The FBI is carrying out a new mission: diversify its force. Specifically, they’re looking to recruit more women and minorities.
According to the FBI’s own director, the number of women and minority applicants is actually going down. It’s part of the reason that he FBI was at Texas A&M-San Antonio on Thursday getting as many people as possible to apply.
Celeste Rushford, a criminology major, was at the front of the line to ask questions during the recruiting session. She hopes that she’s part of that next generation the FBI is looking for.
“I always wanted to be in law enforcement,” she said.
Among the recruiters was FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee.
“I draw from personal experience. I didn’t grow up wanting to be an FBI agent,” Lee said. “In order to be successful, we have to reflect the communities we serve.”
“Especially with the language,” said Michael Morales with the FBI. “In San Antonio, we encounter a lot of people who speak Spanish. English isn’t their first language.”
The recent push to change the makeup of the FBI is working on people at the event held at the A&M-San Antonio campus who want to be a part of the challenge within the agency trying to keep up with its global outreach.
“They are dealing with terrorism in North Korea. I am part Korean. It gives a sense of culture and language,” said Celeste Rushford, a student in attendance.
If you want to be a special agent, you have to be in your mid-20s to 37 years old. But there are also other positions available that don’t have an age limit.