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Job Description

Who May Apply


The FBI’s Collegiate Hiring Initiative (CHI) recruits for recent undergraduate and graduate students for full-time, permanent positions, who are ready to take the next step toward discovering an insider’s perspective on FBI operations and a career truly unlike any other. 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.

Opening Date: September 1, 2019

Closing Date: October 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm (EST)

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to recruiting@fbi.gov with the subject line “2020 CHI Finance – Questions”.

Job Summary

Title: Finance Positions- 2020 Collegiate Hiring Initiative

Locations:  Nationwide

Positions:   Accounting Analyst, Auditor, Budget Analyst, Contract Specialist, Forensic Accountant

Duration:  Full-Time / Permanent

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

What You Will 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. 

Key Requirements

  1. You must have graduated or will be graduating between May 2018 and June 2020 (Veterans: May 2014 and June 2020)
  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
  4. You must not be a current, permanent FBI employee

If you do not meet all of the key requirements, you are NOT eligible for the FBI’s Collegiate Hiring Initiative (CHI).

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:

  1. You are not a U.S. Citizen (born or naturalized)
  2. You have been convicted of a felony
  3. You have used illegal drugs in violation of the FBI Employment Drug Policy
  4. You have defaulted on a student loan insured by the U.S. Government
  5. You have failed an FBI-administered urinalysis drug test
  6. You have failed to register with the Selective Service System (males only – exceptions apply. Please click here to view exceptions.)  

If you have any of the automatic disqualifiers, you are NOT eligible for the Collegiate Hiring Initiative and/or employment with the FBI.         

Required Documents

Applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date, which includes:

  1. Your resume (required)
  2. A complete assessment questionnaire (required)
  3. Most recent official college transcripts (required)
  4. Other supporting documents (if applicable):

a.  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.
b.  If claiming previous federal service, you MUST ATTACH a SF-50.

Cover letters are optional, and should be addressed to a general “Hiring Manager” if submitted.

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.

If you are missing any of the required documents, your application will not be considered.


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

Career Opportunities

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

Accounting Analyst: Accounting Analysts perform a variety of functions relating to classifying, reporting, and reconciling accounting information.  In this position you will work with the control and analysis of FBI funds and appropriation accounts, as well as participating in budget execution responsibilities (verifying and substantiating data, reconciling entries, preparing reports).  A Bachelor’s Degree in any field of study is accepted for this position, with accounting or a related major being preferred. This position serves in headquarters divisions.

Auditor:  Auditors utilize a variety of accounting and auditing methods and techniques to evaluate and report on field office and Headquarters programs and functions.  As an FBI Auditor you would independently plan and coordinate detailed examinations of these areas, reviewing ongoing practices and assessing compliance with all rules and regulations – ultimately crafting and presenting reports based on these findings.  A Bachelor's Degree is required in accounting, or in a related field (i.e. business administration, finance, or public administration) that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.  This position serves throughout the 56 field office locations as well as headquarters divisions.

Budget Analyst: Budget Analysts will be 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. A Bachelor’s Degree in any field of study is accepted for this position.  This position serves in headquarters divisions.

Contract Specialist: FBI Contract Specialists perform a wide range of contract functions relating to the procurement of supplies and services, such as technical and telecommunications equipment or hardware and software relating to different projects.  You would work with reviewing requisitions and determining appropriate methods of procurement, analyzing proposals and bids/offers and actively participating in negotiations. A Bachelor’s Degree in any field of study is accepted for this position.  This position serves in headquarters divisions.

Forensic Accountant:  Forensic Accountants work directly with examination of financial data associated with domestic and international white collar crime, cybercrime, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations.  In this position you would work with tracing financial transactions, developing financial profiles of groups involved in criminal activities, and uncovering evidence that directly impacts an investigation. A Bachelor's Degree is required in accounting, or a in a related field (i.e. business administration, finance, or public administration) that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.  This position serves throughout the 56 field office locations as well as headquarters divisions.

How to Apply

For detailed instructions related to applying, uploading documents, withdrawing an application or updating your application, please review instructions on How to Apply.  If applying online is a hardship, please use the contact information listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

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)

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.