FBI Hiring Foreign Language Speakers

June 8, 2012

The New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) just posted an announcement that it will be hosting a foreign language career day on Saturday, June 16, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: 

FBI New Haven Field Office
600 State Street 
New Haven, CT, 06511. 

Check in at the white security booth on Grove Street upon arrival. For additional information contact Lynn.Bombard@ic.fbi.gov or apply online at www.fbijobs.gov/linguists

The FBI is looking for individuals fluent in Arabic, Chinese (all dialects), Dari, Farsi, Hebrew, Kazakh, Korean, Pashto, Turkish, Somali, Spanish, Urdu, and Uzbek to add to its foreign language program. Contract linguists translate documents or audio into English, serve as interpreters for investigative interviews, and provide translation during visits by foreign dignitaries  

Applicants need to have United States citizenship, as well as a high level of fluency in English along with foreign language(s) ability. Applicants are asked to bring a detailed resume and be prepared for an on-site, pre-application foreign language interview.

The Contract Linguist position pays $29.00 to $41.00 per hour. Successful applicants will work for the FBI at its New Haven Office. Full-time language analysts, as government employees, come from the ranks of the Contract Linguists.

Last night I participated on a panel at the Museum of the City of New York: "Can Wall Street Reinvent Itself?" and afterwards spoke with a number of young people who expressed their frustration with job prospects in this economy. As many of us know, far too many folks are seeking a job, any job, but none are to be found.  Inherent in addressing that problem is finding work for many first-time job applicants fresh out of high school or college who are frustrated by the absolute lack of opportunities. 

As such, I post this information about the FBI recruiting efforts in the hope that some folks seeking to earn a living might benefit.  Good luck!