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OCME's Academic Affiliations

  • American University, Washington, DC
  • Arcadia University, Glenside PA
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • Howard University
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS)
  • University of Michigan
  • University of the District of Columbia - Mortuary Science, Washington, DC

Internship Program

The OCME Internship Program provides limited unpaid internships in Anthropology, Epidemiology, Fatality Review, Death Investigations, Forensic Toxicology, Mortuary Services, Forensic Photography, and IT. The 6-week internship begins in May and concludes in June.  To be considered for an internship position, the applicant must apply before January 15th of the current year.  A complete application package includes the following information:

  • Completed Internship Application Form;
  • Letter of Interest
  • Current CV or resume
  • Current academic transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from an instructor, professor, or academic advisor

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

The intern is expected to present an internship presentation and will receive a Certification of Completion.

An applicant will be considered only after the complete application packet is received.

The package should be emailed to [email protected]

Anthropology, Death Investigations, Mortuary, Digital Imaging, 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 before 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 cannot establish an interagency agreement, the intern will not be permitted to participate in the program.

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

Observership Program

An observership is an educational experience that allows you to shadow a member of the OCME staff and learn more about the field. This experience may give you a better understanding of a typical day for various roles tied to death investigations.

OCME’s Observership Program is an educational experience (longer than a day but no longer than five days) restricted to watching and listening during death investigations and case examinations.  An observer is under direct supervision by an OCME Deputy Medical Examiner or designee. Requests for Observership are considered on a case-by-case basis and does not guarantee a slot will be available.  The following information is required for review and consideration of a request to observe:

  • Letter of interest
  • Current CV or resume
  • Current transcript from medical or clinical training school.
  • One Letter of Recommendation from an instructor, professor, or academic advisor

Other Educational Opportunities

The OCME extends valuable educational opportunities to appropriate audiences upon request. A request for a forensic medicine presentation, autopsy viewing, or facility tour must be submitted on official letterhead by an authorized person of the requesting entity. These types of requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and must include the following information: 

  • name of group/organization
  • description of the work the entity performs or is training to perform; explanation of how this educational experience will enhance work performance or academic undertakings.
  • number of individuals in the group

Additional Requirments:

  • All attendees must be 18 years of age and have valid government-issued identification to enter the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory/DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
  • All attendees must sign a confidentiality agreement.

For additional information or questions, please email [email protected]

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