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Future Agents in Training

Future Agents in Training (FAIT) is a program hosted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office that invites high school students to receive hands-on training. This program works to educate and inform students about the mission of the FBI’s divisions: criminal, counterterrorism, intelligence, counterintelligence, and administrative. Students learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, capturing criminals, and solving cases. The next FAIT program will be held August 1-5, 2016.

Download the 2016 FAIT Application (pdf)

Applications for the 2016 FAIT program are due no later than Friday, June 3, 2016. All applicants will be notified of their status no later than July 1, 2016. 

While in the past this program has been open to students from across the country, the 2016 program is open only to students who currently attend high school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Unfortunately, we can make no exceptions.

Eligibility Requirements for the WFO Future Agent in Training Program:

  • Student is a United States Citizen currently attending a high school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia.
  • Student is currently enrolled in an accredited high school. If home schooled, the student is recognized by their school district. (Students graduating from an accredited high school in the spring of 2016 are eligible to apply.)
  • Student must be 16 to 18 years old at the time of the Future Agent in Training course (August 2016).
  • Student has a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Student has completed two essays. (See section VII of the FAIT application.)
  • Students must be present each day of the FAIT program and responsible for their transportation to and from the FBI Washington Field Office.

Future Agents in Training (FAIT) Program
Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When can I apply for FAIT?

A: The 2016 FAIT application is now available. The deadline for the 2015 FAIT application is Friday, June 3, 2016. Applications submitted after the posted deadline will not be considered for selection. The 2016 FAIT program will be held August 1-5, 2016.

Q: Is there a cost for the FAIT program?

A: There is no cost for the FAIT program; however, students who are selected are responsible for their own transportation and lodging costs.

Q: Is FAIT an internship opportunity? Is FAIT a camp?

A: FAIT is not an internship program or a camp. FAIT is a week-long program for high school students that provides an inside look into the mission of the FBI. The program includes briefings by special agents, intelligence analysts, and professional staff. Students are able apply what they learn through hands-on experiences and participation in a simulated investigation. For information about internship opportunities, please visit the FBI Jobs website under For Students.

Q: Where do students stay during FAIT?

A: Students are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation while attending the FAIT program. The FBI works with local hotels to negotiate discounted rates for program participants who are traveling to Washington, D.C. Participants are not required to stay at the hotel at which the discounted rate is offered.

Q: When will I find out if I was selected?

A: All applicants will receive an e-mail response from the FBI Washington Field Office Community Outreach Program staff e-mail address, , confirming receipt of their application. Applicants will be notified of their selection no later than July 1, 2016.

Q: How many students are selected?

A: The number of students selected to participate in FAIT has varied by year; however, the FAIT program size ranges from 30 to 45 participants.

Q: How are students selected?

A: Selections are based on the totality of each application. Grade point average (GPA), essays, extracurricular activities, and optional submission of letters of recommendation (not required) are all taken into account. The Washington Field Office Community Outreach Program recommends that applicants have an adult or teacher review their application prior to submission. Selection is based on well thought-out essays with minimal typographical errors. Essays should be double-spaced in 12 point Times News Roman font and should not exceed 500 words per essay. Answers to essay questions should be clear and concise and provide broader insight into the student’s experience. Final selections are made by FBI executive management.

Q: What happens if I’m not selected?

A: All applicants will be notified by e-mail of their status. Applicants who are not selected for the 2016 FAIT program are encouraged to apply for the 2017 FAIT program, if eligible.

Q: What if I do not meet the eligibility requirements?

A:  Students are encouraged to work on their application for submission to a future FAIT program. If a student does not meet the eligibility criteria, the student is encouraged to contact their closest FBI field office community outreach coordinator to learn of other events and/or programs in which they can engage the FBI.

All questions regarding the FAIT program must be sent via e-mail to WFOCOP@ic.fbi.gov. Phone calls will not be accepted.

Future Agents in Training is not an FBI internship program. Internship programs are coordinated through FBI Headquarters and can be viewed on the FBI Jobs Student Center.

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