LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is hosting a special recruiting event in Louisville to bring diversity to the agency.

Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess says the agency has become increasingly homogeneous, and that can have a negative effect on investigations.

"We need to have people on the inside who can educate us, bring that diversity of thought and experiences to the table.  We are going to depend on them to make those connections," Hess says.

The recruiting event seeks to hire special agents, though recruiters are happy to talk to people about other opportunities in the FBI.

Hess acknowledges the entertainment industry depicts the FBI in a certain way which is not entirely accurate.

"It is really cool," Hess says of working for the FBI, but adds, "We don't solve cases in an hour, but we provide a place for a meaningful career for people who want to serve their community."

To qualify, you have to be 23 to 37 years old with a degree from an accredited institution and three years of work experience.

Hess says a lot of people come to the FBI after a prior career; the average age of a new agent is 30 years old.

You'll also have to pass a background check, medical screening, fitness test, and security screening.

Once you get a conditional job offer, you will be paid when you start training at the FBI property in Quantico, VA.

The training process lasts about 20 weeks at the academy, then special agents are assigned to one of 56 field offices in the United States.

With seniority, agents get more of a say in where they work, but the job could take you anywhere in the U.S. and give you experience with a wide variety of investigations from counter terrorism, counterintelligence, cyber investigations to public corruption, civil rights, violent crime, transnational organized crime, white collar crime.

No law enforcement experience is needed.

The hiring event is from 6 to 8 p.m., July 26, 2017 at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville.

You can preregister and learn more on the FBI's Twitter page or at www.fbijobs.gov.

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