Forensic Science Internship Program

The Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory provides unpaid, academically oriented internships for baccalaureate- and graduate-level students with career aspirations in the forensic sciences. Interns will gain experience and training by working in a forensic discipline. Internships typically run for an academic semester, such as Spring, Summer, or Fall. Internships offer an opportunity to work in a large, full-service forensic laboratory, allowing participants to network in a professional environment, explore career options, gain knowledge and skills that complement their academic studies and build resumes. Interns will not perform independent casework on evidence.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants must be current college or university undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing a degree in chemistry, biology, or a related natural science field.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 40 contact hours per week over 8 weeks in the summer and 20 contact hours per week over 15 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. Contact hours must be performed at the LSPCL in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from Monday-Friday between the hours of 7am and 5pm.
  • Applicants must pass a security background check, polygraph, and drug screen.

Preference will be given to students who are at least at a junior undergraduate level, who have strong academic and/or community service achievements, and who are highly motivated and interested in a career in forensic science.

Term Application Deadline Approx. Dates of Internship Summer March 15th June 1 to July 30 Fall June 1st Mid August to December 1 Spring October Mid January to May 1

Term Application Deadline Approx. Date of Internship
Summer March 15th June 1st to July 30th
Fall June 1st Mid August to December 1st
Spring October 15th Mid January to May 1st


For questions and application forms regarding the program, please email [email protected].