FBI Denver
Special Agent Amy Sanders
(303) 630-6060
April 4, 2018

Wanted: Applicants for FBI Denver Teen Academies

FBI to Hold Two Academies in Denver This Summer for Students Across Colorado and Wyoming

Deadline to Apply is May 7, 2018

Learn how agents discover evidence at crime scenes, conduct investigations, and make our communities safe. Do those things and more during one of two Federal Bureau of Investigation Teen Academies in Denver on June 13, 2018 and August 3, 2018.

If you’re between the ages of 15-18 and will be a sophomore, junior, or senior when school starts in the fall of 2018, then you can apply for one of the two academies. Each academy is free (excluding lunch) and runs 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the FBI Denver Division, located at 8000 East 36th Avenue, Denver, CO 80238.

The FBI Teen Academy provides an opportunity for high school students to visit our field office and go behind the scenes of the FBI. Upon completion of Teen Academy, high school students will foster a greater understanding of the FBI’s mission and how we serve our citizens, community, and nation.

Students will receive classroom training and be exposed to programs such as hazmat, evidence recovery, fingerprinting, white-collar crimes, terrorism, undercover operations, cyber security, intelligence gathering, SWAT, and more. You’ll learn from top experts in the FBI’s Denver Division.

To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Be between 15-18 years old and headed into their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. If you are going to be a freshman or are a senior about to graduate this May/June, you are not eligible to apply
  • Be a resident of Colorado or Wyoming
  • Submit an application, one photo of yourself, and an essay no longer than one page, single-spaced
  • Be available to attend one of the academies (either on June 13 or August 3) for the entire day, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Students may NOT apply if they have attended any other FBI Teen Academy in the past.

The application process opens today and closes at midnight Monday, May 7, 2018. Students who are selected will be notified in mid-May by e-mail.

After downloading, printing, and completing the application, please scan and e-mail your completed application to DN_FBITeenAcademy@FBI.gov. Or you can mail your completed application to Deborah Sherman, FBI Public Affairs, 8000 E. 36th Avenue, Denver, CO 80238. However, e-mail is the preferred method of receipt.

For more information, e-mail DN_FBITeenAcademy@FBI.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Is the program only for high school students?

A. Yes, the program has been designed for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to ensure they have at least one year remaining in their academic career at their high school. This enables students to share the information they have learned and serve as peer mentors, when appropriate.

Q. Is the essay important?
A. Yes, the essay is important, as it is the first element of the application package that is reviewed. The essay offers the selection panel insight into the student’s expectations, reasons for attending, and how the student intends to use the information to benefit his or her school and community.

Q. Is a particular GPA required?
A. GPA is just one factor considered in the application process. The selection panel will also look closely at your essay and community involvement.

Q. Do I need to be interested in law enforcement to attend the academy?
A. No, but you should have an interest in learning about the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Q. What can I expect?
A. The FBI Teen Academy is not an internship, but rather a full-day experience inside the FBI. You’ll be exposed to case studies from adjudicated cases and to a number of FBI assets and resources. The day covers a wide variety of topics to enhance student awareness of issues such as the FBI’s counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber crime programs and much more.