and decision-making skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
Intern assignments are based on the current skills needed in the FBI. As part of the application, candidates are asked to pick their top three desired field offices or headquarters locations, and these are taken into account during the selection process. To find the closest field office to you or view all of our locations, visit the Locations page.
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: Graduate and Undergraduate opportunities open.
- 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. For more information on the FBI background investigation, please visit our Employment Eligibility page.
- Summer 2017: Internships begin (start dates may vary due to variations in the length of time of students’ background investigations).
Learn more about this and other student programs of the FBI at: https://www.fbijobs.gov/students/undergrad.