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Internships at DFS

*Note: Deadline for applications for fall internships has been extended to Aug. 1.*


The DFS welcomes interns from a variety of programs, including forensic science, public health, law,  social sciences and even 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, Business or 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:

  • Currently enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program in an accredited college or university OR for joint collaboration, an employee of an agency specializing in Public Health or Forensic Science.
  • Studying in a forensic, public health, or related field
  • Must have at least a 3.0 (“B”) GPA or if a collaborative researcher, be gainfully employed by the agency specializing in a public health or forensic science capacity.

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. 


Applications are taken year-round and the length of the internship varies by academic program or joint agency. However, to be selected for a certain semester, applications need to be in by the following dates:

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

Application requirements for all tracks:

  1. Complete the DC2000 form.
  2. Provide a resume
  3. Provide a one-page cover letter describing the applicant’s areas of interest or research project, their career goals, and what they expect from being at the DFS. Please reference Track 1, Track 2 or Track 3 internship. In addition, the applicant should include their proposed start and end dates for the internship, if selected.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 not submitting all five completed components of the application will not be considered.

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