Employment Opportunity

Forensic Crime Lab Intern

South Bend Police Department, South Bend, Indiana

Salary: $11.00 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This internship will consist of processing a variety of evidence including vehicles, DNA, fingerprints, and various items collected from crime scenes.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • All forms of latent fingerprint development and research of development techniques. Prepare and maintain chemicals for such development and research alternative chemical methods available.
  • Collect DNA from evidence when required and properly preserve in laboratory freezers.
  • Perform preliminary examination on all other forms of evidence. Determine subsequent analysis or examination needed and collect additional evidence there from as needed.
  • Compose chemicals for latent fingerprint development or other forensic applications. Help maintain an inventory of chemicals needed.
  • Utilize the digital imaging workstation including digital photography, scanner, and Adobe Photoshop to enhance, save on disk and print latent prints.
  • Successfully complete appropriate training in forensic identification analysis with the department.
  • Process vehicles from crime scenes, including but not limited to, bullet trajectory/shooting incident reconstruction, photography, collection and preservation of latent print and DNA evidence and any other duties required by the Detective assigned to the case.
  • Remove and package biohazard evidence from evidence drying chambers and disinfect the chambers thereafter.
  • Assist in performing routine maintenance of the Crime Lab and Crime Lab garage.
  • Assist in preventative maintenance of laboratory instruments and safety equipment.
  • Restock evidence packaging room on a weekly basis
  • Responsible to the Crime Lab Supervisor and is routinely supervised by the Supervisor and/or designee.


  • To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Baccalaureate Degree with science courses; majors / minors in chemistry and biology preferred, or working toward a Baccalaureate Degree with science courses; majors / minors in chemistry and biology required.
  • Basic principles of chemistry and mathematics.
  • Standard laboratory terminology and techniques.
  • Record keeping methods and techniques.
  • Equipment and supplies used in a lab.
  • Proper and safe procedures and precautions in a lab environment.
  • Ability to read scales and instruments.
  • Ability to work with chemicals, biological hazards and forensic lab equipment.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete records.
  • Ability to multitask, use good judgment, and make independent decisions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, both orally and in writing with scientific and non-scientific personnel.
  • Successfully complete a criminal history background and personal background with no criminal record.
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a Valid Driver’s License.
  • Alternate/forensic light sources, Computer, Digital Imaging System, Telephone, Various cameras (digital, Polaroid MP4), Magnifying lens, IBIS, Fax, Copy machine, Scanner, Lab Equipment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to bend and lift; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Dexterity sufficient to manipulate instruments and small items accurately over an extended period of time, as well as write labels on small items.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required in this job include sufficient vision to read fine print on computers, distinguish fine details when looking through scientific instruments to examine evidence items, as well as distinguish color, adjust focus, contrast, patterns, and dimensions.
  • The employee may work indoors and outdoors. Conditions indoors will be in a temperature controlled environment but exposed to changing weather conditions outdoors.
  • Storage room areas can be dusty.
  • Lab environment may require the use of respirators, gloves, or mask.
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, human body fluids, blood borne pathogens, biological hazards such as viruses and germs, and other hazardous evidence items including drugs.

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Posted: January 22, 2018

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