Fbi Internship For High School Students

The FBI has an internship program for high school students.

The program offers paid internships to high school students who are interested in studying law enforcement, criminal justice, or computer science. The internships are meant to expose young people to careers in law enforcement and give them a chance to learn about the FBI.

The program is open to freshmen through seniors in high school, as well as college students who are still minors. It’s a great way for students who want to pursue a career with the FBI or other law enforcement agencies to get some real-world experience before making their decision.

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Fbi Internship For High School Students

Honors Internship Program

Our 10-week Honors Internship Program (HIP) is the perfect opportunity to set your career in motion. Ideal for undergraduate students between their junior and senior years, as well as graduate students pursuing a master’s degree, JD, or PhD, this paid internship can be a direct pipeline to full-time employment after college. This is a unique opportunity for students to learn and work alongside our professionals.

The Application Cycle is Closed

The 2022 Honors Internship Program application cycle is now closed. Check back soon for the next application dates.


Internship Key Features


10-week summer internship


Receive compensation for your contribution


Assignments available at field office and headquarters locations


Full-time employment opportunities after graduation

* Interns with a bachelor’s degree who are enrolled in a full-time graduate program will receive GS-5 pay. All other full-time students, including dual-enrollment students, will receive GS-4 pay, including undergraduate students enrolled in a graduate course.


Minimum Qualifications

To qualify for the Honors Internship Program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Attend a U.S.-accredited college or university full-time as an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral student. You are not eligible if you will graduate before the program start date; exceptions are permitted if you are continuing your education in the semester immediately following.
  • Have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better at the time of application, throughout the application process, and for the duration of the internship program.
  • Pass all of the FBI employment background investigation requirements and be able to receive a Top Secret Clearance.



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Honors Internship Application Process

Assignments are based on the needs of the FBI. You will be asked to rank your top six preferred locations, which will be taken into account if you are selected. To view our locations, visit the page below.


The Program Term Acknowledgement Form and School Certification Form are required attachments for your application. Fill out these forms and obtain signatures from your dean or registrar.

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FBI Eligibility

To be eligible for employment, you must adhere to the following guidelines prior to application consideration:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Public record must be in good standing with no felony convictions
  • Adherence with FBI drug policy
  • Pass urinalysis and background investigation
  • Student loan repayments must be in good standing
  • Filed all required annual federal, state, and local taxes
  • Current on court ordered child support payments
  • No engagement with organizations designed to overthrow the U.S. government
  • Register with the U.S. Selective Service (for males only)


For more details, please download the FBI Eligibility document.


Veterans’ Preference

We strongly encourage military service members and veterans to apply. Veterans who apply may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference.

To learn more, please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Veterans Services page. 


Non-Competitive Hiring of Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with Schedule A authorization can be non-competitively appointed to positions.

For more information, please visit OPM’s Disabilities page.



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Hiring Process

We strive to provide a seamless hiring and onboarding process. Here is what you can expect in each phase:

  1. Application Submission
    Explore careers and apply to a position.
  2. Eligibility and Qualifications Review
    An HR specialist will review your application to determine your eligibility.
  3. Interview and Testing
    You will be contacted to schedule an interview. Specialized career paths may require additional assessments. 
  4. Conditional Job Offer
    After passing interviews and applicable assessments, you will receive a conditional offer for FBI employment.
  5. Background Investigation (BI)
    You will complete a BI, including a polygraph, to receive an FBI Top Secret Security Clearance.
  6. Final Job Offer
    After successfully completing BI, you will be eligible to receive a final job offer. 
  7. Entrance on Duty (EOD) Date Scheduled
    You will be scheduled for your first day at the FBI. You will attend orientation your first week and some positions require that you attend training at the FBI Academy in Quantico.

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