Internships

Student Experiences

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Internships
While the Forensic Science program prepares you to start working in your chosen field right after graduation, it is important for you to consider additional ways of finding the right forensic science career for you.

An internship can be a valuable experience for learning in the field and also for establishing real-world contacts for networking after graduation. Here in CASNR, we encourage you to continue to explore and learn through a Forensic Science Internship.

Qualifications

  • Must be a major in the Forensic Science Program
  • Most internship sites require interns have a 3.0 GPA
  • Most internship sites require that interns have no drug/violence arrests or felony charges

Requirements

  • A minimum of 50 work hours = 1 UNL credit hour (limit 3 credit hours/semester or 5 in 2 back-to-back semesters)
  • A weekly report of hours and activities performed and an intern evaluation signed by the on-sight internship supervisor
  • A significant paper to document your experience and summarize what you have learned

Planning

It is a good idea to start considering an internship and what it would mean for you early in your college career.  While the actual internship might be a few semesters away, the application process can take some time, and it is recommended that you discuss your intentions with your potential internship instructor within the Forensic Science Program.

Dr. Michael Adamowicz (Forensic Biology/Chemistry Options), and Larry Barksdale (Crime Scene Investigation Option) are the internship instructors for students pursuing internships and taking FORS 495.  These individuals may have ideas that can help you in the planning process and will be evaluating your experience after your internship is complete.

Application

  1. Most internship sites require a formal application.  These can usually be found on the internship site's website with their specific requirements and deadlines for application.
  2. You will need to fill out an Internship Contract Form that highlights the details of your internship agreement.  This form needs to be signed by your Academic Advisor, Instructor (Adamowicz or Barksdale), Internship Supervisor, and yourself.  This completed form should be turned in to your Academic Advisor the term before your internship starts.

Registration

After your internship contract has been formalized and signed by your Academic Advisor, Instructor, and Internship Supervisor, you can register for FORS 495.  To register, first get a permission code from your Academic Advisor. Then, sign up for the contracted number of credit (1-3 credit hours).

Past Internship Sites

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office (Boulder, CO)

Cook County Sheriff’s Department (Chicago, IL)

Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN)

Estée Lauder Companies Research and Development Headquarters (New York, NY)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (Omaha, Kansas City, and Washington D.C. Offices)

Homeland Security Investigations (Kansas City Office)

Kansas City Police Department (Kansas City, KS)

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office (Lincoln, NE)

Lincoln Police Department (Lincoln, NE)

Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, D.C.)

Nebraska Dept. of Correctional Services (Lincoln, NE)

North Dakota Attorney General's Office (Bismarck, ND)

North Platte Police Department (North Platte, NE)

Omaha Police Department (Omaha, NE)

Parker Police Department (Parker, Colorado)

Physicians Laboratory Services (Omaha, NE)

DuPont/Pioneer (Johnston, IA)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (Lincoln, NE)

Wichita Police Department (Wichita, KS)