FBI searching for more tech-focused applicants

RBI recruits younger talent, new perspectives

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun recruiting a younger workforce with new perspective for the digital age.

"Our mission is to protect America and its people and to uphold the Constitution of the United States," said Diane Upchurch, special agent in charge at the FBI's Little Rock field office.  "We look for people willing to take up that challenge with us."

She said their recruiters are focusing their efforts on students and recent graduates.

"Our recruiter is going to a lot of the college job fairs and career days.  We are looking across the board to recruit these young people," the Upchurch explained.

The FBI is finding the most qualified applicants to write code, collect intelligence, and track down terrorists through unique means.  They active on social media, where applicants share podcasts, Buzzfeed quizzes, and recruitment videos aimed at prospective talent.

"We are looking for people who are accountants, police officers, military veterans, engineers, computer scientists, lab technicians.  You name it, we are looking for the," Upchurch said.

From the comfort of their dorm rooms, undergrad and grad students can also apply for the FBI's 10-week Honor's Internship Program.

For students interested in joining the FBI, Upchurch said the internship is the best place to start.

"They're doing a lot of things; they're working with the agents, analysts, professional support staff.  So, they're learning the ins and outs of the FBI, like how we do our administrative stuff, how we do our operational stuff.

"They're working on cases with our agents and analysts, and other staff out there.  So, they get the full gambit of what the FBI does," explained Upchurch.

Applicants can choose to spend their summer at the FBI headquarters in DC, or even here in Little Rock.

The internship will begin next summer, and the cut off-date is October 14.

For more information visit the FBI's job website.


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