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Oregon State Department of Police


Salary Range:

0,000.00 - 0,000.00


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Position Title:

Forensic Science Internship


Job Description:

***This is an unpaid internship opportunity with the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division***


Agency Overview

The Department of State Police (OSP) is a statewide law enforcement program. Founded in 1931, the mission of the Oregon State Police is to serve the State of Oregon with a diverse workforce dedicated to the protection of people, property, and natural resources. The purpose of the Forensic Services Division (FSD) is to serve the people of Oregon with the highest standards of science, ethics, and professionalism in recovering, preserving, and analyzing physical evidence. The FSD provides unbiased scientific and technical services to all branches of the Criminal Justice System.


To learn more about the Forensic Services Division, click here.


What Will You Do?

As an intern, you will perform technical and scientific functions as they relate to assigned internship projects. Projects may be in any of the Forensic Services Division’s five laboratories (Bend, Central Point, Pendleton, Portland Metro, Springfield) and may be related to Biology Processing (Serology), DNA, Drug Chemistry, Field Investigations, Firearms, Impressions, Latent Prints, Toxicology, and/or Trace. You will be assigned to and work directly with a coach who will coordinate your duties within the laboratory.


Minimum Qualifications

You must be currently enrolled in an accredited university or college pursuing a degree in a natural science such as biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, forensic science, pharmacology, bacteriology, or a closely related field.


Upon request, you must provide official transcripts from all institutions of higher education that were used to meet the minimum qualifications, as well as personal/technical references.


Preferred Skills

Ability to perform as part of a team

Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

Ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment

Ability to communicate technical information in a clear, effective, and professional manner

Ability to think creatively and critically

Ability to work well in a stressful environment


Working Conditions

This position may be subject to handling firearms, broken glass, syringes, odoriferous materials, blood, urine and other body fluids that may come from diseased persons, or clothing that may be infected with hazardous biological materials. May be required to work with caustic and flammable chemicals or be exposed to toxic, carcinogenic, radioactive, or otherwise hazardous substances. Must follow proper safety precautions and practices.


How to Apply

Apply in Workday by the deadline listed above; failure to submit your application by 11:59PM of the above listed date will result in automatic disqualification of your application.


Additional Information

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The selection process consists of a review of your application and an evaluation of your education, experience, and overall professionalism of your application materials. Do not attach extra documents. Please note that your application and responses to the supplemental questions will also be evaluated for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the needs of the internship position will be invited to a virtual interview.


Internship candidates will be subject to a fingerprint-based security/criminal record background check. Conviction of a crime will not automatically preclude appointment; however, adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification. 


All successful internship candidates will be required to provide appropriate samples for inclusion into the confidential Staff DNA Identification Index.