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The FBI is an intelligence-driven, national security and law enforcement agency. Our mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. We provide investigative expertise, intelligence, resources and training to domestic and international ... Read more

Mission: The FBI is an intelligence-driven, national security and law enforcement agency. Our mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. We provide investigative expertise, intelligence, resources and training to domestic and international ... Read more

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    To be successful, the FBI needs Special Agents who possess a broad range of education, experiences and skills. Our Special Agents come from a wide range of unexpected career backgrounds beyond law enforcement, including education, science, business and technology.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Why Work With Us?


At the FBI, our Special Agents bring their skills, talents, hearts and integrity to their crucial role of getting ahead of threats, upholding the law, defending civil rights and civil liberties and protecting the American people.

Responsible for enforcing more than 300 federal statutes, as well as conducting sensitive national security investigations, Special Agents develop relationships within and across communities.

A “routine” day for a Special Agent is anything but routine. It may entail interviewing a subject for an ongoing investigation in the morning, tracking terrorists’ online social activity before lunch, testifying in court in the afternoon and addressing the public on identity theft in the evening.

Our agents seek out cyberthieves, infiltrate organized crime rings, create psychological profiles of subjects, interrogate suspects, supervise complex investigations and serve as mentors, all while using the latest technologies in intelligence-gathering and data analysis.  

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The men and women of the FBI rise to the challenge, bringing a broad range of experiences and skills — from intelligence and IT to cybersecurity, linguistics, psychology and more.

Protecting the country requires people with unique perspectives and strong team-building skills. That’s why the FBI provides a diverse, inclusive workplace environment where human differences are valued and respected. Be it differences in race, ethnicity, religious background, ability or gender, each perspective and interest is vital to the creation of a diversified workforce at the Agency. At every level and position, embracing diversity is what guides the FBI in achieving its mission.

  • FBI Linguists and Foreign Language Professionals combine their foreign language proficiency and cultural expertise with the science of investigative work to help protect our country against crimes and national security threats. They translate documents, serve as interpreters and more.
  • Forensic Accountants apply their knowledge of financial processes to plan, coordinate and direct the financial aspects of investigations. Their extensive accounting, auditing and investigative skills are key in researching and following funneled or laundered money. They also uncover complex cases of fraud by corporate and financial institutions in the health care, mortgage and securities and commodities industries.
  • IT/Cyber/Computer Scientists keep the Agency’s systems running in order to secure American secrets, infrastructure, finances and lives. The FBI’s Technical Talent, often working in tandem with Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts, Forensic Examiners and others, provide their expertise to keep the Agency’s systems safe across the cyberspectrum, defeating malware attacks, investigating major computer intrusions and rooting out international espionage.

Our STEM professionals use scientific analysis and technical skills to help protect the nation from threats. They are at the cutting-edge of advances in forensic science, computer technology, cybersecurity, electronic surveillance, biometrics, encryption and other related fields.

FBI STEM professionals have opportunities to work with advanced technologies to address unique investigative and intelligence challenges not found in the private sector.

Biologists, Computer Scientists, Engineers, IT Specialists, Cryptologists, Software Engineers, Mathematicians and more — STEM professionals work across the entire FBI, from our 56 Field Offices to FBI Headquarters, but primarily within the Laboratory Division, Operational Technology Division, Cyber Division, Criminal Justice Information Services Division and the Information Technology Branch.

As the nation’s top law enforcement and intelligence organization, the FBI offers valuable work experience for students at every education level. We encourage students to experience our educational opportunities to learn what it’s like to work for the FBI.

The FBI Honors Internship Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive internships in the country. The 10-week paid summer internship immerses graduate students pursuing JDs, MBAs, MDs and PhDs in unique experiences that combine law enforcement with national security and intelligence. Participants work at FBI headquarters or in one of the FBI’s 56 Field Offices nationwide.

The FBI Collegiate Hiring Initiative gives recent graduates a chance to explore and transition into the many exceptional career paths the FBI has to offer. Graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated within two years of their application date, with an undergraduate, graduate or PhD degree, are eligible.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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    I am a high IQ person who was offered a position as an intelligence analyst at the FBI.

    The time between when I applied to when I got a job offer took 4 years.

    The FBI is incredibly unprofessional. I was literally boarding a plane to go to an interview for the intelligence analyst position and I called FBI administrative staff, asking why the flight reservation they booked didn't work and why I had to buy my own flight when I arrived at the airport. The administrative staff informed me for the first time that my interview has been cancelled a week prior. No one told me before.

    When the interview was rescheduled, I had to contact FBI administrative staff and ask them to book the flight, which could have been done earlier. The flight cost them a lot of money because they waited so long to book it.

    The FBI spends a huge amount of money interviewing candidates for intelligence analyst positions and then pays them a ridiculously small amount. My job offer was only for about $45k, and that included locality pay. They choose what state you live in, and you'll learn you are moving to a high-cost city like NY or San Francisco only after you quit your current job and do the intelligence analyst training.

    I told the polygrapher examiner I had an autonomic nervous system disorder before the polygraph was to start. She lied that my polygraph was suddenly cancelled for another reason, as if I was that stupid enough to believe it, and then I got a letter saying that I was disqualified. A polygraph measures the autonomic nervous system, so polygraphs are essentially a method of discrimination against people with autonomic nervous systems.

    I wasn't upset that the FBI retracted their employment offer because I didn't want to work with the FBI by this time. The organization is just so unprofessional.

    I got the impression that the FBI wants very smart employees, but also wants people who never question what they are told by the FBI. Smart people question what they are told.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Awards & Accolades

  • 2020 Top Diversity Employers, Diversity Jobs, 2020
  • 2020 Best of the Best Top Government & Law Enforcement Agencies, Black EOE Journal, 2020
  • 2020 Best of the Best Top Government & Law Enforcement Agencies, U.S. Veterans Magazine, 2020
  • Top 20 Government Employers, Equal Opportunity Magazine, 2020
  • Top 20 Government Employers, Careers & the disABLED Magazine, 2020
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