The FBI’s Community Outreach Program supports the Bureau’s investigative mission by working to address multiple interrelated societal problems—including crime, drugs, gangs, terrorism, and violence. Linking community service, prevention, and law enforcement is a national trend spurred by grass roots efforts around the country, and FBI employees have joined this movement, volunteering in a wide variety of community-related efforts.
Our Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Generally, each course iteration is a minimum of eight hours but can be a week-long program with blocks of instruction and demonstrations at a local field office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cyber crime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases
The FBI Sacramento Field Office is not currently accepting applications for the Teen Academy
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the FBI Teen Academy
- Is there a cost to attend?
- No; this and all FBI programs are offered at no cost.
- Is the program only for high school students?
- Yes, the program is for current junior and senior high school students within the jurisdiction of the FBI Sacramento Field Office, which encompasses Siskiyou and Modoc counties down to Kern and Inyo counties and from the Nevada border to the east side of the coastal mountain range.
- Is the essay important?
- Yes, the essay is important as it is the first element of the application package that is reviewed by our panelists. This essay offers the review panel insight into the student’s expectations, reasons for attending, and how the student intends to use the information to benefit their school and community. A high GPA in absence of a well written essay and vice versa can be problematic.
- Do 4.0 students get a guaranteed seat in the class?
- No student will be assured a seat by GPA alone. All students must submit a well-written essay detailing why they want to attend the academy and how the experience will benefit their school and/or community. Students should list all school activities and community involvement that demonstrate that they are a well-rounded student.
- Is a particular GPA required?
- GPA is not the only method of student evaluation and a minimum GPA is not stated; however, given the competitive nature of the application process, it is advantageous for a student to have a combination of a good GPA, well-written essay, school activities, and community involvement.
- Does a student have to have specific experience or interest in law enforcement to be a successful candidate?
- No, a student does not need to be in a criminal justice program, explorers program, ROTC, etc. The primary objective is to identify students who are capable of leadership and have an interest in what the FBI does.
- Is this experience similar to an internship?
- The FBI Teen Academy is not an internship and while students may be offered case studies drawn from adjudicated cases and may be given hands-on experiences in a simulated scenario, students will not be exposed to active cases, day-to-day investigations, or sensitive information.
- I love forensic science! Will I get to learn techniques?
- While students will be exposed to some basic evidence collection techniques during one of the many sessions, the day covers a wide variety of topics from a classroom and experiential perspective as well as concepts that are designed to enhance student awareness of issues such as cybercrime, drugs, gangs, and more.
- Additional questions?
- Questions regarding the FBI Sacramento Teen Academy or the application process can be directed to SacramentoOutreach@fbi.gov.