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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety


​BCA Lab Epstein – Rhoads Internship Program


To provide an internship experience for college students interested in entering the field of forensic science. This program offers students an opportunity for observation of forensic scientists at their work, as well as involvement in working on an assigned laboratory project.


Students must be in their junior or senior year in college, or in graduate school, pursuing a degree in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Biology, Chemistry or equivalent. Desired casework includes:

Intern putting sample on instrument
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Statistics


The 10-16 week non-paid internship program will require each student to complete an assigned project with a laboratory staff member consisting of an extensive literature review, laboratory experimentation and research, compilation of data, and an oral presentation.  

Examples of laboratory projects include:

  • Establish quantitation procedures for controlled substances
  • Determine variability in accelerants fou​nd in fire debris
  • Develop new analytical technique.
  • Evaluate DNA analytical procedures.

Available laboratory locations:

  • St. Paul
    BCA St. Paul
    Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
    Forensic Science Services – St. Paul            
    1430 Maryland Avenue E                      
    St. Paul, Minnesota 55106                                    
    Phone: (651) 793-2900                                  
    Fax: (651) 793-2901


  • Bemidji​

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal ApprehensionBCA Bemidji
Forensic Science Services – Bemidji            
3700 N. Norris Court NW
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601                       
Phone:  (218) 755-3826  
Fax:  (218) 751-2027

Internships are five days a week Monday through Friday during normal work hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Some flexibility is possible to accommodate class or outside work schedules.
Candidates who best fit the needs of the laboratory will be interviewed no later than six weeks after the application deadline.
No financial assistance is available.



Students must submit the following items:​

Applications must be received by:

  • Spring internship: January through May 
    Application deadline: Last Friday in October
  • Summer internship: June through August 
    Application deadline: Last Friday in March
  • Fall internship: September through December 
    Application deadline: Last Friday in May​

All required materials should be emailed to: BCA Forensic Internship Coordinator at bca.inv.interns@state.mn.us