Investigative Internship Program

Currently, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner has an internship program established with the University of Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver, Regis University and Metropolitan State College Denver. We typically select one to three interns each semester.

The internship period is one calendar year. The internship is unpaid and the student is required to work 16 hours a week, typically in two eight hour days. We require interns, at a minimum, to have junior, senior, or graduate standing, to have a G.P.A. of 3.0, to be pursuing a major in a related field, to be at least 21 years of age, and capable of passing a background check.
  • Interns are involved in all aspects of medicolegal death investigations. Under the guidance of a supervising investigator, interns have the opportunity to:
  • Conduct investigations to ascertain the cause, manner, and circumstances death.
  • Determine investigative technique, scope, timing, and direction of investigations.
  • Locate the next of kin by contacting designated representatives, treatment agencies, family members, and other interested parties.
  • Research and verify decedent identity.
  • Verify the cause of death listed on death certificates to determine the need for further investigation
  • Perform research, assembles reports, and provide information to insurance companies, attorneys, and other interested parties. 
Additionally, upon completion of the internship program, interns are eligible for certification as a Death Investigator through the Colorado Coroner’s Association. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Tracey.Balbin@DenverGov.org

Forensic Autopsy Technician Internship Program

The Forensic Autopsy Technician Internship is a one semester unpaid internship. Interns are required to work at least two 8 hour days per week. Minimum qualifications include a GPA of 3.0 or higher, at least a junior class standing, and the pursuit of a career in medicine or forensic sciences. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and able to pass a background check.

Interns are involved in all aspects of morgue operations: Under the guidance of forensic autopsy technicians and the medical examiners interns will:
  • Assist with autopsies
  • Assist with evidence collection
  • Assist with all of the daily operations of the morgue

This internship can be extremely physical and require one to stand for long periods of time. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Karen.Jazowski@DenverGov.org

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