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NCIS Fall 2024 Honors Internship

Within the Department of the Navy (DON), the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is
the civilian Federal law enforcement agency uniquely responsible for investigating felony crime, preventing terrorism, and protecting secrets for the Navy and Marine Corps. 

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Honors internship program shapes the future generation of law enforcement professionals by offering interns hands-on, real-world experiences to gain relevant work experience, skill sets, knowledge, and professional development toward attaining educational and career goals. Students from all academic backgrounds and academic year are invited to apply. The internship is paid, compensation is GS 3, Step 1 or GS 4, Step 1. GS 3, Step 1 is completion of one full academic year post-high school study and GS 4 is completion of two full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree. 


• Cover letter annotating what NCIS field office and directorate(s) you are applying for (maximum of 3) 

• Resume (1-3 pages). Please include your anticipated graduation month and year. 

• Essay (1 page) describing background, interests, objectives, and motivation to participate in the internship program.

• Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a college faculty member).

• College transcript with cumulative GPA included. Unofficial or official transcript is accepted. 

The following documents are located at

• NCIS Background Security Questionnaire 

• Authorization for Release of Information 

• Request for Biographical Information 


Incumbent performs trainee/developmental assignments that build on academic training at the collegiate, graduate or post-graduate level and help incumbent learn the substantive work of one’s field(s) of endeavor and sharpen one’s knowledge and skills while providing productive support to NCIS. Assignments facilitate learning in the occupation(s) of endeavor, provide the incumbent with relevant work experience and help incumbent obtain further knowledge of, and skills in applying, the theories, concepts, principles, methods, techniques, work processes and work tools fundamental to the occupation(s) and NCIS functions, programs, operations, and work processes. Performs basic administrative and management support functions and participates in projects and activities related to NCIS. Works independently or as a team member performing productive assignments of limited difficulty with the objective of accomplishing advanced training while contributing to the substantive work of the functional area. Work assignments are designed to permit the knowledge acquired through education/training to be applied to particular work situations.
Assists supervisor or staff members in conducting program functions. At supervisor’s direction and with assistance from staff member(s), incumbent develops and coordinates a variety of basic/routine reports, staff actions, correspondence, program briefings and other related actions. As skills are built, incumbent may work without staff assistance and may review/prepare nonroutine, advanced or special reports. Assigned tasks are to increase incumbent’s knowledge and skills in program analysis, and provide a general familiarity with governing policies, procedures and regulations. Incumbent receives on-the-job training in carefully selected assignments to provide experience in the application of concepts, principles, practices and procedures of one’s field(s) of endeavor. Within the assigned basic project/program scope, assists in planning and organizing actions necessary to accomplish short-, mid- and long-term program goals. Assists in the initiation of
appropriate required action. Works closely with supervisor and other staff members to develop and solve problems/issues and makes basic recommendations.
Researches legal and regulatory material to obtain factual information and/or interpretation for use by the supervisor or staff members. Attends meetings and conferences to observe the proceedings. Supervisor or staff members provide continuing assignments, initially indicating what is to be done, quantity/quality expected, deadlines and priority of work. Incumbent uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments using established procedures and standard methods of operation. Supervisor or staff member assures that finished work is accurate and in compliance with the instructions.
Assists supervisor or staff member in the preparation and presentation of data for program and project matters. Prepares and maintains statistical data to provide input for reports. Independently collects, compiles, consolidates and edits report submission.
Uses modern office suite software, enterprise system software and special software to perform day-to-day business functions, run reports, research-analyze-plan and perform other program based and general administrative tasks.