The Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory (RISCL) offers several opportunities for students and the general public to increase their knowledge of forensic science and the State Crime Laboratory. Staff members conduct tours of the Laboratory to small groups (limit of 10 per tour). A virtual tour is offered to large groups through a PowerPoint presentation either at the University or at an off-site location. Public and private schools can contact the director to schedule a presentation. Social, corporate and civic groups can schedule a presentation through the University of Rhode Island’s Speaker’s Bureau.
High school students who have science projects or senior projects may schedule an interview with Laboratory staff and may attend the Forensic Science Seminars, which are free and open to the public. These seminars have been used by high school students to meet their quota of hours for senior or capstone programs.
A competitive internship program is offered during the summer to students in a forensic science related program of study at the undergraduate or at the graduate level at a college or university. The program is described in detail below.
RISCL Internship/Volunteer Program
Dates of Program
The RISCL Internship/Volunteer Program accepts up to a maximum of two (2) interns for placement each summer. Internships are only offered during the summer. No internships will be offered during the school year.
Types of Internships
All RISCL Internships are unpaid volunteer positions. All students who meet the program requirements are welcome to apply. Internships may be taken for academic credit. The amount of academic credits that a student receives is usually pre-determined by their school.
Types of Students
The RISCL Internship/Volunteer Program accepts applications from graduate and undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:
- Majoring in a life science, physical science or forensic science
- Minimum GPA of 3.00
- In good standing with their school
- Graduate students must have completed at least two academic semesters
- Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours
Please note: Social science majors such as criminal justice, anthropology, and sociology do not meet the educational requirements of this program. Online forensic science programs usually do not meet the educational requirements unless they include a significant hands-on laboratory section.
Placements for interns vary depending upon the level of education and the need of the Laboratory. Typically, an intern is assigned a rotating schedule including but not limited to each of the following Laboratory sections: Latent Prints, Trace Evidence, and Firearms. Specific alternative assignments may be pre-arranged to accommodate an intern’s program of study/research project. Evaluations are completed on all students.
Hours of Work
The internship will be conducted Monday – Friday during normal business hours. Actual hours will be set based on staff availability and number of credit hours required by the student’s school.
The RISCL application process consists of two (2) levels. Applicants must satisfy the requirements of each level before proceeding to the next level.
- Internship Application (Level 1) – Upon request, an application will be sent to you. Please complete the application and return with a cover letter, official college transcripts and resume to the Rhode Island State Crime Lab.
Please note incomplete packages will not be processed.
- Interviews (Level 2) – Completed application packages will be reviewed by an interview committee. Based on this review, the committee will select the applicants who will move to the interview stage. The interviews are almost always conducted in-person and are scheduled during normal business hours. Alternate accommodations may be made in certain circumstances.
- Applications for the 2015 program may be requested beginning January 1, 2015. The last day to request an application is by March 27, 2015.
- Application/documents, cover letter, college transcript and resume must be postmarked no later than April 10, 2015.