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FBI Norfolk Field Office Volunteer Internship Program

FBI Norfolk Field Office Volunteer Internship Program 

The Norfolk Division launched its Volunteer Internship Program in August 2007. This is a non-paid internship program and is designed to allow college students to volunteer their services to the FBI while earning college credit. It also establishes and fosters a relationship between the FBI and the academic community. The program serves as an innovative method of contributing to the learning and development of ambitious college students interested in careers in law enforcement. The program will provide considerable assistance to the mission of the FBI and will provide an outstanding learning environment for highly motivated college students.

The primary objective is to expose a number of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to the FBI and to promote their future interest in the Bureau. It is also intended to enhance the FBI’s visibility and recruitment efforts at various colleges and universities. Due to the very selective and highly competitive nature of this program, a limited number of internships are awarded. Only those individuals possessing strong and diverse academic credentials, outstanding character, a high degree of motivation, and the ability to represent the FBI in a positive presence will be selected.

The Norfolk Division will announce and accept applications from qualified students throughout the year for the spring, fall, and summer semesters. Students must be enrolled in a college or university located within the FBI Norfolk Division jurisdiction to apply. Prior agreement/approval and sponsorship of the student must be obtained from the student’s college before the application is received. This is a non-paid internship, and all costs will be the sole responsibility of the student.

Applicants must submit their completed application package to the Norfolk Division no later than applicable deadline date(s). Based on the packages, the most competitive candidates will be selected directly for the program or invited to interview with the selection committee. Selection will be based upon academic achievement, demonstrated skills and experience, recommendation from their college dean or department director, character, and program interest. Candidates must also undergo preliminary processing and pass a background investigation, drug screening test, and polygraph examination and receive a top secret security clearance prior to final selection. Interns selected each semester will depend strictly on the qualification of the interns interviewed that semester, position availability, and successful completion of a background investigation.

Students selected will be assigned to the Norfolk FBI for a 12-week program. Students must volunteer for a minimum of 16 hours per week (40 hour maximum). Upon acceptance students are assigned to a squad/unit within the Norfolk FBI headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia or the resident agency located in Hampton, Virginia.

Work assignments should parallel a student’s academic course of study. Assignments foster learning in the various investigative techniques of the FBI, not general clerical work, with special agents and professional support staff. Students are exposed to missions in support of top investigative program initiatives including intelligence oversight in the areas of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, field intelligence, cyber crime/InfraGard, white-collar crime, civil rights, and criminal enterprise. Additionally, individuals work alongside professional staff in specialized areas to include the intelligence analysis, human resources, records management, information systems, finance, training, security, and facilities and logistics management.

Due to the sensitive nature of the FBI’s mission, students are required to enter into an agreement with the FBI and the educational institution. This agreement serves as a mutual understanding of all program responsibilities and policies by all individuals. Students will also be sponsored (in writing) by an appropriate member of the school’s faculty. The sponsor serves as a liaison for the student during the program and will contact the FBI on changes in the student’s status and school requirements and provides general guidance and support to the student.

The program coordinator for the Norfolk Division will provide direct oversight of the Volunteer Internship Program. The coordinator will serve as the liaison with the educational institution and serve as the primary contact for all Intern students. The FBI is committed to ensuring complete success of our program. We welcome the support of our academic community in making this Internship Program “number one in excellence” for our future leaders of tomorrow.