On November 8th, the FBI is recognizing and promoting STEM. STEM refers to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. A STEM education is in demand because STEM skills promote critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and innovation, which are highly transferrable skills across many industries. The FBI is no different. Science abounds in the FBI laboratory. Technology permeates the computer forensic teams, engineering develops tools that support investigations, and mathematics uncovers complex financial fraud schemes.
Every investigative program is impacted by science and technology, from our Cyber Division and Operational Technology Division, to our Laboratory Division and our Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. Managing high-tech threats requires a diverse workforce in career paths that include special agents, intelligence analysts, computer scientists, electronics technicians, not to mention a variety of crime laboratory scientists.
While the FBI mission of protecting the country from criminal and national security threats remains constant, the means and methods of meeting the challenges imposed by rapid advancements in technology require adaptability and diversity.
The FBI Honors Internship Program and Collegiate Hiring Initiative are avenues for STEM students to explore FBI careers. The FBI Human Resources Division has a team dedicated to STEM recruitment. Locally, the Knoxville FBI office hosted a Teen Academy last week, introducing area high school students to the diverse world of the FBI. The FBI will host a live Twitter chat on STEM today at 2:30 p.m. Additional information about STEM and the FBI is posted on FBI.gov.