Internships

Internship in Biomedical Forensic Sciences

An internship in a forensic setting is encouraged and may be approved for academic credit depending on hours completed and nature of the work. The internship supplements classroom learning, introduces the student to new skills and provides experience beneficial to future career planning.

Facets of an approved internship include:

  • Completed work may be used as the basis for a thesis
  • An evaluation from the internship supervisor describing the nature and quality of the student’s work and performance is required
  • Students are required to write a summary of their internship experiences, responsibilities and results
  • Internships can count 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 pre-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. Through independent means.  A number of 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 2016-2017, 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
  • Boston Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Boston University Police Department
  • New York City OCME Toxicology Lab
  • Waters Corporation
  • Boston Police Department Firearms Analysis Unit
  • Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Aegis Sciences Corporation
  • Honolulu Police Department Forensic Laboratory