Summer at the FBI

Ever since he went to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recruitment presentation given by Agent Cal Wong, electrical engineering student Randy Yamada knew he wanted to be at one of the world's best law enforcement agencies. What attracted him to the FBI was the opportunity to use his education to help people. His chance to be a part of the FBI came in the form of the FBI's Honors Internship Program.

Randy Yamada with FBI Agent Cal Wong.

Every summer, a special group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students are selected to participate in the FBI Honors Internship Program. It offers students an insider's view of the daily operations of the FBI and an opportunity to explore some of the many career opportunities that are available.

After finding out about the internship, Randy quickly applied for it. In fact, he didn't even bother with applying for other internships, because he was very determined to get the FBI Internship. A few months later, Randy's determination turned into excitement when he found out he was selected to participate in the selective program.

With Randy's electrical engineering background, he was assigned to the Investigative Technology Division at Quantico, Virginia. He was one of two interns assigned to this unit. Randy worked specifically with the data intercept group, which focuses on scrambling and descrambling various communications, like cell phones. "The work I did was really interesting and I learned a lot," Randy said. "It was exciting to have the opportunity to use what I've learned in class and apply it to real world situations."

Randy Yamada with his fellow FBI Interns.

When Randy wasn't helping our country with his work at the FBI, he took advantage of the public transit system and visited many of the sites around Washington D.C., like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, the White House, the Vietnam War Memorial and many of the museums in the area.

After experiencing life at the FBI, Randy hopes to become a technical agent after graduation. According to Randy, technical agents go out into the field and use the technology developed by the Investigative Technology Division.

Until then, Randy is content to have spent his summer at the FBI. He received a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the FBI, something few people ever experience. "It was a really good internship because I was able to learn a lot and experience what it's like to work on the mainland. I would definitely recommend others to apply for it if you're interested in helping our country," Randy said.


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