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Who May Apply


This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

Opening Date: August 24, 2018

Closing Date: October 14, 2018

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to recruiting@fbi.gov with the subject line “2019 CHI Question”.

Job Summary

Title: Collegiate Hiring Initiative – Recent Graduates

Locations:  NATIONWIDE

Position: Multiple available

Duration:  Full-Time / Permanent

Please read the entire announcement carefully for detailed information on qualifications and application procedures.


The FBI has opportunities for recent undergraduate and graduate students, who are ready to take the next step toward discovering an insider’s perspective on FBI operations and a career truly unlike any other.

What You’ll Need to Succeed

  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus
  • Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements
  • Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are
  • The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve

Mission Statement:

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States. 

Job Summary

The Collegiate Hiring Initiative is designed to give recent undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to begin an exciting career with the FBI. Collegiate Hires make tremendous contributions to the FBI’s mission, from ensuring the smooth running of operational squads by performing key business and administrative functions, to working as a core part of investigative teams by analyzing and visualizing data, among many other opportunities. Whatever your role, you will play a key part in protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution of the United States – and you will have the chance to explore where your FBI career can take you.

Who May Apply

The FBI’s Collegiate Hiring Initiative recruits graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated or will graduate with an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctorate degree between June  2017 and June 2019, with a 2.95 GPA or higher, for full-time career opportunities (see the “Career Opportunities” section for a sampling of positions available). If you are not graduating within this timeframe and are not seeking a full-time opportunity, please apply to our Honors Internship Program posting at FBIJOBS.gov.

Veterans who have graduated or will graduate between June 2013 and June 2019 and meet all other requirements are eligible to apply to this posting.  

Please note that if you meet any of the automatic disqualifiers or do not meet the key requirements, you are not eligible for employment with the FBI.

Key Requirements

1. You must have graduated or will be graduating between June 2017 and June 2019. (Veterans: June 2013 and June 2019)

2. You must have a graduating GPA of no less than 2.95 on a 4.0 scale.

3. Must be able to obtain a Top-Secret security clearance.

Automatic Disqualifiers

Applicants must meet all Eligibility requirements located on our Employment Eligibility  page. Applicants will be automatically disqualified if they meet any of the following criteria:


• You are not a U.S. Citizen (born or naturalized)

• You have been convicted of a felony

• You have used illegal drugs in violation of the FBI Employment Drug Policy

• You have defaulted on a student loan insured by the U.S. Government

• You have failed an FBI-administered urinalysis drug test

• You have failed to register with the Selective Service System (males only – exceptions apply. Please click here to view exceptions.)           

Required Documents

All applicants MUST ATTACH their most recent official college transcripts.

If claiming Veterans’ Preference, you MUST ATTACH a DD-214. Disabled veterans must also submit an SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later, in addition to the DD-214.

If claiming previous federal service, attach an SF-50.

Submitted documents should be in a .pdf format. Please do not submit any of the following file formats: HTML, TIF, JPEG, DOC, DOCX, Password Protected, or Web Link. Please ensure “.pdf” is in lowercase letters.


As part of the application, candidates are asked to select their desired locations. Assignments are based on the needs of the FBI, and not all locations may have openings for certain positions. Candidates are encouraged to select their six most desired locations. Some positions, including those located in Anchorage, AK, Honolulu, HI, and San Juan, PR, are eligible for relocation incentives, if eligibility requirements are met.  To find out more information about available field offices visit the Locations page.  To learn more about the different FBI Headquarters Divisions, please click here.

Please note, when applying, Washington D.C. refers to the Metropolitan area, which includes downtown D.C. as well as surrounding areas, such as Quantico, Manassas, etc.

The FBI anticipates that in the next several years Headquarters Divisions may be relocated from Washington, DC to Huntsville, AL.  At this time, those Divisions have not been identified. Please consider this future movement when applying to all job postings. 

Career Opportunities

Some of the positions the FBI offers include but are not limited to:

Operational Support Technician: Operational Support Technicians are the backbone of the FBI, and take on assignments ranging from program analysis and administrative support, to operational coordination. Working in one of our 56 field offices across the country, you will get deep exposure to the inner workings of an FBI squad, and form deep connections along the way.  The majority of these positions are located throughout all field office and resident agency locations.  A Bachelors Degree in any field of study is accepted for this position. 

Computer Scientist: Computer Scientists do everything from analyzing and preserving digital evidence, to testing and applying technical and analytical innovations, to building virtual computing environments and isolated analysis networks. You will have the opportunity to be innovative, test and learn, and use your creativity and engineering skills in this essential role that directly impacts the FBI’s mission.  These positions are limited and located throughout all field office, resident agency and Headquarter locations.  This position has a positive education requirement that requires a degree in computer science with a combined 30 semester hours in mathmatics, statistics, and computer science. 

Data Analyst: Data Analysts work directly with investigative teams to uncover patterns and guide next steps. The work includes managing and conditioning data for long-term use and retention, normalizing data sets, and identifying patterns for use in investigative planning. You will use quantitative and qualitative techniques and tools to help investigative teams get the results they need to move forward.  These positions are limited and located throughout all field office, resident agency and Headquarter locations.  An IT degree is preferred but not required for this position. 

Digital Operations Specialist: Digital Operations Specialists are computer and network pros who tactically assist investigative teams with identifying, seizing, and analyzing digital evidence related to online activities encountered during investigations. You will use your knowledge to maximize investigators’ understanding of the full digital footprint of their subjects’ illegal activities.  These positions are limited and located throughout all field office, resident agency and Headquarter locations.  An IT degree is preferred but not required for this position. 

Electronics Technician: Electronics Technicians are central to the FBI’s ability to respond to crisis. Electronics Technicians perform critical work on communication systems. As an Electronics Technician, you may be installing or performing corrective maintenance on a variety of FBI systems, but your work will ensure the safety of the American people.  The majority of these positions are located throughout all field office and resident agency locations.  A Bachelors Degree with a major in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electronics Technology, or other fields related to the position is required. 

IT Specialist –IT Specialists fall into two career paths:

IT Specialist (General): IT Specialists are a critical resource on technology and information, and configure, analyze, adapt, and develop new processes and systems to ensure the FBI’s technical capabilities continue to improve. These positions are primarily located at Headquarter locations, i.e. IT Applications Data Division and CJIS and require a degree or experience in an IT-related field of study.

 Areas of expertise needed include:

  • Cloud Engineering
  • Database Administration
  • Software Engineering
  • Big Data Technology
  • Platform/Site Reliability Engineering

IT Specialist (Forensic Examiner) (ITS-FE): ITS-FEs are exposed to a new world of information technology, and have the chance to work on unique investigations with partners across the United States. ITS-FEs use their technical capabilities scientifically, by applying rigor and process to the evaluation, preservation, and collection of digital evidence. You will be part of an elite group of technical experts, and have the opportunity to work not only on FBI investigations, but those of our partners as well.  These positions are limited and located throughout all field office, resident agency and Headquarter locations.  A degree is required for this position with a combined 24 hours in computer science, engineering, information science, inforomation systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management.

Budget Analyst: Budget Analysts are involved with developing, analyzing, or executing budgets, preparing data in support of the budgetary cycle, analyzing and comparing budget estimates for variations, making recommendations to upper management regarding a number of issues including transfers and reallocation of funding, and much more.These positions are primarily located throughout Headquarter locations.

Personnel Security Specialist: Personnel Security Specialists provide direct support and service to the administration of FBI Security Programs, initiate appropriate security checks, process background investigations, and conduct personnel security interviews and security briefings.  These positions are primarily located throughout Headquarter locations, with limited positions in the field offices. 

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process.

  1. Establish an applicant account on the FBIJobs website by clicking “Apply Now” and then “Register Now” or login using your existing applicant account.
  2. Paste your text resume in the space provided, upload a new resume, or use a resume you have applied with previously.
  3. Complete your applicant profile if establishing your account for the first time.
  4. Complete the assessment questionnaire.
  5. Complete the application sections requested and submit your application.
  6. Review your application. You can select a section title to review your responses. To edit a response select Modify.
  7. Once you have reviewed your application, select the Submit button to submit your completed application.

You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) On October 14, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. If applying online is a hardship, please contact recruiting@fbi.gov with the subject line “CHI Application Help” for assistance prior to the closing date.

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation for submission, please follow the instructions below.  Once documents are successfully attached, they will automatically be sent to HR.

  1. Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click the "My Career Tools" hyperlink at the top of the page.
  2. Click the "Add Attachment" hyperlink located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
  3. Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available).
  4. Populate the “Attachment Purpose” field.
  5. Click the “Add Attachment” hyperlink.
  6. Upload the desired attachment.
  7. Click "Save & Add More" (if you are attaching more than one) or "Save & Return" if you have finished attaching documents.

Additional Information

The FBI is part of the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.

Selectees must undergo and successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation as a condition of employment. Prior to the initiation of a background investigation, you will be required to pass a polygraph examination and a drug test. The background investigation will include a check of your credit history and criminal record, as well as interviews with prior employers, references, co-workers, personal associates, family members, and friends. You may be disqualified from selection or removed from employment based on information obtained during this background investigation.

Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this Job Opening may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.

Veterans' Preference

If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you should indicate the type of Veterans' Preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Based upon required documents submitted at the time of application submission, your Veterans' Preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.


Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative’s appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at REASONABLE_ACCOMDA@fbi.gov., telephone at 202-324-2158, or FAX at 202-324-3976.  Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests.  Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations.  Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp



About Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

From confronting the evolving threats facing our nation to acting as a role model in your community, working at the FBI is so much more than a job. The FBI is an intelligence-driven national security and law enforcement agency with more than 35,000 employees across the nation and the globe. Our mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States by providing investigative expertise, intelligence, resources and training to domestic and international agencies and partners. Every day and every career path is different, whether you’re a Special Agent, an Intelligence Analyst, a Forensic Accountant or one of other specialized careers. Whatever your background, you may be suited for a career in the FBI if: - You have great problem-solving and analytical skills. - You know how to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgments. - You are detail-oriented, yet remain strategic. At the FBI, honesty and integrity are more than just words; they are the foundation of who we are. We take pride in making a difference in the communities we serve. In addition to our main downtown Washington, D.C., other headquarters locations include Quantico, VA; Winchester, VA and Clarksburg, WV. There are 56 FBI field offices in major metropolitan centers across the United States; each covers a defined geographic region and is responsible for all FBI operations in that region. Wherever our teams are located, we bring our backgrounds to the forefront to drive initiatives that impact our most important stakeholders: the American people. Our mission is simple, but our work is complex. We have a diverse culture of employees that makes us one family — OneFBI.