The Forensic Science Department strives to provide eligible forensic science undergraduate majors with practical, real-world work experience in forensic laboratories through internships. Internships enable students to earn three academic credits while gaining valuable forensic science experience. The work experience will supplement classroom learning, introduce new skills, and provide insight for future career planning. Internship placements in forensic laboratories and other applied scientific laboratories are strongly encouraged. This internship experience will primarily consist of job-shadowing. Additional experiences will be at the discretion of the internship laboratory or its internship supervisor.
Please review the information below, and then contact the Undergraduate Director, Dr. Catherine Connon, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are responsible for arranging their own internships. Forensic science faculty are a good source for suggesting internship opportunities and crime laboratory contacts. Students are encouraged to reach out to their Faculty Mentors, review Handshake, and consult with VCU Career Services for information about internship opportunities. Once an internship opportunity is determined, a contract must be turned in and approval must be obtained from the Undergraduate Director in order for a student to receive academic credit for their internship experience.
To qualify for an internship, an undergraduate student must:
- be enrolled in VCU and in the forensic science undergraduate program for at least one semester prior to the internship semester and throughout the internship
- have completed FRSC 300 with a minimum grade of C
- have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
Students and their supervising mentor must complete the FRSC 493 Internship Contract Once this is turned in to and approved by the undergraduate director, she will request an override on the student's behalf in order for the student to register for FRSC 493.
Interns earn academic credit through completion of the following requirements:
- Enroll in FRSC 493 Forensic Science Internship. Select the appropriate number of credits in relation to the amount of time that will be devoted to relevant forensic science experiences and activities throughout the duration of the internship:
- 3 credits - minimum of 125 hours
- 2 credits - minimum of 83 hours
- 1 credit - minimum of 42 hours
- Work the minimum number of hours indicated above at the selected internship agency over one 15-week semester period or equivalent summer semester.
- Communicate with the Undergraduate Director (at a minimum) at the beginning, middle, and end of the semester. Discussions will include internship requirements and student expectations, mid-semester progress, and a final evaluation. Due dates for the mid-semester progress report and final assessment will be assigned during the initial communication.
- Maintain a Log of Hours worked. The log will have, in columns from left to right, a record of dates, times at site, activities during each time period and total time (total time must equal at least 125 hours). The log must be signed and dated by both the intern supervisor and submitted to the undergraduate director at the end of the semester of the intern experience.
- Complete and submit (email to Undergraduate Director) a one to two page progress report by the deadline provided. This report should include a narrative detailing the internship duties, including the positive and negative aspects of the internship. A meeting may be scheduled with the Undergraduate Director to discuss the progress of the internship, or a discussion may take place via email.
- Be evaluated by the internship supervisor at the end of the 15 weeks. The Undergraduate Director will email an evaluation form to the appropriate supervisor.
- Write and submit (email to Undergraduate Director) a reflective paper by the stated deadline. The paper should be typed and 5-7 pages in length. Spelling, punctuation and grammar will be considered. This paper is to contain an assessment of the internship experience and involvement with the organization. This could include topics such as:
1. The main contribution made to the organization as an intern.
2. Something learned or observed and its link to a course(s) taken.
3. A significant event of the internship.
4. The most positive and negative aspects of the internship.
5. The most important thing learned as an intern.
6. Additional learning needs identified as a result of the internship.
7. How the internship will help in pursuing career goals.
This is a pass or fail course. Students who complete required internship hours within the semester, complete all written work by the stated deadlines, attend required meetings on time and receive a satisfactory evaluation from his/her internship supervisor will receive a grade of “pass.”
Interested students who meet criteria and have secured an Internship for an upcoming semester should contact the Undergraduate Director. They will be required to fill out the FRSC 493 Internship Contract to receive credit for the internship.
The internship checklist is an optional form that the student and/or supervisor can use to guide them through the process. It is part of the FRSC 493 Internship Contract
The log of hours needs to be completed and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by the assigned due date at the end of the semester.
Check out this guide put together by our Career Services Liaison, Jorge Piocuda!
If we're aware of an internship, it's posted here!
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- NIST Pathways Program
- ASTEE Research Program
- Deb Lab, MCV Campus
- USPS FLS Internship
- Summer Research Internship for Undergraduate Minority Students (SRIMS) in Biomedical Sciences at Marshall University
- DC Department of Forensic Science (thank an Alum!)
- The VCU Department of Biology Advising blog has lots of opportunities as well - visit them at this link.
- Suffolk Police Department (see below)
Suffolk Police Department Internship
Internships with Impact
Qualifications: We are looking for people who are organized, responsible, have good written and verbal communication skills, and are able to take initiative on projects. Interns will generally work 10-20 hours a week.
How to Apply – apply online at http://www.weareimpact.org/internship-apply.html
A completed application includes the following:
A one-page personal statement describing your reasons for seeking an internship with Impact and what you hope to gain from the experience
A resume outlining your educational, professional, and volunteer experiences
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