FBI Columbia
Public Affairs Officer Kevin Wheeler
803-551-4200 - columbiamedia@fbi.gov
February 27, 2024

FBI Columbia Accepting Teen Academy Applications

The FBI Columbia Field Office is accepting applications for the annual Teen Academy this summer.

This year’s academy will be held June 26-27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FBI Columbia headquarters, located at 222 Caughman Farm Lane, Lexington, South Carolina, 29072.

The Teen Academy program allows rising junior and senior high school students to experience a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Students will receive presentations on topics including terrorism, cyber crime, public corruption, violent crime, evidence response, SWAT, and other day-to-day FBI field office operations.

Those interested in participating in the FBI Columbia Teen Academy must have parental approval before applying and must meet the eligibility requirements as follows:

Must be a United States citizen.

Must reside in South Carolina.

Must be a rising high school junior or senior.

Must be enrolled in an accredited high school or home school environment recognized by your school district.

Must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements must complete an application, which can be found by visiting: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/columbia-teen-academy-2024-1.pdf/view. Students will also be required to type a 500-word essay on why they would like to attend the Teen Academy, and how they would apply what they will learn to their futures. Applications and essays are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Applications submitted after that date will not be accepted.

Completed applications and essays may be emailed to Columbia_Outreach@FBI.gov. They may also be mailed to:

FBI Columbia
C/O Community Outreach
222 Caughman Farm Lane
Lexington, South Carolina 29072

Questions about the Teen Academy should be directed to the Community Outreach team at Columbia_Outreach@fbi.gov. Selected applicants will be notified by email on April 5.