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Internship and Job Placement

Internships

Internships provide you with professional experience and potential connections for future jobs. As an extension of our curriculum, the internship provides meaningful experience related your area of concentration. Participating in an internship (or several!) gives you an opportunity to experience a life as a forensic proessional, and can help you identify areas in which you might like to specialize.

Internships are not required of students in the Forensic Science and Law program, but they are strongly encouraged due to the valuable real-world experience and connections they provide.

Placement

With help from the Center for Career Development, FSL students have obtained internships at the following sites:

  • Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Allegheny County Mobile Crime Unit
  • Allegheny County Forensic Laboratory Division
  • Cybergenetics; RJ Lee Group
  • Erie County Department of Health Medical Examiner's Office
  • SciTech Initiative at the Carnegie Science Center
  • Allegheny County Public Defenders Office
  • Brook's Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio, TX
  • University Of Pittsburgh Medical Centers Clinical Genomics Facility
  • National Audubon Society
  • Bexar County Criminal Investigations Laboratory in San Antonio, TX
  • The Law Firm of Bartel, Rudolf, and Associates.

Eligibility

Are you interested in doing an intersnhip? Take a few minutes to review the Bayer School internship requirements, then ask your advisor about registering for one of the following:

FORE 450 Internship
1 to 6 credits
Prerequisite: Student must have earned 60 credits.

FORE 500 Internship
0 credits
Prerequisite: Student must have earned 90 credits.


Career Development

The diverse roles of the forensic scientist range from crime scene investigator to laboratory technologist to independent consultant. With a Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science and Law, you can enter exciting careers in the FBI, the ATF, the Treasury Department or the Armed Forces. You may find employment in federal, state and local government, forensic laboratories, toxicology laboratories, the offices of medical examiners and coroners, hospitals, universities or police departments.

Whatever your career goals, you will be armed with the knowledge and experience you need to achieve them!

Check out our Alumni Spotlight to see where some of our recent graduates have landed. 

Center for Career Development

Duquesne's Center for Career Development plays a key role in providing essential support to the Forensic Science and Law program by preparing graduates to enter the job market, and by connecting students to internships and employers.

Each semester the Center holds Career Fairs that allow students an opportunity to meet with prospective employers.

As part of the FORE 522 course, students receive assistance with resume and cover letter writing. Mock Interviews, which prepare graduates for the employment process in the forensic science field, are also sponsored by the Center for Career Development as a mandatory component of FORE 522.


Did you know?

Background checks, polygraph tests and drug screens are routine when applying for an internship or job in the forensic sciences!