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Forensic Science Intern (Unpaid Intern)

Orange County
Santa Ana, California, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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CAREER DESCRIPTION Position: Forensic Science Intern (Unpaid Internship) Orange County Sheriff's Department This internship recruitment is will be accepting applications until January 15, 2022 at 11:59PM PST. THE ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT The Orange County Sheriff's Department is a modern, progressive law enforcement agency dedicated to protecting the peace and enhancing the quality of life for everyone in the County of Orange. The OC Crime Lab provides scientific support to the law enforcement agencies and criminal justice system in Orange County by applying sound scientific principles to the collection; by ensuring thorough evaluation and interpretation of physical evidence; and by providing expert testimony and scientific support whenever needed. THE OPPORTUNITY Duties may vary, depending on current project needs. Projects are usually related to technical method development, validation studies and reference material calibration or maintenance. Interns will not perform independent casework on evidence samples. Assignments may provide experience related to the following activities: * Analysis of controlled substances and clandestine laboratory materials * Identification and comparison of evidence such as hair, fibers, paint, glass, fire debris, explosives and gunshot residues * Location and identification of body fluids, including DNA analysis * Firearms and tool marks analysis * Breath or blood alcohol analysis * Identification and quantification of drugs in blood, urine and tissue samples EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS Those applying for an internship with the crime laboratory are expected to have completed their third year at an accredited college or university prior to the start date of the internship and must be pursuing or have completed a bachelor's degree in forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, biology or a closely related laboratory scientific field. Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5. SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS Applicants must be familiar with basic scientific principles. Specific skill requirements will vary depending upon available projects. TIME COMMITMENT Internships are primarily offered over the summer months, but can extend into the fall based on project and intern availability. Internships require 20 or more hours per week for 2 or more months. In addition to hours required for initial orientation and training, individual project hours greatly vary depending on specific tasks and intern availability. Hours can be scheduled between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO INTERN Although this is an unpaid internship that does not guarantee employment or include employee benefits, the position offers participants an excellent experience in working within a large, full-service forensic laboratory. It also provides an opportunity for interns to explore career options, gain knowledge and skills that complement their academic studies, build resumes and network with professionals in the forensic science environment. APPLICATION PROCEDURE Candidates will need to upload a resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts to be considered. Applications missing any of the these documents will not be considered. Selected candidates will be interviewed by the project(s) leader and intern coordinator in February or March for summer placement. * The cover letter or letter of interest is an opportunity for applicants to describe career and academic goals and to elaborate upon personal interests/accomplishments related to the internship. Learn more about what to include in a cover letter HERE * The resume must include relevant education, work experiences and community involvement * The unofficial transcript(s) must include all undergraduate and any graduate coursework, except coursework in progress Once an application is made, the selection process includes a review of application materials, an interview and a thorough background investigation. REQUIRED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION Background investigations that can take three - four months to process will be conducted on applicants who have successfully interviewed for the internship and wish to pursue placement. The background investigation includes a 60 - 90-minute pre-screen interview. The pre-screen interview for out-of-state applicants can be conducted by phone. An additional three-hour in-person interview and Livescan fingerprinting are also required. The following documents will be completed by qualified applicants during the background investigation: * Civilian Personal History form, includes employment history & arrest record * Notarized Authorization to Release Information form As part of the background investigation, applicants will be required to provide five references along with original copies of the following documents (Do NOT attach these documents to your application): * Birth certificate (original or certified copy) or if applicable, naturalization certificate/resident card (Passport is not accepted.) * Valid, state-issued driver's license or ID * Social Security card * Proof of current automobile liability insurance coverage, listing applicant as an insured driver * Official college transcript(s) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please see below for important information regarding COVID 19 related requirements. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with any State or County Public Health Orders which may apply as follows: * Workers who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, may be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. * Workers who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, may be required to provide proof of vaccination. (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted worker will be required to mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.) The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Order. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position. EMAIL NOTIFICATION: Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account. NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply. Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: For additional internship postings, please check our Web site at the following link: Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions. For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jeff Hentzen at (714) 834-2892 or EEO INFORMATION Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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