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Homeland Security Investigations Chicago Student Volunteer Program

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s mission is to investigate, disrupt and dismantle terrorist, transnational and other criminal organizations that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States.

HSI has broad legal authority to conduct federal criminal investigations into the illegal cross-border movement of people, goods, money, technology and other contraband throughout the United States. HSI utilizes these authorities to investigate a wide array of transnational crime, including: terrorism; national security threats; narcotics smuggling; transnational gang activity; child exploitation; human smuggling and trafficking; illegal exports of controlled technology and weapons; money laundering; financial fraud and scams; worksite and employment crimes; cybercrime; intellectual property theft and trade fraud; identity and benefit fraud; and human rights violations and war crimes.

In collaboration with its strategic partners in the U.S. and abroad, HSI special agents gather evidence to identify and build criminal cases against Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs), terrorist networks and facilitators, and other criminal elements that threaten the United States. HSI works with prosecutors to indict and arrest violators, execute criminal search warrants, seize criminally derived money and assets, and take other actions designed to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations operating around the world. These efforts protect U.S. national, border, and economic security, and ensure the safety of the public and our communities.

HSI is currently seeking Student Volunteer Interns.

HSI’s Student Volunteer Program (SVP) provides unpaid training opportunities related to your academic program. Additionally, our program allows you to explore career options as well as develop your personal and professional skills.

As a student volunteer, you will be exposed to the HSI work environment and will learn about the mission and responsibilities of various components and programs. Students are involved in professional projects and work activities related to their academic studies. These activities vary from administrative assistance, to project planning, to assisting with special projects.

To apply, please submit an application packet with ALL of the following completed documents to
  • Resume
  • OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment
  • Statement of Agreement
  • Transcripts with Current GPA
  • Enrollment Verification
  • Writing Sample
  • Document Checklist

Please contact the HSI Chicago Recruiters for application materials at: