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Educational Information

OCME's Academic Affiliations 

  • University of the District of Columbia - Mortuary Science, Washington, DC
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • American University, Washington, DC
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY
  • Arcadia University, Glenside PA

Internship Program

DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) Education Program provides limited unpaid internships in the areas of Anthropology, Epidemiology, Fatality Review, Death Investigations, and Forensic Toxicology.  To be considered for an internship, the student must submit an application packet consisting of

 1) Completed Internship Application Form;    

2) Letter of interest;

3) Two letters of recommendation from an instructor, professor and/or academic advisor;

4) Current resume or curriculum vita; and,

5) Current official transcripts. 

*The letter of interest should include what the applicant hopes to gain from participating in the program as well as details of his/her education and experience in forensic science.  Students should submit the application packet at least three months prior to the start of the internship. 

An applicant will be considered only after the complete application packet is received.  Please submit all items to the address below.

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Attn:  Terencia Davenport

401 E Street, SW

Washington, DC 20024

[email protected]

Anthropology, Death Investigations, and Toxicology interns are exposed to bio hazardous material.  Therefore, an interagency agreement between OCME staff and the intern’s academic institution must be established prior to the start of the internship.  Once an intern is selected, OCME will work with the intern’s academic institution to establish an interagency agreement.  If the OCME and the academic institution are unable to establish an interagency agreement, the intern will not be permitted to participate in the program.  A template interagency agreement is available at the following link. 


Interagency Agreement 

Each intern must complete a DC Department of Human Resources Volunteer Service Agreement  and a confidentiality agreement.  Interns may be subjected to a background check prior to starting an internship program.  Individuals under the age of 18 years are not eligible for the internship program.

Select a link below to learn more about the individual internship programs and eligibility requirements


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