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 BCA Lab Epstein – Rhoads Internship Program

PURPOSE

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.

ELGIBILITY

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. Coursework should include:

 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

 

DESIGN OF THE PROGRAM

 
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 found 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 Service – St. Paul            
    1430 Maryland Avenue E                      
    St. Paul, Minnesota 55106                                    
    Phone: (651) 793-2900                                  
    Fax: (651) 793-2901

 

  • Bemidji

BCA Bemidji

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Forensic Science Service – 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.
 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRAM DEADLINES

 

Students must submit the following items:

 

  • State of Minnesota internship application
    See:  http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/doc/hr/intern/app.pdf
  • Cover letter outlining career goals, areas of interest, and activities;
  • College transcript(s); and
  • Verification from college advisor that internship is being taken for credit

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

 

Applications must be sent to: 

 
Nancy Olson, DPS Internship Coordinator 
Human Resources 
Minnesota Department of Public Safety 
444 Cedar Avenue Suite #135 
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-5135 
Phone: (651) 201-7383