What happens next?

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physicsgirl123
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What happens next?

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Hi,

I am a 2nd round acceptance. I was curious as to what happens at the site visit, and when does security clearance begin? Should I expect to be drug tested/ fingerprinted/ interviewed for clearance at the site visit? I am looking for info on the timeline.
2019 Recipient | B.S. Physics

guesst

Re: What happens next?

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physicsgirl123 wrote:Hi,

I am a 2nd round acceptance. I was curious as to what happens at the site visit, and when does security clearance begin? Should I expect to be drug tested/ fingerprinted/ interviewed for clearance at the site visit? I am looking for info on the timeline.
For me, the site visit was mostly to get a feel of the facility you will be working for and if it will be a good fit before you formally accept the award. Security clearance didn't begin for me until a few months before my first summer internship took place (a year into the program), this included all the tests, prints, etc.

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I was offered the scholarship at the end of May and visited my SF in June. I accepted the award and started the clearance process in August. That included being fingerprinted. They didn't begin interviews for my background check for 11 months after that. I was never drug tested, just interviewed by an agent for 2 hours. The whole process from submitting my SF-86 to being approved for clearance took 20 months (28 months from SMART application to clearance approval).

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