The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has established an internship program for students and professionals who are interested in the field of forensic science and want to learn about and assist with daily operations at the Coroner's Office. Interns will work with the Investigations Division and the Pathology Division for a complete medico-legal death investigation experience. Interns will learn the responsibilities and duties of each division, and become familiar with the policies and procedures of the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office. Interns will be present during scene investigations and autopsy examinations.
Qualified candidates will be upper division college students pursuing a degree in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, Biological Sciences, or a related field. A professional in the field of law enforcement, medicine, emergency medical services, fire services, or mortuary services with basic a knowledge of forensic science will also be considered.
Where are they now?
Numerous San Mateo County Coroner's Office employees (Forensic Autopsy Technicians, Deputy Coroners) initially began their careers as Coroner Interns and were hired to the orgniazation following the completion of their internship. Other Coroner Interns embarked on careers at the following agencies or continued education at the following institutions:
- Marin County Coroner's Office
- Santa Clara Medical Examiner's Office
- David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
- NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
- San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
- Hillsborough Police Department
- Kaiser Permanente
- Contra Costa Superior Court
- Santa Clara County Communications
- County of Santa Clara Laboratory of Criminalistics
- San Mateo County Forensic Laboratory
- Los Altos Police Department
THE CORONER'S OFFICE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 INTERNSHIP YEAR DUE TO COVID-19. APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021-2022 INTERNSHIP YEAR WILL BE POSTED IN SUMMER 2021 AND CANDIDATES SELECTED IN FALL 2021.
Application Posted: Summer 2021
Applications Due: August 2021
Application Review: early September 2021
Application Responses Returned: mid-September 2021
Interviews: late September 2021
Intern Selection: October 2021
Background and Clearance Appointments: November to December 2021
Intern Start Date: January 2022
For further information contact:
San Mateo County Coroner’s Office, Internship Program