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FBI Honors Internship Program

Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2021.

Discover an insider’s perspective on FBI operations while gaining unparalleled experience with our Honors Internship Program (HIP). Our 10-week paid internship is ideal for undergraduate students to fulfill the summer before their senior year, as well as for graduate students and post-doctoral students, to gain hands-on experience with the FBI. This is a unique opportunity to learn and work alongside FBI employees while gaining knowledge and setting yourself up for an exceptional career.

The Honors Internship Program is geared toward students and graduates in the accounting, cyber, law and STEM fields. As a direct pipeline to entry-level FBI jobs, HIP offers a paid internship experience unlike most. That’s why it’s highly competitive and considered one of the most prestigious internship programs in the country.

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.

Please note: The FBI will soon be hiring for hundreds of new jobs in the high-tech city of Huntsville, AL, where a new FBI campus is under construction at the Redstone Arsenal, a 38,000-acre federal research, development, testing and engineering center. Future permanent assignments are based on the current needs of the FBI — and filling positions in Huntsville will be among our most important needs! Please visit our Huntsville page to view upcoming news regarding the FBI’s expansion in Huntsville.


  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Attend a college or university full time as an undergraduate, graduate or post-doctoral student. Students are not eligible if they will graduate before the program start date; exceptions are permitted to students continuing their 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.
  • A student attending a school that does not provide a GPA will need to meet alternate criteria. Instead of a 3.0 GPA or higher, the applicant must have maintained at least a 3.0 high school GPA and have scored a 1500 out of 2400 on the SAT (1000 out of 1600 on new SATs) or scored a 21 or higher on the ACT.
  • Pass all of the FBI employment background investigation requirements and be able to receive a Top Secret Clearance.
Educational Disciplines

The FBI is interested in applicants with the following backgrounds:

  • Accounting
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Law
  • Cyber

Application Procedure

Candidate Skills

The most-competitive applicants possess the following skills:

  • Strong analytical thinking abilities.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Initiative and self-motivation.
  • Collaboration — works well with others.
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Location Choices

Intern assignments are based on the current skills needed in the FBI. As part of the application, candidates are asked to pick their top six desired Field Office and Headquarters locations; the Bureau will take the preferred locations into account during the selection process. To find the closest Field Office or view all of our locations, visit the Locations page.

Headquarters selections include the FBI’s main Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as Quantico, VA, Clarksburg, WV, and Winchester, VA. Quantico opportunities include the Training, Operational Technology or Laboratory divisions. Clarksburg offers opportunities in Criminal Justice Information Services; Winchester offers Information Management Division opportunities. To learn more about the different FBI Headquarters divisions please click here.

Candidates who select Quantico, Clarksburg, or Winchester must have their own transportation to and from work; public transportation is unavailable in these areas.

Official Website: FBI Honors Internship Program



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