The officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has visited 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to encourage students to consider an FBI internship and learn more about the application process.
According to FBI, the road https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/fbi-recruiting-road-trip-brings-promising-returns-110222 was part of the Beacon Project, which was created to strengthen ties between the Bureau and HBCUs.
The program also aimed at bringing more candidates from diverse backgrounds into the FBI.
“We know that diverse communities oftentimes may not consider the FBI as a place to work,” said FBI Chief Diversity Officer Scott McMillion.
“When I think about our commitment to the Beacon Project, it’s really to ensure that we highlight and provide information about FBI career opportunities in the hope that students would consider us as an employer of choice.”
The 11-campus tour stopped at Virginia State University, Norfolk State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Albany State University, Alabama State University, Talladega College, Miles College, Morgan State University, Howard University, and Jackson State University.
In addition to the campus tour, the FBI offered online information sessions. The more robust outreach resulted in a nearly 300% increase in applications from HBCUs to the Honors Internship Program, when compared with the year before.
Every year, the FBI receives thousands of internship applications. Although not every candidate can be selected, the FBI Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased with the uptick in interest and hopes the increase starts a continuing trend.
“We are trying to be intentional about bringing people with diverse backgrounds into the Bureau,” McMillion said. “These students will bring new ideas, innovation, creativity, and passion that will help us be a better organization now and into the future.”
“These students will bring new ideas, innovation, creativity, and passion that will help us be a better organization now and into the future,” FBI Chief Diversity Officer Scott McMillion said.