2020 FBI Norfolk Future Agents in Training Application Period Now Open

March 2, 2020

The application period for the 2020 FAIT closed March 21, 2020.

The FBI Norfolk Division is now accepting applications for this summer’s weeklong Future Agents in Training (FAIT) program. The program is open to high school students ages 16 to 18 who live in the Hampton Roads region or Eastern Shore of Virginia and may be thinking about pursuing a career in the FBI, law enforcement, the law, or other public service.

FBI Norfolk Teen Academy participant

FBI Norfolk is now accepting applications for our summer 2020 Future Agents in Training Program.

Acceptance into the FAIT program is competitive—a limited number of spaces are offered to young leaders from across Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore. The goal of the program is to help students learn about careers in public service. While some of the students may eventually find a future in law enforcement, the program focuses on exposing participants to the wide variety of options before them. Students will not only have the chance to interact with and learn from FBI employees, but they will meet and hear from our local and state police partners, public attorneys, and other community leaders, too.

"My experience in the Future Agents in Training program was a great one,” said Isabel, now a high school junior from Newport News. “I was able to experience and learn so much about the FBI’s role in our nation’s government. I did not realize the different types of career paths I could pursue.”

Throughout the week, students will take part in hands-on activities and demonstrations with FBI specialty teams such as the Evidence Response Team, SWAT, and FBI bomb techs, as well as with local teams like K-9 and marine patrol. Federal and state prosecutors will provide insight into the court process, and experts in counterintelligence, civil rights, violent crime, and white-collar investigations will engage the participants in discussions and case studies.

FBI Norfolk Teen Academy class

Acceptance into the FAIT program is competitive. A limited number of spaces are available for young leaders with an interest in pursuing a public service career.

Cheyanne, now a junior from Chesapeake, said, “I really enjoyed the experience, getting a behind the scenes look at the FBI and connecting with other kids who have similar interests. It was really eye-opening and interesting to have various experts come in and show us what their lives are like. We got to learn how to disassemble a bomb, prevent catastrophes before they happen, and hear how a person who legally ‘doesn’t exist’ can testify in court.”

One of the highlights of the week is when participants have an opportunity to work with FBI fitness instructors to learn how to train for FBI’s Physical Fitness Test and then take on the test themselves. Last year, six students passed, demonstrating they are already on the right track for a future career as an agent.

Noor, now a senior in Virginia Beach, had such a good time in the program she said she would come back every summer, and her mother appreciated the impact it had on her daughter’s career planning. She said, “The FAIT program was so impactful to my daughter it redirected her to looking at classes, colleges, and experiences that would help put her on a career path to work at the FBI. It offered her a wonderful set of goals built on integrity, honor, equality, diversity, and service.”

FBI Norfolk 2019 Future Agent in Training Program (3 of 4)

FAIT students take part in hands on activities throughout the week with FBI and local law enforcement specialty teams.

FBI Norfolk Teen Academy Participants

FAIT students are challenged to take a mock FBI Physical Fitness Test (PFT). Those that pass prove they already have what it takes to become a special agent.

This year, FBI Norfolk is partnering with the Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Each daily session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in a different location, including the FBI field office in Chesapeake and venues in Hampton. The program is free to participants due to the support of the Norfolk FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association, which is a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of graduates of the FBI’s Citizens Academy.

Interested students must complete and submit the application (as one attachment) to vbtorres@fbi.gov by March 21, 2020. Students will be notified of the selections in May.