FBI Columbia Accepting Teen Academy Applications


The FBI Columbia Field Office is accepting applications for the annual Teen Academy this summer.

This year’s academy will be held June 26-27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FBI Columbia headquarters, located at 222 Caughman Farm Ln., Lexington, SC, 29072.

The Teen Academy program allows rising junior and senior high school students to experience a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Students will receive presentations on topics including terrorism, cyber crime, public corruption, violent crime, evidence response, SWAT, and other day-to-day FBI field office operations.

Those interested in participating in the FBI Columbia Teen 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 a rising high school junior or senior

• 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/file-repository/columbia-teen-academy-2024-1.pdf/view. 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 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Applications submitted after that date will not be accepted.

Completed applications and essays may be emailed to Columbia_Outreach@FBI.gov. They may also be mailed to:

FBI Columbia

C/O Community Outreach

222 Caughman Farm Ln.

Lexington, SC. 29072

Questions about the Teen Academy should be directed to the Community Outreach team at Columbia_Outreach@fbi.gov. Selected applicants will be notified by email on April 5.