Baylor Student Receives Placement in FBI Honors Internship Program

May 1, 2007
News Photo 4080Christine Tamer, a journalism major from Colleyville, will intern with the FBI Honors Internship Program for 10 weeks this summer.

by Paige Patton, coordinator of news and information, (254) 710-3321

Christine Tamer, a junior journalism major from Colleyville, has received a place in the highly competitive Federal Bureau of Investigation honors internship program. Tamer is one of only 56 students selected from a nationwide pool of thousands of applicants.

"Between seeing FBI agents in movies and reading about the FBI in news headlines, I became intrigued with the idea of working for the organization at a young age," Tamer said. "The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorists and foreign threats. I can't think of a more important, exciting and life-changing job. I applied for this internship because one day I hope to work for the FBI and serve my country."

Tamer will work for 10 weeks in the Records Management Division of the FBI in Winchester, Va., alongside special agents and other FBI staff, but specific details of her responsibilities are kept confidential.

The application process for the program was extremely thorough, Tamer said, and included a rigorous background investigation, including a polygraph examination, a test for illegal drugs, credit and records checks and extensive interviews with former and current colleagues, neighbors, friends and professors.

"It was incredibly intense," Tamer said. "I had to write an essay, get recommendations, fill out a background survey and meet with an agent at the Waco field office, and I traveled to Austin for an interview in October. When I was notified that I was a finalist, I took drug and polygraph tests and had to have an in-depth background investigation. An FBI agent talked to everyone I know--teachers, neighbors, past roommates, friends, high school teachers, employers, everyone."

The FBI honors internship program selects "only individuals possessing strong academic credentials, outstanding character, a high degree of motivation, and the willingness to represent the FBI upon returning to their respective campuses," according to the program web site.

"I feel that this summer will be incredibly rewarding and I can't wait to get started," Tamer said.

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