In “Worst Nightmare,” the second episode of Season 8, the team is saddled with interns for a nice comedic subplot to the murder investigation. For you super fans who thought it would be awesome to intern for the real NCIS, I have good news for you – – you can. Unfortunately, I am not talking about the television show “NCIS” but I did stumble upon the website for the real Naval Criminal Investigative Services and they do have an internship program. I was amazed that my friends did not realize that “NCIS” was based upon a real agency – – predominantly a civilian agency with civilian leadership that reports directly to the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV). They were amazed that I had researched the real Naval Criminal Investigative Service to learn more about the agency. The mission of NCIS is “is to investigate and defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps, wherever they operate, ashore or afloat.” The real NCIS sounds even more exciting than the television show but I do wonder if they have a Special Agent Gibbs or an Abby Sciuto. Do you have what it takes to be a real Special Agent for NCIS?
Yes, they do exist – NCIS Special Agents – and the great news is that you do not have to join the Navy or have military or law enforcement experience. You can be just like Leroy Jethro Gibbs and all you need is a baccalaureate degree and to pass a background check (for your Top Secret security clearance – how exciting). Well, there are a few more requirements but not as many as I expected when I read over them on the website. Just as in the television show we love so much, NCIS Special Agents are armed federal law enforcement officers who specialize in investigative techniques such as crime scene processing, death investigations, domestic security and forensic science.
In real life, Special Agent Timothy McGee would probably be considered a Cyber Specialist at NCIS. Cyber Specialists use their knowledge and investigative skills to tackle electronic evidence as Computer Scientists, Investigative Computer Specialists and Cyber Intelligence Analysts. The more I read the more I wanted to quit my job and go sit outside NCIS until they hired me.
The real NCIS even has real Abby Sciutos who specialize in forensics . They work with the Major Case Response Teams to dig deep into the forensics of a case performing all of the tests that we see Abby do each week on “NCIS.” These agents are highly trained in forensics and work closely with other agents to process crime scenes, test evidence and piece together the elements to prove the case.
It appears that the characters on “NCIS” are based on the role of real NCIS agents just as Thom. E. Gemcity’s characters in his book are based on his co-workers (could this be a playful pun on the part of the writers)? So when you watch “NCIS” this week, just imagine yourself as a Special Agent for the real NCIS.