Wanted by the FBI: San Diego FBI Teen Academy Applicants

The FBI Teen Academy

The FBI Teen Academy is an opportunity for students to spend an interactive day with special agents and professional staff at the FBI building in Sorrento Valley. Students will participate in both classroom and hands-on activities while learning about the FBI’s core values. For example, classes will offer an insider’s look into FBI investigations into gangs, drugs, and terrorism, as well as involve discussions about the FBI’s use of computer forensics in cyber investigations.

Students will also gain hands-on experience in areas such as crime scene and forensic techniques as well as tactical operations. Students will also engage in candid conversations with FBI staff about online communication and its risks, as well as lifestyle choices required to be eligible for careers at the FBI.

“The FBI Teen Academy helps youth better understand how we protect the American people and uphold the constitution. We also share how the decisions they make today may impact education and career options in the future," said Special Agent in Charge John A. Brown of the FBI San Diego Field Office. "Our goal is to provide students with useful information and valuable experiences they can share with others upon returning to their home and school."

After completing the class, students will be more aware of the challenges their communities face and better understand how the FBI protects and serves their community. Teen Academy graduates are encouraged to mentor their peers by sharing the knowledge they have gained through this FBI experience.


The FBI Teen Academy is open to high school sophomores or juniors enrolled in a public, private, charter, or home school program. The applicant must currently attend school within San Diego or Imperial County to be eligible to apply to the San Diego FBI Teen Academy.

Teen Academy Class Dates

FBI San Diego’s 2018 Teen Academy will take place on July 13, 2018 and August 7, 2018 at the San Diego Field Office in Sorrento Valley.

Who: High school sophomore/juniors from San Diego and Imperial Counties
What: FBI Teen Academy, San Diego Division
When: Applications accepted from March 1 to April 15, 2018 for class dates of July 13, 2018 and August 7, 2018
Where: FBI San Diego, 10385 Vista Sorrento Parkway, San Diego, CA 92121
Why: Leadership, opportunity, career, community partnership, mentorship

Participant in San Diego Teen Academy
Participant in San Diego Teen Academy

Application Process

The FBI’s Teen Academy application process allows for the identification of a diverse pool of students who are capable of leadership and have an interest in the FBI. An essay is required of all applicants. The essay should provide insight into the student’s motivations for attending the Teen Academy, as well as address the student’s expectations of the Teen Academy. All applications should highlight the student’s school activities and community involvement, which will be an important part of the criteria used to evaluate the applicants.

Applications are accepted beginning on March 1, 2018. Applications, supporting essay, and release form must be received by the FBI San Diego Field Office by April 15, 2018. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

Send completed applications to FBI San Diego Community Outreach Specialist Yadira Dickey via e-mail at ydickey@fbi.gov.