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Delaware OCME Internship Manual and Application

man and woman workingA forensic internship is ultimately designed to benefit both the students and the employers. Students are afforded the opportunity to gain academic credit, while simultaneously receiving the practical work experience in a forensic setting. Employers can not only benefit from the skills and assistance of the interns, but they can also enjoy the advantage of being able to evaluate possible future employees first hand.

Internships are appropriate for advanced undergraduate or graduate students attending facilities that have a structured, in-house internship program.  This way, the internship can be conducted under the joint supervision of an on-site advisor and a school faculty member. Both parties agree on the internships objectives and assignments, while also jointly evaluating the intern’s performance during and after their experience.  Internships are even more substantial to the student and the employer if they are taken close to the student’s date of graduation.  This type of planning makes the student more open for the possibility of employment, should the opportunity present itself. Our internship manual explains the process, policies and procedures that must be fulfilled in order to apply for an internship. Please download the manual, read the expectations and requirements thoroughly, and follow the given instructions for beginning the application process. Please email your application to Deputy Diector Hal G. Brown at

Guidelines for the Collection and Submission of Forensic Evidence

The mission of the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Forensic Sciences Laboratory (OCME) is to promote the sound administration of justice through the investigation of sudden, accidental, or suspicious deaths and the documentation and presentation of reliable qualitative and quantitative scientific analysis of chemical and biological evidence samples. A goal of the OCME is to handle and analyze evidence in a manner that will minimize loss, contamination, and/or degradation.

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide direction for the safe and efficient methods of collecting and preserving evidence that may be received by the OCME.

These guidelines also describe the specific forensic examinations performed by the OCME.

OCME services are available to all local, state, and federal law enforcement/criminal justice agencies, as well as criminal defense agencies residing in the state of Delaware for the purpose of rendering assistance in criminal investigations and legal proceedings.

All submissions of evidence must be in connection with investigations that take place in Delaware or are in some way connected to the state of Delaware.

Examinations will not be conducted for private individuals or corporations.

Evidence is received from outside agencies at the OCME by Forensic Evidence Specialists or can be picked up statewide at various agencies courtesy of the OCME Evidence Courier Service.

OCME Forensic Evidence Specialists will ensure the integrity of all evidence received by the OCME for forensic evaluation.

These guidelines comply with the Laws of the State of Delaware and establish evidence standards as set forth by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and International Association for Property and Evidence. If any further assistance is desired, please contact the laboratory at (302) 577- 3420.

Last Updated: Friday January 30 2009
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