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Internship Alert! FBI Summer Internships

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requested our office to promote their Volunteer Summer Internship Program at Gonzaga!

Volunteer Internship Program

The 2013 Volunteer Internship Application is open October 1, 2012 through October 22, 2012. The application link is available on www.fbijobs.gov/VolunteerInternshipProgram. The 2013 FBI Volunteer Internship program dates are June 3, 2013 – August 9, 2013.

 

Each summer, a special group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students are selected to participate in the FBI Volunteer Internship Program (VIP).  FBI interns will get an “insider’s view” of FBI operations and will have the opportunity to explore the many career options available within the FBI.  Interns gain professional experience that is unique, valuable, and marketable, across both the public and private sectors.  Positions for this 10-week unpaid internship are available in Field Offices across the country, including the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.  The 2013 VIP program will be implemented from

June 3, 2013 through August 9, 2013.

 

Successful interns with the necessary grade point average, academic disciplines, experiences, and diverse backgrounds aligned with the FBI’s long-range personnel needs to include, but not limited to:

  • Engineering, Information Technology, Physical Science, Foreign Languages, Business, International Relations, Communications, Human Resources, Accounting/Finance, Law, and Behavioral Science

One of the FBI’s priorities is to hire individuals with Computer Science and Cyber backgrounds.  Since this is one of the FBI’s main focuses at this time, the FBI is looking for individuals who possess any of the following academic backgrounds related to the Computer Science/Cyber fields:

  • Academic Degrees: Computer Forensics, Computer Science, Information Security, Digital Investigative Management, Network and Communications Management, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering Information Systems, or Information Technology
  • Certifications:  Certifications from national associations or vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft, GIAC, EC-Council, ISACA, INFOSEC, CompTIA, Apple, ICSA focusing on networks or network security

Benefits:

  • Work side-by-side with Special Agents and Professional Staff personnel on important cases and management issues
  • Obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance
  • At the end of the summer, students may be offered the opportunity to continue the internship throughout the school year at an office nearest to their school

Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be enrolled full-time in a college or university which is accredited through a regional or national institutional association which is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education
  • Must be a Junior, Senior or graduate student (anyone graduating before June 2013 is ineligible)
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale, and be in good standing with their academic institution
  • Must be able to meet all FBI employment requirements, to include successful completion of an FBI Background investigation, in order to receive a Top Secret Security Clearance

Disqualifiers (Drug Policy)

You can easily determine whether you meet the FBI’s illegal drug policy by answering the following questions:

  • Have you used marijuana at all within the last three years?
  • Have you used any other illegal drug (including anabolic steroids after February 27, 1991) at all in the past 10 years?
  • Have you ever sold, distributed, manufactured, or transported any illegal drug?
  • Have you ever used any prescription drug or used a legally obtained substance in a manner for which it was not intended with three years (36 months) preceding the date of the preliminary application for employment?

 

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, you are not eligible for employment or an internship with the FBI at this time.

Recent Grad looking for Employment with a Stable Employer?

Are you tired of hearing of one company after another going bankrupt or having difficulties in this tough economy?  Consider working for one company that has been around for quite some time: the Federal Government.    The benefits are there as well as the demand for young and fresh employees.   Some estimates put that the Federal Government will be retiring nearly 500,000 baby boomers over the course of the next ten years so the need to fill roles now is paramount.

Here is one Federal opportunity design specifically for recent graduates:

Public Service Fellows Program

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

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The Public Service Fellows Program is structured to enable each Fellow to significantly contribute to the Partnership’s work while gaining valuable experience.F ellows are assigned to one of the Partnerships teams based on their skill and interest match. During their tenure, fellows are fully integrated within the teams projects and meetings. Fellows may also be asked to lend support on projects for other teams, as needed, and to occasionally assist with administrative duties, such as mailings, greeting visitors, and directing phone calls.

Departments/Areas accepting fellows fo Fall 2009 are as follows:

  • Business Development/Fundraising
  • Communications
  • Education & Outreach
  • Government Affairs
  • Nonprofit Management/Accounting
  • Government Transformation
  • Research

QUALIFICATIONS:  Strong commitment to public service issues Desire to learn about issues affecting the federal government. Desire and ability to interact with other organizations including those in the non-profit, academic, private, media, and governmental sectors. Excellent writing and analytical skills. Good presentation skills. Ability to work well in a fast-paced ever-changing environment and to work on multiple assignments in a given time frame. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a member of a tea.  Current student or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program. Proficiency in web-based research and Microsoft Office programs.

For full description of specific department, check out the posting on ZagTrax.net with ID#: 3155.