A student uses forensic molecular biology testing equipment

Forensic sciences students are encouraged to participate in one or more internships during their studies. The Washington, D.C., region offers an unparalleled collection of internship opportunities, most of which are paid positions. Internships provide practical work experience and an opportunity to interact with field professionals.

Internships can be found in the private and public sectors. Examples of D.C.-area governmental agencies that offer forensic science-related internships:


How to Get an Internship

Students may obtain internships by reaching out to agencies, laboratories or companies directly. Arrangements are made without Forensic Sciences Department involvement; however, the university offers some services to help place students in internships through the Center for Career Services. Forensic Sciences faculty can also provide internship recommendations for students by addressing their recent research or academic achievement to date.

Visit the Center for Career Services


Bode Fellowship Program

A Bode Technology Group employee performs forensic evaluation
Photo courtesy Bode Technology Group Inc.

Mike Cariola, MFS ’99, established an exclusive fellowship for GW forensic science students at his company, The Bode Technology Group Inc., in Lorton, Virginia. Bode is one of the world's largest and most well-known private forensic DNA laboratories. The Bode Fellowship program gives selected students a work opportunity while seeking their degree.

This fellowship includes a stipend. Interested students must apply by February 1. Email [email protected] for more information.