Collegiate Hiring Initiative 2018

Who May Apply

Title: Collegiate Hiring Initiative – Recent Graduates


Regular/Temporary: Regular

Who May Apply

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

This posting will be open from August 25, 2017 to October 15, 2017.

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

Job Summary


Enabling squads of Special Agents to focus on catching the bad guy. Visualizing data patterns to uncover complex operations. Gathering digital analyses to thwart cyber attacks. As an FBI Collegiate Hire, you'll graduate into a career with immediate impact, high stakes, and a chance to work with inspiring, diverse teams across the United States.

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 December 2015 and September 2018 for full-time career opportunities. If you are not graduating within this timeframe or are not seeking a full-time opportunity, please apply to our Honors Internship Program posting.

Note: Veterans who have graduated or will graduate between December 2011 and September 2018 and meet all other requirements are eligible to apply to this posting.

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'll play a key part in protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution of the United States – and you'll have the chance to explore where your FBI career can take you.

Before clicking Start and beginning work on your application, please ensure that you have an understanding of the locations and duties that come with each career path. Some positions, including those located in Anchorage, AK, Honolulu, HI, and San Juan, PR, are eligible for relocation incentives.


Operational Support Technician: You're driven, flexible, and able take on anything that comes your way. As an Operational Support Technician, you'll do whatever is needed to help your squad get it done – from coordinating surveillance activities and working in a command center, to collaborating with coworkers across the office to get the resources your team needs. 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'll get deep exposure to the inner workings of an FBI squad, and form deep connections along the way.

  • Education Requirements: To qualify as an Operational Support Technician, you must have an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral degree in any area.

Computer Scientist: Have you dreamed about developing tools and platforms that save lives? As a Computer Scientist, you'll work directly with Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts to develop and implement tools, techniques and procedures to address unique investigative situations. 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'll 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.

  • Educational Requirements: To qualify, you must have or be seeking a B.S. or M.S. in:
  • Computer Science, or
  • A degree that includes 30 semester hours of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Fifteen (15) of those semester hours must include a class that uses differential or integral calculus.

Data Analyst: As a native in the world of big data, you're trained to see trends and solve problems. Data Analysts work directly with investigative teams to uncover patterns and guide next steps. Your work might include managing and conditioning data for long-term use and retention, normalizing data sets, and identifying patterns for use in investigative planning. You'll use quantitative and qualitative techniques and tools to help investigative teams get the results they need to move forward.

  • Educational Requirements: Candidates must have an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral degree in or related to:
  • Information Science, Information, or Informatics
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Business Analytics

Electronics Technician: You may not know it, but Electronics Technicians are central to the FBI's ability to respond to crisis. Electronics Technicians perform critical work on communication systems - enabling a Special Agent to save a child's life, or averting a terrorist attack. 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.

  • Educational Requirements: To qualify, you must have or be seeking an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral degree, or have equivalent experience or certificate(s), in:
  • Basic Electronics
  • Electronic Technology
  • Electronic Engineering

Forensic Accountant: One of the most vital and sought-after careers in the FBI, Forensic Accountants solve complex investigative challenges by using their expansive knowledge of financial processes to plan, coordinate and direct the financial aspects of investigations in conjunction with Special Agents, prosecuting attorneys and partners. As a Forensic Accountant, you can expect to unravel complex financial fraud schemes and assist in the prosecution of those committing financial crimes.

  • Educational Requirements: To qualify, you must have an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral degree with at least 24 semester hours of accounting. Additionally, it is preferred to have at least one of the following certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

IT Specialist – From examining evidence to developing new systems, IT Specialists play a critical role in keeping the FBI running smoothly. IT Specialists fall into two career paths:

IT Specialist (General): As an IT Specialist, you'll help FBI employees solve critical issues and enable them to get the job done. You'll be a critical resource on technology and information, and will configure, analyze, adapt, and develop new processes and systems to ensure the FBI's technical capabilities continue to improve. You'll have opportunities nationwide, but consider applying to our Washington, DC headquarters location if you have the following expertise and interests:

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

IT Specialist – Forensic Examiner (ITS-FE): As an ITS-FE, you'll be 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'll be part of your field office's Computer Analysis Response Team, an elite group of technical experts, and have the opportunity to work not only on FBI investigations, but those of our partners as well.

  • Education Requirements: To qualify as an IT Specialist or an ITS-FE, you must have an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral degree in one of the following areas:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Information Science, Information Systems, or Information Systems Management
  • Mathematics
  • Operations Research
  • Statistics
  • Technology Management


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 as many locations as desired.You can find more information about available locations on our Locations page.

Operational Support Technician (OST) positions are located in field offices throughout the United States. Computer Scientist, Data Analyst, Electronics Technician, Forensic Accountant and IT Specialist positions are primarily located in major cities (New York, Boston, San Francisco, etc.), and especially at the FBI's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Candidates may be contacted if their skills are a fit for locations similar to or near ones they've selected.

Automatic Disqualifiers

To apply, you must meet all Eligibility requirements located on our Employment Eligibility page. You will be automatically disqualified, and should not submit an application, if you 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.)

Key Requirements

  1. You must have graduated or will be graduating between December 2015 and September 2018. (Veterans: December 2011 and September 2018)

  2. You must have a graduating GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If your school does not provide a GPA, you must meet one of the following alternate criteria:
  • SAT: 1500 out of 2400, or 1000 out of 1600 (most recent SATs)
  • ACT: 21 or higher
  1. Must be able to obtain a Top-Secret security clearance.

Selectees must undergo and successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation as a condition of employment. Prior to the initiation of a background investigation, you'll 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.

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

Required Documents

You must attach the following documents to your application:

  • Most recent college transcript(s)
  • SAT or ACT score reports (for students whose schools do not provide a GPA)
  • Veterans: DD-214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later.

How To Apply

The following instructions outline our application process.

A. Establish an account on by using the Register Now link or login using your existing account.

B. Utilize the Search Jobs field to search for the job posting by entering the job title or keywords such as "Collegiate Initiative".

C. Carefully review the entire job posting to ensure you fully understand the requirements of the position. Once you have read the posting, select the Apply button at the top of the page to start the application process.

D. Read the terms and conditions then select the checkbox to continue the application.

Note: Once you have completed a page select the Next button to move onto the next step in the application.

E. Answer all questions in the prequalify section.

Note: Select the hamburger menu (≡) at the top of the page to display the Save as Draft and Contact Us options.

F. Select the Attach Resume button to upload your resume. You also have the option to Attach Cover Letter but it is not required for this application.

  • Select My Device and follow your computer prompts to upload your file(s).

G. Answer all questions within the Online Questionnaire section.

H. Enter your education information within the Education and Work Experience section.

  • Select an option from the Highest Education Level dropdown menu. This will be the education you will obtaining upon your graduation.
  • Select the Add Education button and provide additional information about your education
  • Select the Done button to save your education details

I. Attach the required documents to your application as identified in the job posting.

J. Select the Add Attachment button then enter the Attachment Type and Attachment Title.

K. Select the My Device icon and follow your computer prompts to upload your attachment(s).

  • Complete the Additional Information section. This section is comprised of Federal Preferences, Personal Information, and How Did You Learn About Us?.

L. You can complete the Diversity section or check the "I decline to answer" box. This information will be used for statistical purposes only.

M. Review your application. You can select a section title to review your responses. To edit a response select Modify.

N. 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 Daylight Time (EDT) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

Additional Information

You must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, drug test, and polygraph. If you fail to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement, you may disqualified 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. The FBI will verify your veterans' preference entitlement.


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 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 [email protected] , 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 proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided 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.

If you need to request a reasonable accommodation for this application, please contact [email protected]

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