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Internship Program

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

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, 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 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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Other Educational Opportunities 

The District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) extends valuable educational opportunities to appropriate audiences upon request.  A request for an educational presentation, agency tour, or autopsy viewing must be submitted on official letterhead, by an authorized person of the requesting entity.  The request must include the following information and should be emailed to [email protected]. Requests are approved on a case by case basis.   

  • 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 REQUIREMENTS:

  • All attendees must be 18 years of age and have a valid proof of 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 contact [email protected]