FSD Internship Information

Open application dates by semester: 

Fall:           May 15 - Jun 15

Spring:     Oct 15 - Nov 16

Summer:  Mar 1 - Mar 31

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a Forensic Science program (or Life or Physical Science major with a minor in Forensic Science) from an accredited university, college or graduate school. Other than administrative tasks for various units, our crime scene section is the only section that will consider interns obtaining a criminal justice degree.
  • Applicants from online programs may be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

​​​​Due to the limited number of internships available, we DO NOT accept applications from high school students or those enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program.

  • Must have completed sophomore year of undergraduate studies; graduate students are eligible to apply.

​​​If you were recently approved to a new school/program, but have not begun classes yet, please also submit your acceptance letter.

  • Must have availability Monday through Friday between the hours of 7AM-5PM.
  • Must successfully pass a background check; this takes approximately 1 week to complete for U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen. 

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to perform international background checks. Therefore, we are unable to consider non-U.S. citizens for our internship positions.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

Lab experience

​Coursework pertaining to the discipline(s) of interest

Applicants for Internships during a semester are expected to donate a minimum of 60 hours during the course of their time with us (i.e. minimum 4 hours per week for a 15 week semester). Summer Interns are typically expected to donate a minimum of 200 hours spread over a 10-12 week session, although this can vary depending on unit requests.

As this is a voluntary/ non-paid program, there are no payments of any kind from the Maryland State Police. All arrangements and payments of necessary mileage (or other mode of transportation), room, board and other expenses incurred during the internship are the responsibility of the applicant. 

We will conduct a review of your application after the deadline.  

If any section of the application is not complete or any requested documents are missing as of the deadline, you WILL NOT be considered for placement. 

Once we make our decisions, a background check will be performed to assure proper security clearance for being in our facilities, including Crime Scene offices. Upon completion of this clearance, you will be notified by either the FSD Intern Coordinator or a unit designee to arrange a start date. Once at the assigned facility, the applicant will complete additional required forms and provide a buccal DNA sample. 

We do not guarantee that there will be a place for all students as the positions are limited. If you are not accepted for a position during your preferred semester, application paperwork will be held for future openings, but will expire within a maximum of one year from the receipt date. We request that you contact us during the next open application dates and we will let you know what additional information we need from you at that time.

Thank you for your interest in our Internship Program. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Internship Coordinators

Amy Kelly

Maryland State Police
Forensic Sciences Division
221 Milford Mill Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

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