The FBI Columbia field office has announced applications for the annual Teen Academy are now available online.

This year’s course will be held July 20-21 from 9 am to 4 pm at the FBI Columbia headquarters, located at 151 Westpark Boulevard in Columbia.

The Teen Academy program allows students ages 15-18 to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Students will receive presentations on topics including terrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and other day-to-day FBI field office operations.

Those interested in participating in the FBI Columbia Youth Academy must have parental approval before applying and must meet the eligibility requirements as follows:

• Must be a United States citizen
• Must reside in South Carolina
• Must be between the ages of 15 and 18
• Must be enrolled in an accredited high school or home-school environment, recognized by your school district
• Must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements must complete an application, which can be found by visiting https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/columbia/community-outreach.

Students will also be required to type a 500-word essay on why they would like to attend the Teen Academy, and how they would apply what they will learn to their futures. Applications and essays are due by 5 pm April 22. Applications submitted after that date will not be accepted.

Completed applications and essays may be emailed to [email protected] They may also be mailed to:

FBI Columbia
C/O Community Outreach
151 Westpark Blvd.
Columbia, SC. 29210

Questions about the Teen Academy should be directed to the Community Outreach Specialist at [email protected] Selected applicants will be notified by email May 10.

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