Hello. This is my first post in this forum, so if I am not meeting posting requirements or violating any rules, please let me know.
First, some background: I am a student pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. I will graduate with my associate's degree in criminal justice at the end of this semester and transfer to a 4-year institution the following semester. My ultimate goal is to secure employment in an agency at the federal level, preferably the FBI. I have no illusions as to how difficult this goal is - I have done an extensive amount of research on the Bureau, including the entry requirements for prospective employees.
As I said, I've done quite a bit of research on the FBI. According to Joseph W. Koletar's very informative book, "The FBI Career Guide," less than 2% of the more than 150,000 applicants in 2002-2004 were hired to special agent positions. These numbers aren't very encouraging, but they are nonetheless revealing. To me, these numbers say that you have to have something that the competition doesn't in order to even have the most minute chance of succeeding, and even then there is no guarantee.
Now, on to the actual question: What can I do to maximize my chances? I'm hoping there is someone here with some experience in the FBI or perhaps someone with at least a superficial inside view of how things work there.
I am at a pivotal point in my education; if I am going to change my major to, say, accounting, I would be best served to do it now. Some say that a degree in criminal justice is too specialized or too saturated, and not in demand. Here is my current plan: I will major in criminal justice with a minor in foreign language or accounting; I will learn a second language, most likely Japanese or Arabic, and I will continue to keep my grades high (I'm holding a 3.8 cumulative GPA right now). I also intend to apply for the internship offered by the FBI during my upcoming junior year. But will this be enough? What more can I do? I need to be in the top 1% of all applicants to even have a chance, so what can help me break that threshold?
If anyone has any input, suggestions, or ideas, I would be very grateful.