Amanda Gurecki, a senior criminal justice and psychology major, completed the 10-week Honors Internship Program with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during the summer at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
She was assigned to the leadership training program for supervisors and executives.
“I was given the opportunity to sit in on classes on leadership, agent trainee classes on firearms, an explosives demonstration, and briefings about various units in the Bureau,” Gurecki said. “I also completed support work for my unit, such as filling out program completion certificates and framing and boxing them, building and sending out a program evaluation survey, doing a cost analysis, and participating in murder boards to evaluate presentations for a new program.”
Gurecki was also able to participate in a presentation skills course, as well as receive mentorship from a number of individuals throughout the FBI’s units.
As part of the program, FBI interns also visited the Holocaust Museum and toured the FBI Academy, the Laboratory, the Operational Technology Division, visited the FBI Experience at headquarters, and viewed a demonstration by the Critical Incident Response Group.
“I was attracted to applying to the internship because the FBI is a national security organization that has intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities,” Gurecki said. “I view the Bureau as having employees who are the best of the best, and I hoped to have the opportunity to work with them some day. I also felt that the mission of the Bureau, to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States, aligned with what I wanted to do with my life since I was a very small child.”
Gurecki is interested in a career in law enforcement, though the specific field she would like to pursue has changed because of her internship experience.
“When I started the internship, I thought that I wanted to be an FBI SWAT agent, and then over the course of the summer I learned that there are so many more career options for FBI agents than just being on a SWAT team. I also learned a great deal about myself, such as that I'm absolutely terrified of the idea of working a job where I sit at a desk and do paperwork all day every day, and that I very much prefer being physically active and having the opportunity to interact with people. I've also learned that there are many law enforcement careers at the federal level, not just the FBI.”
The experience left her with a sense of pride and renewed belief in her future career.
“All of the DC-area interns were at Headquarters for our two days of orientation, and we took the oath promising to support and defend the U.S. Constitution,” she said. “That was the moment that it all became real, where it really hit me that I made it. I passed all the background checks and interviews and applications, and I was really going to be spending the summer working for the agency that I'd applied to almost a year prior. There's really no words that could ever adequately describe the sheer happiness and pride that I felt knowing that I was chosen to participate in the Honors Internship Program.”