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How to reach my goal of working in the BSU of the FBI?

I’m currently a psychology and forensic science (interdisciplinary studies) major at a university. I’m a sophomore right now but I really would love to work with the FBI in their Behavioral Science Unit. I’d love to interview criminals and such. How do I get to that point? #interviewing #interviews #fbi #behavior #criminology #psychology

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Kendall to become an FBI profiler the FBI requires all agents to hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college. Candidates with military or law enforcement experience are not exempt from this education requirement. The FBI does not require agents to have a degree in a specific program, though aspiring FBI profilers should choose a degree program that will help develop the critical skills they need to analyze criminal behavior and develop suspect profiles. Suggested degree programs include psychology, criminology, or sociology. Candidates must work in a position related to their degree for a minimum of 3 years before applying to the FBI. The FBI recommends that candidates interested in working in profiling positions as Supervisory Special Agents have extensive knowledge and experience working with homicides, rapes, child abductions, and threats prior to applying to become a Special Agent. To that end, interested candidates might consider working for local law enforcement as homicide or missing persons investigators. To increase one's chances of becoming a profiler, candidates need to pass the Special Agent Selection System (SASS). There are several steps which are both mentally and physically demanded and aim to select the best possible candidates for open positions. Steps include applying and being screened for a phase 1 test. After passing the phase 1 test on logic and reasoning, they will be invited to a meet and greet session and complete a phase 2 test, which is a written assessment. After passing the official physical fitness test and background check, candidates can start their training process.

Selected applicants will attend a 20-week training program at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Agents receive classroom and Web-based instruction in subjects including law, investigative practices, forensics, behavioral science, and ethics. To prepare new agents for common scenarios Special Agents experience, trainees will conduct mock-investigations where they will interview suspects, find evidence, and provide testimony in court. New agents will also receive training in firearms, defensive techniques, tactical driving, working undercover, and surveillance. U.S. citizens ranging from 23-36 years old can apply to be FBI agents. Applicants must pass a hearing and vision test and a fitness test that consists of a 1.5 mile run, push-ups, sprinting, and sit ups. The application process also includes a medical evaluation, polygraph test, credit check, drug test, and employment check. Any applicants with felony convictions, student loans in default, and those not registered with the Selective Service System are immediately disqualified.

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John recommends the following next steps:

Participate in an internship. Finding in an internship can help a student expand his or her education outside of a classroom environment and gain hands-on training in the field. Specifically, students can apply for internships directly through the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit (BSU), where FBI profilers work.
Begin building physical strength. Since a physical examination is part of the FBI application process, students should begin building their strength and endurance early. Working in this, or any law enforcement field, can be dangerous, physically demanding, and stressful.

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Kayla’s Answer

Hi Kendall -

John did a great job highlighting all of the steps to get into the FBI Behavioral Science Unit. Since the opportunities within that specific unit are limited, I would also try to get experience in related fields. Other career fields to look at, shadow or intern with may include a Corrections Counselor, Victim Advocate, Police Consultant, or Investigative Journalist. The best way to land a dream career is through experience and making connections. I wish you the best of luck!