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Career Path to the FBI

Hello, I was trying to figure out the best way to get on a career path to the FBI, Im majoring in Information Technology with a focus in cyber security, and I love to travel as well. So was just wanting some advice on that

Thank you comment icon The FBI and other government agencies very significantly from the cybersecurity program at Dakota State University. It might be a program you want to look into! Dipti Salopek

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David’s Answer

The FBI typically goes through phases where, for a year or two, it only wants recruits with former law enforcement or military experience. Then, for a year or two after that, they typically want recruits with no former law enforcement or military experience. It depends largely on who is running the agency at the time, current cultural trends, etc. There's no real way to predict it.

I'd check with your local law enforcement agency and see if you can get internships early with them. Most agencies of 100 officers or more will have a specialized investigator that looks into cyber crime, and some agencies even have their own dedicated cybercrime unit. This would be an excellent way to get some idea of what the job would look like without traveling to FBI headquarters.
Thank you comment icon I appreciate your support, David Isaac
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Edmond’s Answer

As David explained in his response, the best way is to intern for FBI. Check opportunities at https://www.fbijobs.gov/

You can also contact your FBI field office and ask info about their regional Electronic Crime Task Force (ECTF) event. Usually they have a quarterly meet. While most were virtual meetings due to the pandemic, the in-person meets are slowly coming back. That's a great opportunity to meet the agents in person and ask questions.
Thank you comment icon Thank you! Isaac
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Atul’s Answer

Whether it is the FBI, CIA, NSA, or DNI - try to secure an internship at these places after taking some credits in the computer languages and do the research to find out what languages are widely used. It used to be ADA (used by DoD) but it may be Python, Javascript, or other languages.
Some high schools offer computer programming languages, if you do have it, you may get lucky to get an internship earlier than your junior year of the college.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice, Im already in college, im a rising Junior, so I was just wondering what I should be doing, you answered my question perfectly, thank you! Isaac
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