For two and a half months this past summer, senior economics major Joseph Baker interned with the FBI in Washington, D.C., and yes, it is OK to talk about it.
Having interest in government work, Baker found this internship opportunity through his own research. He submitted the application in September of last year along with approximately 3,000 others nationwide.
Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices in the United States chose two interns for an interview in Washington, D.C. Baker was one of 40 to be interviewed first at the Philadelphia field office, and from there he was sent to D.C. He was informed in January of the following year that he was selected, and after a full background check—which included a lie detector and blood test—Baker was a confirmed intern for the FBI.
On his first day in June, Baker started working on reports, cost analyses and research. “Nothing too sexy,” Baker said, who dressed in a suit for eight hours a day, five days a week. Instead, his daily work proved to be very practical, tying in well with his economics major.
Economics talk aside, the FBI SWAT team also taught Baker how to shoot standard-issue FBI weapons.
Another highlight included a trip to the FBI Academy where he witnessed the extreme training aspiring FBI agents must endure.
Baker’s interest in the FBI also arose from having two uncles who are currently FBI agents. Through them, Baker saw the rewarding and enjoyable aspects of an intense career as an agent. The job requires a lot of mobility, but because he is young, Baker has no problem with such requirements.
After evaluating a successful internship and positive family involvement in this field, Baker decided to change his post-graduate plans. Instead of continuing his education in law school, he wants to return to D.C. to obtain a master’s degree in economics.
The FBI pays for continuing studies, and also expects prospective agents to have at least three years of experience doing analytical work before entering the academy. Baker plans on working towards the goal of becoming an agent.
And lucky for Baker, he has a good shot. The FBI’s goal is to hire every intern.