By Whitney Jackson
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is now hiring CBP Officers to work for one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest agencies. CBP Officers work in a fast-paced environment at more than 300 ports of entry. In making the decision to join America’s frontline, students will be given the opportunity to serve the United States by protecting our nation’s borders by keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the United States.
“There are many benefits to becoming a CBP Officer,” Officer Jennifer Hatt said. “There’s health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, vacation, paid training, tuition assistance, a flexible work schedule and not to mention student loan repayment.” The job also does not require travel but there is an opportunity to travel both within the U.S. and also overseas for temporary assignments.
The key requirements needed to apply include: be a U.S. citizen and resident for the past three years, pass a written exam, medical exam, physical fitness test, drug test, and video-based test. Candidates will also need to pass a thorough background investigation and participate in a polygraph examination. Successful candidates will then receive 17-19 weeks of classroom and field training at the CBP Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia.
“I would recommend students apply late in their junior year or anytime during their senior year in college,” Hatt said. “Be patient as it is a long process and there are many steps included.”
Students can apply today at www.cbp.gov.