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Internships at DFS

The DFS welcomes interns from a variety of programs, including Forensic Science, Public Health, Law, Information Technology, Social Sciences, Business and Economics. Space is limited and the positions are competitive; internships at the DFS are unpaid and at-will.

There are currently three tracks for internships.

Track 1 (Programmatic Internship): Junior or senior undergraduate students or graduate students interested in assisting DFS experts and/or management with programmatic functions of the DFS, administrative tasks and streamlining of laboratory functions. The DFS is also accepting law students interested in assisting DFS General Counsel with legal research and writing, interacting with prosecution and defense counsel on forensic issues, and/or assisting in preparing and reviewing documents regarding forensic science best practices consistent with DC laws. Science background for law students is a plus but not required.

Track 1 (Programmatic Internship) Application Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled as a Junior or Senior undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university
  • Studying in a Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Public Health, Law, Social Sciences, Science, Economics, Information Technology Business or Economics related field
  • Must have at least a 3.0 (“B”) GPA

Track 2 (Research Internship): Masters or Doctoral students who wish to work with DFS scientists on research or resource projects that support the learning of practical professional skills for the student and benefit the DFS and its stakeholders. Interns are encouraged to publish the results of their projects, if appropriate, with DFS supervisors as coauthors. The project can be related to a student's degree work, if relevant.

Track 2 (Research Internship) Application Criteria:

  • Studying in a forensic, public health, or related field
  • Currently enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program in an accredited college or university
  • Must have at least a 3.0 (“B”) GPA

Track 3 (Joint Agency Collaboration): The DFS may accept employees from other agencies for collaborative researching opportunities. The employee of the joint agency must be a current employee in good standing with an agency in a public health or forensic science related field and the research conducted must mutually benefit the DFS and the joint agency.

Track 3 (Joint Agency Collaboration) Application Criteria:

  • Applicant must be currently employed by the joint agency and the applicant must hold a current “satisfactory” or higher performance evaluation.

All interns are required to present their project findings at the end of the internship.


Internships are typically offered on a semester basis. Early applications are accepted. The duration of the internship may be extended into the following semester based on the intern’s performance and/or length of time needed to complete the project.




To be selected for a specific semester, an application needs to be submitted by the following dates:

All applications for summer internships are due by April 1.
All applications for fall internships are due by August 10.
All applications for spring internship are due by December 1.

Application requirements for all tracks:

  1. Complete the DC2000 form (see DC2000 form instructions).
  2. Provide a resume
  3. Provide a one-page cover letter describing the applicant’s areas of interest or research project, and their career goals. Please reference Track 1, Track 2 or Track 3 internship. In addition, the following items should be included in the applicant’s cover letter:
  • Proposed start and end dates
  • Schedule of availability, including both days and times-Ex: Mondays, 9 am-12 pm, Tuesdays 11 am-2 pm, Wednesdays, no availability (if not available)
  • Applicant’s T-shirt size

Cover letters missing the listed items will not be evaluated.

  1. A copy of the applicant’s current transcript, if the applicant is a college intern or a copy of the most recent performance evaluation if the applicant is applying under Track 3.
  2. Two letters of recommendation written on official university letterhead from faculty if the applicant is a college intern OR one letter of recommendation and approval on agency letterhead from the joint agency if applicant is applying under Track 3; contact information (email and telephone) must be provided.

Applicants who do not submit all five completed components of the application will not be considered.

Completed applications must be sent as a single PDF document to: Lavonia.jackson@dc.gov. Also, email Ms. Jackson to verify receipt.


The Department of Forensic Sciences does not offer housing to students in the program. If selected, the candidate will be responsible for his/her own housing. Below are nearby properties that offer (summer) housing to students:

American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-8247

George Washington University
2350 H Street, NW Suite 107
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-6883