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FLETC College Intern Program

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) College Intern program (CIP) provides opportunities for college students majoring in criminal justice, criminology, business, information technology, and social science-related fields of study to participate in a federal law enforcement training environment.

The CIP is offered in two sessions consisting of twelve (12) weeks. Applicants elect at the time of application whether to serve a Law Enforcement or Non-Law Enforcement internship. Law Enforcement interns will be expected to spend approximately fifty-percent of their time completing worthwhile work to advance the FLETC’s mission. Non-Law Enforcement interns will spend half of their time completing challenging administrative projects that provide experience and insights in how FLETC business lines support the law enforcement training mission.  Both types of interns will spend the remaining fifty-percent of their auditing basic and advanced training courses.

All interns will be assigned a mentor who will help facilitate any networking germane to the intern’s field of interest.
 

Compensation, Lodging, and Board

Participants in the CIP are student volunteers and are not considered Federal employees other than for on-the-job injuries and tort claims. Student volunteers are not entitled to remuneration or benefits; however, course credit may be received upon the successful completion of their session. The assignment of course credit is at the discretion of the intern’s educational institution.

Interns selected to attend at the Glynco, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; or Artesia, New Mexico, locations are provided complementary housing at the on-center dormitories and free meals in the on-center dining facilities. Interns selected to attend the Washington, D.C., location will be responsible for their own housing and meals. All incurred travel expenses are the sole responsibility of the intern.
 

Internship Sessions

Session

Application Dates*

Internship Dates

Winter 2017

Oct 1, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016

 Jan 8, 2017 - March 31, 2017

 

Summer 2017

February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017

May 14, 2017 - August 4. 2017

* Applications will not be accepted prior to or after the application dates for each session.

 

Application Process

Eligibility

Specific Requirements:  Undergraduate Students

1. Must have earned at least 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) at the time of application.

2. Possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Specific Requirements:  Graduate and Post-Graduate Students

1. Possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

General Requirements

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, applicants must:

  • Have U.S. citizenship;
  • Remain enrolled with their academic institution during their internship period; and
  • Have a declared major in at least one of the following:  criminal justice, criminology, sociology, psychology, forensic science, law, accounting, information technology, business, mathematics, public affairs, or engineering.

 

How to Apply

Applications to the CIP will only be accepted during the application dates listed above.  Once the open period for the respective session arrives, a vacancy announcement will be posted on the Office of Personnel Management’s website, www.usajobs.gov.  Applicants will need to create a USAJOBS® account in order to submit their application.  An online tutorial on how to create an account may be viewed here.

Applicants will need to submit all of the following documents via USAJOBS® in order to be considered:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A narrative essay no more than two single- or double-spaced pages in length 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 of inspiration for your career motivation and goals;
    • The skills that you would bring to the FLETC if you were selected as an intern; and
    • The type of internship (i.e., Law Enforcement or Non-Law Enforcement) you would like to serve during your Internship Session.
  3. A nomination letter from a school official (e.g., a faculty member or advisor, intern coordinator, or departmental chairman) with personal knowledge of the applicant.  The nomination letter should contain the reasons for nominating the student for an internship at the FLETC (e.g., the student’s scholastic abilities, demonstrated leadership potential, honors, awards, recognitions, etc.).  The letter must be on official letterhead in order to be considered valid.
  4. Official college transcript(s) from the academic institution for which you are currently enrolled. Transcripts that are issued directly to the student are still considered "offical" for purposes of this program. Transcripts must be submitted throught USAJOBS in order to be considered.

All aaplication documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of the vacancy announcement in order to be considered.  Applicants may contact the Human Capital Help desk at Fletc-Jobinfo@fletc.dhs.gov or by calling (912) 280-5111 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET (excluding Federal holidays) should they encounter issues during the application process.  Failure to provide one or more of the documents listed above will result in lost consideration for the program.

Selection Criteria

Acceptance into the CIP is highly competitive.  Applicants are assessed on the totality of their application.  For example:

  1. The content of their resume.
    • Does the resume demonstrate any experience in leadership?
    • Is the applicant involved in any community outreach or volunteer activities?  If so, to what extent?
    • Does the applicant’s resume show any paid or unpaid work experience?
  2. The quality of the narrative essay.
    • Is the essay clear in articulating the applicant’s career goals and interests?
    • How many grammatical errors are present?
    • Does the essay demonstrate sufficient forethought and intent?
  3. The depth of the nomination letter.
    • Does the letter show a high level of personal knowledge of the student?
    • Is the student doing well academically? If not, are there mitigating circumstances such as personal hardship?
    • Would the student be an asset to the FLETC in accomplishing its mission? If so, how?
  4. How well the applicant’s major and overall course of study aligns with the FLETC’s mission.

Selections for the program are usually made within thirty (30) days after the closing date of the vacancy announcement; however, this may fluctuate depending on the volume of applications that are received.

Source for Additional Information

Additional information on the CIP can be received by emailing the Student Volunteer Program Coordinator at FLETC-Jobinfo@dhs.gov or by calling 912-280-5111.