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Federal Bureau of Investigation Honors Internship Program
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Candice Crutchfield

Major: Criminology, Communication Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I initially heard about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Honors Internship Program after attending a career fair in the Bryce Jordan Center during my freshman year. Although I did not qualify for the internship position at the time, I engaged in conversation with the recruiter and was encouraged to research the program and requirements online. After obtaining additional work experience, enrolling in courses I knew would help set me apart from other applicants, and maintaining positivity, I decided to apply for the internship during my sophomore year. I discovered the application online, and after completion, I made sure to keep in touch with the initial recruiter and religiously checked the application’s status. I was offered a conditional offer before the summer of my sophomore year and have since been an intern in the Honors Internship Program.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Returning to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Honors Internship Program for a second summer, I was overjoyed to commute to the nation’s capital each week. With the assistance and motivation received from the College of the Liberal Arts, I was afforded the opportunity to intern within the Criminal Investigative Division’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, offering assistance in the investigation of civil rights violations, fraud, prison corruption, and international relations. Throughout the summer, I traveled to the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA and the Washington Field Office and met with agents, intelligence analysts, and support staff that help to continue the mission of the FBI. Although there was no “typical” day as an FBI Intern, I spent a large portion of my time researching, analyzing data, creating resource guides, and redesigning web products for my assigned unit. One of my most memorable experiences of the summer included planning the FBI’s annual National Public Corruption Conference. I, along with my supervisor, traveled to Dallas, TX, to network, review case presentations, and discuss best practices with Federal Agents and Intelligence Analysts from around the nation. Throughout the summer, I was able to work alongside the best of the best, engage in valuable conversations, and was provided with the knowledge and additional skills needed to pursue a career of service within the federal government.

I was able to work alongside the best of the best, engage in valuable conversations, and was provided with the knowledge and additional skills needed to pursue a career of service within the federal government.

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a student double majoring in Criminology and Communication Arts and Sciences, I looked forward to using my classroom experiences in the real world. Having taken a variety of courses focused on the U.S. Correctional System, federal courts, and legal rhetoric, I was more than prepared to delve into the various files, documents, and research needs of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section. In fact, on my first day back in the Headquarters office, I was asked to take my past research on prison systems and brief fellow interns on the rising social concern. Currently writing my honors thesis on the intersectional topics of legal representation, race, and the criminal justice system, I utilized my time in Washington, D.C. to engage in the difficult, yet necessary conversations with those who see such cases on a federal scale. I was provided with direct access to established researchers, agents, and civilian personnel who assisted in my research and discussed a variety of ideas. Returning to campus, I feel motivated to continue working toward my degrees and am reassured that I pursued majors that will enable me to make an impact in a variety of ways.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

With a lifelong interest in dedicating my future to public service, I have been passionate about the mission of the Federal Bureau of Investigation since I was 12 years old. Aside from being able to pursue my long-term career goals as a college student, this unique opportunity opened the door to a possible full-time position. Working in the Criminal Investigative Division, specifically under the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, I was able to translate my passions into action on a national scale. Briefing leaders within the Department of Justice, sitting in meetings with our nation’s top professionals, and assisting in day to day operations, I was exposed to a variety of positions such as Special Assistants, Program Analysts, and more. In addition to the exposure to diverse professionals in a variety of fields, I left Washington, D.C. with solidified goals of pursuing a legal education and working on the federal scale.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I encourage all students interested in being a part of something bigger than themselves to actively pursue an internship or career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The beautiful thing about the federal government, specifically the FBI, is the ability to find something that aligns with your passions. From opportunities within the Public Relations and Congressional Affairs unit to working with the Critical Evidence Response team, there is something for everyone at the FBI. Speaking from interactions with students, faculty, and staff, the College of the Liberal Arts is full of motivated people who wish to impact the lives of others, become changemakers, and advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. The FBI is a perfect place to pursue everything previously mentioned. Every experience is what you make of it — my time in Washington, D.C. was definitely the most rewarding summer of my life.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The courses taken on campus as well as participation in the Paterno Fellows Program and Presidential Leadership Academy have allowed me to gain insight and the necessary skills to think critically, work outside of my comfort zone, network, and effectively enact positive change, all of which I was able to accomplish during my summer in Washington, D.C.

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