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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.
The internship is a 12-month program. 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 18 years of age, and to be 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Forensic Autopsy Technician Internship is a one-semester unpaid internship open to volunteers and students. Interns are required to work at least two 8-hour days per week (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). 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 18 years of age and able to pass a background check. Once applications are received and reviewed, all qualified applicants will be scheduled for a required shadow day (see dates below). At the end of the semester, interns may have the ability to extend their internship on a semester basis for up to a year.
Interns are involved in all aspects of morgue operations. Under the guidance of forensic autopsy technicians and the medical examiners, interns will:
This internship can be extremely physical and require individuals to stand for long periods of time. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and transcripts (unofficial accepted) to email@example.com. Within your email, please state if you are applying as a volunteer or as a student for credit.
Spring Term: January 1 – April 30
Summer Term: May 1 – August 31
Fall Term: September 1 – December 31
The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner currently has an internship program established with the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
We offer internships by the semester. The internship is unpaid and the student is required to work 20 – 30 hours a week depending on the level of internship that the student is enrolled in at the University. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in their senior year of the Human Services program, preferably in the mental health counseling or addiction studies track. Students must also have taken one course in trauma informed practices. Experience and knowledge in death and dying, grief services and support, victim advocacy, or crisis intervention is a plus.
The family advocate intern will assist in providing customer and support services, under direct supervision, to those who have experienced an unexplained, violent, or suspicious death of a loved one and whose case is in accordance with the legal jurisdiction of the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner. The intern will provide information on the process in an empathetic and supportive manner to the grieving person and offer community resources as appropriate. The family advocate intern will work with investigators, administrative staff, and medical examiners to collect and enter data into our case management system.
Other responsibilities include:
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and transcripts to Meghan.Clark@denvergov.org.
The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner reserves shadowing opportunities strictly for our internship programs. Please visit the link below for additional information on these programs.
Office of the Medical Examiner
500 Quivas St.Denver, CO 80204
For additional assistance and resources, contact a Family Advocate: