Employment Opportunity

Forensic Science Intern

Orange County Sheriff's Department, Santa Ana, California

Salary: Unpaid Internship

Final Filing Date: January 15, 2020

Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment or include employee benefits, the position offers participants an excellent experience in working within a large, full-service forensic laboratory. It also provides an opportunity for interns to explore career options, gain knowledge and skills that complement their academic studies, build resumes and network with professionals in the forensic science environment.

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Duties may vary, depending on current project needs. Projects are usually related to technical method development, validation studies and reference material calibration or maintenance. Interns will not perform independent casework on evidence samples. Assignments may provide experience related to the following activities:
  • Identification and collection of DNA, fingerprints and physical evidence
  • Documentation and collection of firearms and toolmarks
  • Development and collection of latent prints
  • Crime scene photography
  • Sketching and computer-aided design (CAD)


  • Those applying for an internship with the crime laboratory are expected to have completed their third year at an accredited college or university prior to the start date of the internship. Applicants must be pursuing or have completed a bachelor's degree in forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, biology or a closely related laboratory scientific field. Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5.
  • Time Commitment Required and Timeframe in which Hours can be Scheduled: Internships are primarily offered over the summer months, but can extend into the fall based on project and intern availability. Internships require 20 or more hours per week for 2 or more months.
  • In addition to hours required for initial orientation and training, individual project hours greatly vary depending on specific tasks and intern availability. Hours can be scheduled between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Posted: November 4, 2019

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