Employment Opportunity

Forensic Science Intern

Orange County Sheriff's Department, Santa Ana, California

Salary: Unpaid Intern

Final Filing Date: January 15, 2022

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.

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Assignments may provide experience related to the following activities:
  • Analysis of controlled substances and clandestine laboratory materials
  • Identification and comparison of evidence such as hair, fibers, paint, glass, fire debris, explosives and gunshot residues
  • Location and identification of body fluids, including DNA analysis
  • Firearms and tool marks analysis
  • Breath or blood alcohol analysis
  • Identification and quantification of drugs in blood, urine and tissue samples


  • 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 and 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.
  • Applicants must be familiar with basic scientific principles. Specific skill requirements will vary depending upon available projects.
  • 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, 2021

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