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
The DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) Education Program provides limited unpaid internships in Anthropology, Epidemiology, Fatality Review, Death Investigations, and Forensic Toxicology. To be considered for an internship, the student must submit an application packet consisting of
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
401 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
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.
Volunteer Service and Confidentiality Agreements: 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
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
All attendees must be 18 years of age and have valid proof of identification to enter the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory/DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
All attendees must sign a confidentiality agreement.