CRIME LAB INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

An internship with the San Diego Sheriff's Regional Crime Lab is designed to provide an opportunity that will enhance a student's educational and career development while directly benefiting the functions of the Crime Lab.

An internship is a non-paid position and will require a minimum number of hours of work per week. This time commitment will depend on the requirements of the particular section. Applicants will need to pass a full background investigation and a truth verification interview. Please check back for open recruitment periods, as we will not be accepting any applications until that time.

Please check for updates as information is subject to change.

Applications will not be accepted unless indicated on the website.

Last updated: November 6, 2014

Biology/DNA Closed - Not accepting applications
  Criminal Justice Closed - Not accepting applications
  Firearms Closed - Not accepting applications
  Latent Fingerprint Development Closed - Not accepting applications
  Trace Evidence Closed - Not accepting applications

Biology/DNA

 Closed - Not accepting applications

Forensic Biology/DNA interns will learn the basic support operations of a forensic biology laboratory. Interns will be fulfilling the equivalent of a lab assistant position for the forensic biology laboratory. The primary job duties will include-but not limited to- cleaning, autoclaving, inventory, solution preparation, and making crime scene collection kits.

This internship is not designed to prepare an individual for a position as a Biology/DNA Criminalist. The possibility for casework observation, methods training, and projects will not be a part of this internship; however, these opportunities may be available over the course of time spent at the laboratory.

Interested candidates should at least be enrolled in or have completed the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program in an area such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field. This should include, at a minimum, the completion of courses in Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry. A fundamental understanding of forensic science is encouraged. A fundamental understanding of general laboratory operations is strongly encouraged.

The Biology/DNA internship is a commitment of a minimum of six months where individuals will be expected to work a minimum of twelve hours per week. The position is non-paid.

If interested in the Biology/DNA internship please submit the online application, official transcripts, and resume. The official transcripts and resume may be sent to Ashlie.Robinson@sdsheriff.org or mail to:

San Diego Sheriff's Crime Lab
ATTN: Ashlie Robinson
5255 Mt. Etna Dr
San Diego, CA 92117

If you have any questions regarding the Biology/DNA internship please send an email to Ashlie.Robinson@sdsheriff.org

Online application currently closed.






Criminal Justice
 Closed - Not accepting applications

Criminal Justice interns will gain a broad exposure to the work of the criminal justice system through the work of a forensic laboratory. Typical tasks include verifying the status of pending cases in order for criminalists to prioritize their scientific analyses of evidence and providing assistance in the preparation of criminal discovery. The minimum commitment is six months. The position is non-paid.  Interested candidates must have completed a minimum of two years toward a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration or related field or have been awarded a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

When new projects become available, the lab will open the application link. Applications will be kept on file for one year.

If interested in the Criminal Justice internship, please submit the online application and forward a copy of your transcript to Jessica.Ramirez@sdsheriff.org or mail to:

San Diego Sheriff's Crime Lab
ATTN: Jessica Ramirez
5255 Mt. Etna Dr
San Diego, CA 92117

If you have any questions regarding the Criminal Justice internship please send an email to Jessica.Ramirez@sdsheriff.org.

Online application currently closed.





Firearms
 Closed - Not accepting applications

Firearms interns will be exposed to the basic operations of the Firearms Unit. The primary job duties include - but are not limited to - data entry, filing, and working with the firearms and ammunition reference collections. Interns should be comfortable around firearms.

The Firearms internship is a commitment of a minimum of six months where individuals will be expected to work a minimum of twelve hours per week. The position is non-paid.

If interested in the Firearms internship please submit the online application and a resume. The resume may be sent to Roland.Chang@sdsheriff.org or mail to:

San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab
ATTN: Roland Chang
5255 Mt. Etna Dr.
San Diego, CA 92117

If you have any questions regarding the Firearms internship please send an email to Roland.Chang@sdsheriff.org.

Online application currently closed.





Latent Print Development

 Closed - Not accepting applications

Latent Print Development interns will undergo extensive training in the many procedures for development of latent prints on various surfaces. They will also be competency tested to demonstrate that they have understood the training. They will also be trained in writing reports related to the processing of evidence items for latent prints. The interns will have an opportunity to attend crime scenes to observe the processing and documenting of crime scenes by laboratory personnel. The interns will develop and collect latent prints from evidence that has been obtained in the course of a criminal investigation, document their activities and write reports.

Interested candidates must have completed a 2-year degree in a criminal justice program with semester courses in fingerprints and forensic photography; or, be within two semesters of graduation. The latent print internship program is a commitment of a minimum of six months where the candidates are expected to work a minimum of sixteen hours per week. The position is non-paid.

If interested in the Latent Print Development internship, please submit the General Application and a transcript to Linda.Wright@sdsheriff.org or mail to:

San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab
ATTN: Linda Wright
5255 Mt. Etna Dr
San Diego, CA 92117

If you have any questions regarding the Latent Print Development internship, email Linda.Wright@sdsheriff.org.

Online application currently closed.





Trace Evidence

Closed - Not Accepting Applications

A Trace Analysis intern must be willing to independently work on a trace-related project like an instrumental or analytical procedure validation, sample library building, or research.  Interested candidates must have or be working towards a bachelor's degree in a hard science like chemistry, biochemistry, biology, criminalistics, or related science focus and have an understanding of basic chemical principles and instrumental theory. 

If interested in the Trace Evidence internship, please submit the online application and forward an official transcript to Jeanne.Redeman@sdsheriff.org or mail to:

San Diego Sheriff's Crime Lab
ATTN:  Jeanne Redeman
5255 Mt. Etna Dr
San Diego, CA 92117

If you have any questions regarding the Trace Evidence internship, email Jeanne.Redeman@sdsheriff.org.

Online application currently closed.