Photograph of an intern observing analysis

The internship program has been suspended until further notice. If you were previously accepted for an internship, you will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.

The Westchester County Forensic Laboratory offers an excellent, unpaid academically orientated internship program. 

Internships are certainly beneficial to students' academic growth. We've been offering school-sponsored internships since 1977. We offer a mature, highly respected and extensive program which involves a number of Forensic disciplines. 

You will be required to submit an elimination buccal sample if you are accepted for an internship or a shadow experience.

This is required in order for you to be able to observe analysts during the examination process and the DNA analysis of evidence. It is to ensure that a DNA profile obtained from the evidence is from the biological/trace material on the evidence and not from anyone present in the examination room or DNA laboratories.

A DNA profile may be generated and entered into the WCFL “STAFF” database that is stored in a secure limited access computer. If entered, it will be searched against all DNA profiles generated from evidence submitted to the WCFL.

If a DNA profile is generated it will not be uploaded to any other databases. In addition, your profile will not be given to any outside agencies (law enforcement, district attorney’s office, etc.).

If you have any questions regarding this, please send them along with your application.

College Students

The internship program at the Westchester County Forensic Laboratory is designed to meet the needs of Forensic Science majors that require an internship as part of their core curriculum.  The program also caters to Forensic Science students who do not require an internship as well as students majoring in related laboratory sciences.  Students who apply should be pursuing a career in a laboratory setting.

Only a limited number of the many students who apply become interns. You must complete and mail in the prospective college student intern application. For the application to be processed the following must be included: an updated resume including references, a copy of your school transcripts (transcripts do not need to be official at this time) and a letter on official school letterhead from your adviser stating that you are eligible to conduct the internship. Please do not staple or fold your submitted materials.

Upon receipt and processing, laboratory personnel will judge the applications. Selected students will be contacted for an interview, after which the final selection process will be made. Be prepared to answer scientific and technical questions during your interview.

Current students who apply for an internship must be in good academic standing in a Forensic Science program or a closely related laboratory sciences program. Three out of the following five classes must have been taken:

  • General Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Forensic Science

Applicants must meet one of the following: Attend a college/ university within New York or Connecticut or reside in New York. Please note that Westchester County residents will take precedence over non-Westchester County residents.

All students should verify the requirements of their school’s program before applying.  Students needing more than 200 hours to fulfill their program’s requirement will only be considered for the summer session.

Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the laboratory personnel.

There are four terms in which you can carry out your internship: winter intersession, the spring semester, summer, and the fall semester.  The deadlines (postmark date) for application are as follows:

  • Winter Intersession (Dec - Feb.) - postmark date Sept. 1st

  • Spring Semester (March - May) -  postmark date Nov. 1st

  • Summer (June - Aug.) - 
    The summer session is popular. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. While there is no deadline for this session, as soon as a limit of applications is reached, no further applications will be considered.

  • Fall Semester (Sept. - Nov.) - postmark date June 1st

    As an intern you may observe the analysis of physical evidence in the following areas:
  • Forensic Biology
  • Trace Evidence
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Imaging 

Research projects in these areas are not guaranteed.

High School Students

Due to liability issues, we cannot accommodate high school students for internships. However, high school students may be granted a "shadowing experience" in which they spend one day viewing the various aspects of the laboratory. This shadow day takes place every second Tuesday of the month (excluding July and Aug.). Only high school students residing in Westchester County in their junior and senior years will be considered for the shadowing experience.

High school students are required to mail in the shadow application. Students that apply should have an interest in going into the field of Forensic Science. Students are asked to provide first and second choice dates for their shadowing experiences. It is strongly suggested that the student give multiple choice dates. The shadow experiences are on a first come first serve basis and the student's first and possible second choices may have already been filled. If you are granted a shadow day, you'll be at the laboratory from 9 a.m. to  1 p.m., spending time in each of the following sections:

  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Trace Evidence 

The laboratory is a professional environment and proper attire should reflect this. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Long hair must be appropriately secured. Contact lenses are prohibited. Improper dress will not be permitted and the shadow may be sent home if necessary. Not permitted in the laboratory are:

  • sleeveless shirts
  • shorts
  • sandals
  • open-toed shoes