Employment Opportunity

Student Intern

Volusia County Medical Examiner Office, Daytona, Florida

Salary: This internship is for college credit only, and if selected, the interns must provide information from the school regarding the credits earned.

Final Filing Date: October 1, 2017

Internship is for the 2018 Spring semester

The County of Volusia is seeking one (1) intern to work with the Office of the Medical Examiner. This position is located in Daytona Beach and will be responsible for assisting Forensic Technicians during postmortem examinations in the morgue, providing assistance to Forensic Investigators during death scene response, and providing administrative and clerical support. This internship will give you the opportunity to gain essential knowledge and experience in the different areas of the Medical Examiner's Office. During your internship, you will be expected to perform certain duties under the direction and guidance of professionals in the specific areas.

This position will require you to handle deceased bodies that may have traumatic injuries. You must be able to present yourself in a professional manner and maintain confidentiality. The candidate will have the opportunity to learn what deaths fall under medical examiner jurisdiction and the process for determining cause and manner of death.

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Provide assistance to the Forensic Technicians and Medical Examiners during postmortem examinations in the morgue.
  • Preparing decedents for examination
  • Setting out surgical instruments and supplies
  • Recording organ weights and findings
  • Cleaning the autopsy suite and instruments
  • Collecting, labeling and packaging specimens for analysis
  • Managing biomedical waste for disposal
  • Assisting with inventories
  • Filing histology cassettes and slides
Provide assistance to Forensic Investigators during death scene response, if allowed by law enforcement. Such assistance may include:
  • Assisting with decedent transport.
  • Inputting data into case management tracking system.
  • Requesting medical records.
  • Cremation approvals.
  • Cleaning transport vehicles.
Provide administrative and clerical assistance, which may include:
  • Answering and routing phone calls.
  • Preparing case files.
  • Adding information to case files.
  • Proofreading draft postmortem reports.
  • Scheduling meetings and depositions.
  • Responding to requests for information.
  • Maintaining staff calendars.
  • Provide assistance scanning photographs for digital evidence storage on server.


To be eligible for a County of Volusia internship, the ideal intern must:
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational school operating in Volusia or Seminole County and:
    • A full-time undergraduate student (Fall/Spring-12 credit hours; Summer–6 credit hours); or,
    • A full-time graduate student (9 credit hours); or, A full-time student in an associate degree or vocational program;
  • Be currently seeking a degree in an area of study related to the internship position;
  • Be able to work up to 12 weeks during the assigned internship; and,
  • Have and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 grade scale for undergraduates and a minimum 3.0 grade point average or higher for graduate students.

The preferred candidate, having met the minimum qualifications; will be currently seeking a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science, Biology, Criminal Justice or related field.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
  • Skilled in the proper use of office equipment including computers, printers, copiers and scanners.
  • Skilled in the use and operation of camera and other photographic equipment.
  • Sufficient strength to lift and move cadavers and other heavy items such as boxes and materials.
  • Able to work with a degree of independence.
  • Able to execute and follow oral and written directions.
  • Able to prepare a clear and comprehensive report.
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, law enforcement officers, medical professionals and the general public.
  • Able to handle sensitive and confidential information in a professional manner and maintain confidentiality.
  • Able to deal objectively with the emotional stress generated by dealing with death daily.
  • Able to maintain a sense of caring for the survivor's emotional well-being.
  • Able to speak clearly and concisely relating information.
  • Able to analyze information and develop conclusions.
  • Able and willingness to work with cadavers, some in various stages of decomposition.
  • Able to work under stressful conditions.
  • Able to interact effectively with others.
  • Must be able to relocate to other county locations based upon operational needs.
  • Physical Demands: Heavy to very heavy work. Ability to lift, pull, push, feel, see (color, acuity, depth perception), carry, walk, stoop, kneel, bend, handle, finger dexterity, talk. Visual acuity (peripheral vision) to operate motorized vehicles.
  • Mental Demands: Ability to read and comprehend scientific, medical and technical manuals and reports and documents; memos, evaluations, safety rules, letters. Ability to perform general mathematical functions. Ability to write compound sentences relaying information, data and details. Ability to speak clearly and concisely relating information. Ability to detach emotionally from circumstances and consequences surrounding the death of a human being.
  • Environmental Demands: Inside and outside work. Ability to tolerate exposure to inclement weather (rain, cold, heat, humidity); odors, chemicals, dust, poor ventilation, fumes. Exposure to human remains and body fluids.

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Posted: August 22, 2017

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