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Internships

If you are a college student pursuing a career in forensic science, the North Carolina State Crime Lab (NCSCL) offers internships at all laboratory locations and in all forensic disciplines. The internship program runs throughout the year and coincides with university semesters. 

Eligibility
Candidates applying for an internship with the NCSCL must:
  • Be at least a rising junior in, or graduate of, a four-year degree program.
  • Be majoring in a natural science (e.g., chemistry, biology, forensic science) or computer-related field. [Please note that we do not accept Criminal Justice majors into the internship program]
  • Successfully pass a background check.

Application Deadlines (applications must be postmarked by the deadline):
  • Spring internships - October 1
  • Summer internships - February 15
  • Fall internships - May 1

General Information:
  • Internships at the NCSCL are unpaid and interns are required to provide their own housing and transportation.
  • Interns are required to work a minimum of 20 hours/week during the normal operating hours of the laboratory (8:00AM-5:00PM Monday-Friday).
  • Interns are placed in all three laboratories.  However, all disciplines are not available in every laboratory.  Available disciplines are as follows:
    • Raleigh Laboratory: Toxicology, Drug Chemistry, Trace Evidence, Forensic Biology, Latent Evidence, Firearms, Digital Evidence, Evidence Control
    • Triad Regional Laboratory: Toxicology, Drug Chemistry, Latent Evidence
    • Western Regional Laboratory: Toxicology, Drug Chemistry, Latent Evidence, Firearms, Forensic Biology

Application Instructions:
Students must submit the following items:
  • Internship application
  • Internship authorization and release form (must be notarized)
  • Resume
  • College transcript from all schools attended (may be sent directly from the school)
  • Letter of recommendation from college faculty member (preferrably a science professor) (may be sent directly from the professor)
  • Copy (front and back) of driver's license
  • Hepatitis B immunization record
  • A cover letter detailing why the applicant wants to be a NCSCL intern and how the internship fits into his or her overall career goals.

Submit applications to:
Jennifer Remy, Internship Coordinator
NC State Crime Laboratory
121 E. Tryon Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
or via email to crimelabinternship@ncdoj.gov

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions?
For more information concerning internships, contact  crimelabinternship@ncdoj.gov.