U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
Minority College Relations Program Student Forum
April 20, 2012 – Register Now!
The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA), Equal Employment Opportunity Staff, Minority College Relations Program is hosting a Student Forum on Friday, April 20, 2012, at the DEA Headquarters, located in Arlington, Virginia.
The event will target students from minority colleges and universities as well as institutions for individuals with disabilities. This forum will provide students the opportunity to gain first-hand information from a panelist of DEA employees and guest speakers.
DEA -- where every job is challenging and every mission is valued. As the world’s leading drug enforcement agency, DEA offers rewarding career opportunities in a variety of disciplines. These career opportunities include:
A select group of men and women serve DEA as Special Agents. They come from a variety of backgrounds and play a vital and exclusive role in combating the critical problems of drug trafficking by taking on exciting and significant challenges. Their activities include conducting complex criminal investigations, working undercover, carrying out financial investigations, collecting vital intelligence and preparing evidence, arresting violators and confiscating illegal drugs, testifying in court and more. They meet these responsibilities by applying a vast range of individual talents and specialized training, knowledge and skills. This is a mission like no other. Make it yours.
Intelligence Research Specialist*
Intelligence Research Specialists work closely with Special Agents to conduct significant drug investigations and counter-drug operations within the U.S. and abroad. Intelligence Research Specialists conduct and manage complex research into drug cultivation and production, methods of transportation, trafficking routes, and the structure and analysis of trafficking organizations. These positions are located in most major U.S. cities, other domestic areas and foreign countries that need DEA's support in combating drug trafficking, violent crime and terrorism. Come and use your intelligence skills at DEA to contribute to our nation's war on drugs and terrorism.
Diversion Investigators are responsible for conducting investigations on one of the fastest growing drug problems. Since the rise of rogue internet pharmacies, the investigative nature of this work makes it one of today's most interesting and challenging careers available. You will have opportunities to use your investigative skills and experiences to take appropriate administrative, civil and/or criminal actions against suspected sources and combat an epidemic of significant national importance.
Forensic Chemists combat scientifically sophisticated illicit drug manufacturers. Unusual compounds are constantly produced and sold in the illicit drug market, and Chemist use their analytical skills and abilities to aid enforcement of federal regulations in reducing the availability of such drugs for abuse. Forensic Chemists analyze evidence for the presence of controlled substances using state-of-the-art instrumentation, provide expert testimony in courts of law, support Special Agents in their investigations, conduct research involving new methods of drug analysis, develop intelligence data used to determine trends in local and international drug trafficking, and provide training to Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. When it comes to changing the future of illicit drug markets, you will be an integral part of exchanging information with international, federal, state and local academic research, and industrial organizations.
Professional and Administrative Career Opportunities
Experience Other Career Choices
If you are looking for:
- a career with meaningful work,
- a career working with the best of the best,
- a career that contributes to the well being of the American public,
and you're ready to work with an international organization having a global presence, then you've picked the right agency with DEA.
DEA's administrative and support personnel perform functions and operations that are the backbone to the mission of combating domestic and global drug trafficking. DEA offers a wide variety of administrative and clerical advancement opportunities at locations worldwide. Some of DEA's positions in the administrative and support field include:
- Accounting Clerks/Technicians
- Administrative Officers
- Administrative Support Specialists
- Environmental Protection Specialists
- Evidence Technicians
- Human Resources Specialist/Assistants
- Information Technology Specialists/Assistants
- Program Analyst/Assistants
- Records Management Specialists
- Secretary and Administrative Assistants
- Security Administrators
- Telecommunications Specialists
*Core Series Positions
Learn more about DEA Careers at:
For additional information or a special accommodation, please contact Angela Marlo Coleman, Program Manager, Minority College Relations Program at
(202) 307-8404 or (202) 560-6905 or via email Angela.M.Coleman@usdoj.gov.
DEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.