Employment Opportunity

Intern - Forensic

Ontario Police Department, Ontario, California

Salary: $21.18 - $26.45 Hourly

Final Filing Date: The City of Ontario reserves the right, if necessary, to accept only the first one hundred (100) applications from applicants that meet the qualification guidelines below.

The City of Ontario's Police Department has an excellent internship opportunity for individuals interested in gaining valuable work experience in the field of Forensics. Interns have the ability to observe in and participate in a variety of tasks that support the overall operation of the department. As with any internship experience, individuals with a desire to learn as much as possible from experienced employees will have the greatest benefit from their internship experience.

As a Forensic Intern you will receive valuable hands on experience as well as an opportunity to make a positive impact on your community and your career. The Forensic Intern, under the guidance of a Forensic Specialist mentor, assists in and completes a wide variety of clerical and technical support duties. Duties may include, but are not limited to, case research, maintaining lab equipment, clerical duties, photographing minor incidents, processing items for latent prints, and assisting Forensic Specialists at major crime scenes.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


The functions typically performed by the Forensic Intern include the following:
  • Provides clerical support including filing and updating records.
  • Assists with case research; provides copies of cold case documents and case summaries.
  • Maintains photo lab; uploads submitted photos and provides CD/print copies of photos upon request.
  • Photographs minor incidents and assists with photography at major incidents.
  • Processes items for latent fingerprints
  • Maintaining supplies
  • Calibrating equipment
  • Collects and preserves evidence for later processing.
  • Assists Forensic Specialists at major crime scenes.
  • Assists with the maintenance of Forensic vehicles and supplies.
  • Assists in coordinating the repair and replacement of IBIS units.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


  • Equivalent to completion of two years of college and enrollment in, or completion of, a college level Forensic Program with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation and/or Latent Fingerprint Comparison. NOTE: Transcripts from colleges, universities or technical schools outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.
Special Note - The following items are required for consideration:
  • Completion of application and supplemental questions
  • A statement of interest on why you are interested in this internship (2 pages maximum)
  • Valid California Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment and throughout employment are required.
Special Requirements
  • From the time of appointment, enrollment in at least 2 courses, or the equivalent to 6 semester or 8 quarter units at an accredited college or university. Ability and willingness to work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Ability to work shift work, nights, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Current enrollment in upper division courses, or completion of a Bachelor's degree program. Photography experience with SLR digital cameras.
Background Investigation
  • Candidates must demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation conducted by the Ontario Police Department.

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Posted: June 11, 2024

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