Internship in Biomedical Forensic Sciences
An internship in a forensic setting is encouraged, and may be approved for academic credit depending on the number of hours and the nature of the work completed during the internship. The work experience will supplement classroom learning, introduce the student to new skills and provide experience which will be beneficial to future career planning.
With prior approval from the student’s thesis advisors, and the internship site supervisor, work completed during internship may be used as the basis of the student’s thesis. A completed evaluation from the internship supervisor describing the nature of the work completed and the quality of the student’s performance will be required. In addition, the student will be required to write a summary of his/her internship experiences, responsibilities and results. The student may count the internship towards completion of a track given the internship is within the proposed specialty.
Internships may be procured in one of two ways:
1) Application to an Internship position which has already been approved by the BMFS faculty and Internship Coordinator. Students are made aware of available positions by the faculty. Interested BMFS students may apply for these positions by filling out the Student Internship Placement form.
2) The student may procure an internship position through independent means. A number laboratories have internship programs and regularly review applications for positions within their laboratory. If the student has been offered an internship position, and would like to utilize this experience towards academic credit, then he or she must immediately inform the BMFS faculty of the position by filling out the Student Internship Placement form.
During 2015-2016, students obtained internships at the following laboratories:
- Boston Police Department Crime Laboratory
- MIT Koch Institute
- Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory
- San Diego Police Department DNA Lab
- Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab
- San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
- Massachusetts State Police Forensic Lab
- Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab