Employment Opportunity

Coroner's Division Intern

Orange County Sheriff's Department, Santa Ana, California

Salary: Unpaid Intern

Final Filing Date: February 1, 2022

Duties may vary, depending upon current project needs of the division and the intern's assigned section. Examples of duties include investigative assistance, both in the office and at times in the field that involve speaking with families of decedents, medical and law enforcement personnel and mortuary staff; observation and support of forensic assistants during autopsies and in processing remains and evidence; and records/administration tasks related to specialized projects pertaining to media inquiries, data collection and processing, and records.

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Assignments may provide experience related to the following activities:
  • Assist at death scene investigations under the direct supervision of a Deputy Coroner
  • Observe and provide support during autopsies under the direct supervision of a Forensic Pathologist or Forensic Assistant
  • Assist with data collection and/or analysis
  • Screen incoming calls to determine what information falls within the Coroner's jurisdiction
  • Review records to identify details relevant to a death investigation
  • Process evidence on non-criminal cases

  • Interns will be expected to present to the staff on a medicolegal death investigation related topic of their choice at the conclusion of the internship.


  • Those applying for an internship with the Coroner Division 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, biology, chemistry, anthropology, criminal justice or a closely related field. Completion of an associate degree in mortuary science is acceptable.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 is required. (Be sure your GPA is highlighted on your unofficial transcripts)
  • Applicants must be familiar with basic death investigation principles and/or physiology/anatomy; must be comfortable while interacting with the public both in person and via phone; and must have demonstrated experience in customer service.
  • Specific skill requirements will vary depending upon available projects and assigned section.
  • Basic computer skills are required.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently on projects as assigned.
  • Internships are offered year round and require 8 or more hours per week (up to 20 hours per week) for 3 months, with the possibility to extend up to 6 months, at the discretion of the division . Schedules may vary, depending on specific tasks and intern availability. Hours may be scheduled 7 days a week, between 6 a.m. – midnight, depending on the assigned section.

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Posted: November 4, 2021

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