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FLETC College Intern Program

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) College Intern program (CIP) provides a unique opportunity for college students majoring in Criminal Justice, Criminology, and business, technology and other social science related fields of study from across the country, to participate in a Federal Law Enforcement training environment.  Each year, two intern sessions lasting up to twelve (12) weeks each session, are conducted at the FLETC.  Housing on the FLETC sites in Glynco, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Artesia New Mexico is also provided for interns selected to participate in those locations.   

The internship sessions expose selected interns to the world-class training that is offered at the FLETC, as well as the functions and roles that may of the administrative business lines provided in supporting the FLETC training mission.  Internship experiences, whether in a Law Enforcement training related fields, or administrative support business lines serve to broaden the intern’s foundation for future careers in federal law enforcement or federal public service.   

The FLETC CIP is highly selective and competitive.  After being selected to participate, all interns are assigned to a mentor who serves as their educational guide for the duration of the internship.  Those selected for the Law Enforcement internships should expect to spend approximately fifty-percent of their time completing worthwhile work to advance the mission of FLETC, and the remaining fifty-percent, attending basic and advanced training courses – depending on the duty locations assigned.  Those selected for business-related internships will be assigned challenging administrative projects that provide experience and insights in how FLETC business lines support the law enforcement training mission.  All interns may participate in those training events that serve to provide greater awareness of the FLETC mission and operations. The CIP stresses flexibility and creativity by encouraging interns to experience everything FLETC has to offer to further their education and career goals, while making professional contacts.

Internship Sessions

Internship Period

Application Dates*

Internship Dates

Winter/Spring 2015

  September 15, 2014 – October 3, 2014    

   January 5, 2015 – March 27, 2015

 Summer 2015

   January 20, 2015- February 6, 2015     

    May 18, 2015 – August 7, 2015

* Applicants may only submit completed applications within the Application date range specified for the internship which they are applying. Applications will not be expected prior to or after the application dates for each session.

Application Process

Who is Eligible to Apply

To apply to become a FLETC College Intern, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be enrolled in either a baccalaureate or a graduate program both at the time of application and at the time that the internship will be served;
  2. Applicant majoring in one of the following degree programs: Criminal Justice, Criminology, Psychology, Forensic Science, Juris Doctorate (or related degrees), Accounting and Information Technology, Behavioral and Science/ Sociology/ Psychology (or related fields of study), Business or Mathematics (or related fields of study), Information Technology, Public Affairs, Engineering, General Administration.
  3. Applicants must be a college senior (senior status is denoted by completion of at least 135 quarter hours or 90 semester hours of a baccalaureate program) or be a graduate student, but not yet be granted a degree by the date the intern session will end;
  4. Have a strong personal desire to work in Federal Law Enforcement or the Public Sector following attainment of degree; and
  5. Be a lawful citizen of the United States of America.
  6. Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

How to Apply

The first step in becoming a FLETC College Intern is to thoroughly, professionally, and competently complete all application materials and submit all required information during the specified application period for the internship session desired. The FLETC CIP application process will consists of:

  1. Submission of a current Resume.
  2. Completed OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment (PDF);
  3. A narrative essay (no more than two pages) that sets forth at a minimum, the following: Why you are interested in the FLETC College Intern Program, your career motivations and goals; the source or inspiration for your career motivation and goals; the skills that you would bring to FLETC if you were selected as an intern; and the type of internship assignment (i.e., Law Enforcement or Non-Law Enforcement) you would like to be assigned to during your Internship Session.
  4. A nomination letter on official letterhead of the educational institution from an official, who should be a faculty member, faculty advisor, intern coordinator, or departmental chairman with personal knowledge of the student, setting forth reasons for nominating this particular student for an internship at the FLETC based upon scholastic ability, demonstrated leadership, honors, awards, or recognitions. 
  5. Unofficial college transcript(s) – from all colleges attended, pursuing baccalaureate and graduate degrees.  Note: Official transcripts will be requested and must be submitted when a tentative internship offer is made.  

Applicants apply through . To begin your online application, click the “Apply Online” button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS; take the online questionnaire; and submit the required documents.  Refer to the “Required Documents” section of the FLETC CIP on-line application for more details. You may also contact the Human Capital Help Desk at OR by calling (912) 267-2289 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.

Selection Criteria

Admittance into the FLETC College Intern Program is very competitive.  Candidates will be assessment based on the required resume submission; the content and quality of a narrative essay expressing their interest and potential benefits of the internship in supporting their academic experience, and career goals; an internship nomination letter from an academic official; the applicant’s major and overall course study; leadership experiences and community involvement related to their field of study; and communication skills, as represented in narrative essay and through a telephonic interview (if an interview is offered).  Selections usually occur within one month after the closing date of the application period.

Source for Additional Information

Additional Intern Program information may be received by emailing the Intern Program Coordinator at or  calling 912-267-3219.