Useful Work Experience for FBI Agent Hopefuls
The FBI isn't just looking to hire just anybody - they are looking to hire the best of the best (people who have extensive work experience in the field of criminal justice and have excellent problem solving skills). Since there is a myriad of
candidates who seek to become FBI agents, it's likely that you will need more than just a college degree to acquire this special type of government job. With that said, having significant FBI work experience can also show your potential employer that you are familiar with this type of job environment and that you are a highly suitable candidate. Some possible jobs that applicants should consider in order to gain FBI-related work experience are as follows: police officers, detectives, private investigators, certified public accountant (CPA), high-tech security personnel, computer technicians, and even recent military training. Keep in mind that the key to a successful and satisfying career (in any field) has very little to do with your salary; strive to find something you enjoy doing or have a strong passion for, and then do what you can to take advantage of the advice listed below.
What You Can Do:
- Try to land an internship with the FBI's main office in Washington D.C.
- Attend any local FBI seminars that may take place on nearby college campuses
- Get a job as a police officer or working some type of security [2-4 years should be sufficient]
- Serve in the military to gain valuable leadership/tactical experience
- Work part time as a community service officer, public aide, or cadet
- Tour the FBI headquarters and become familiar with how it functions
- Learn the basics about firearms and become familiar with shooting them
- Talk with an FBI agent and learn as much as you can from him or her
- Try to volunteer and assist FBI agents (there may be times when the FBI need volunteers to roleplay)