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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.

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:

  • 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 Andrea.McGinnis@denvergov.org.

Investigative Internship Schedules & Deadlines:

Spring/Summer

Application period: February 1-28
Interview/Shadow dates: March 1-31

Fall/Winter

Application period: September 1-30
Interview/Shadow dates: October 1-31


Forensic Autopsy Technician Internship Program

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 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:

  • Work closely with forensic pathologists and autopsy technicians during postmortem examinations
  • Learn evisceration techniques
  • Gain exposure to various manners and causes of death
  • Assist with specimen/evidence/property collection and handling
  • Learn fingerprinting techniques through several media
  • Aid with all daily operations of the morgue

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 Gary.Broyles@denvergov.org.  Within your email, please state if you are applying as a volunteer or as a student for credit.

Forensic Autopsy Technician Internship Schedules & Deadlines:

Spring Term: January 1 – April 30

    Spring Application Period: October 1 – 31

    Spring Shadow Dates: November 1 – 15

Summer Term: May 1 – August 31

    Summer Application Period: February 1 – 28

    Summer Shadow Dates: March 1 – 15

Fall Term: September 1 – December 31

    Fall Application Period: June 1 – June 30

    Fall Shadow Dates: July 1 –15