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The Eberly College of Science

Forensic Science
Internship and Fellowship Information and Resources

Many students express their interest in obtaining an internship during their time at Penn State. The timing and duration of internships can vary widely from programs completed over the summer to part-time experiences throughout a students academic career. Most of our students who complete an internship do so the summer between junior and senior year, but as an internship is not a requirement for the program, students are welcome to pursue an internship at any point.

If you have any questions about internships, make an appointment to see our Academic Adviser, Noelle Waggett, using Starfish. You can find more information about Penn State policies regarding internships from the Office of Science EngagementShe will help you navigate the process and can answer any questions you may have, including how to complete paperwork and whether or not you need to sign up for course credit.

Below are some options to help you get started on your internship search, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Many students find internships by contacting local labs and agencies that are close to home, or through their own web searches. If nothing below is appealing or appropriate for you and your needs, talk to our Academic Adviser to help you get on the right path for you. You don't have to do this alone!

Internship Opportunities

Within the state of Pennsylvania

The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education

The City of Philadelphia Toxicology Lab

State College Police Department Internship Program

Pennsylvania State Police

Federal Government

(Note: Most of these require a lengthy background check. You may need to apply up to a year before the actual internship period to qualify)

Department of Homeland Security FLETC Internships

Central Intelligence Agency Internships

The Department of Justice Internships

The United States Secret Service Internships

DC Department of Forensic Science Internships

Naval Criminal Investigative Services Internship Program

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Internships

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Defense Forensic Science Center (US Army)


NIST Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Maryland State Police Internship Program

Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

New York State Police

NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

New Jersey State Police

Orange County Crime Lab

Resources to find more internships!

Office of Science Engagement