Information and deadlines for Internship positions at the United States Postal Service Forensic Laboratory Services (FLS) in Dulles, VA (located approximately two miles from Dulles Airport in northern Virginia) and in our Digital Evidence laboratory located in Richmond, CA.
- The FLS internship coordinator consults with the lab personnel to gather information about the types of internship projects proposed. A scientist at the laboratory must be willing and able to be the mentor for each project and intern chosen. Past projects have included studies in trace evidence analysis, drug chemistry, quality control, instrumental method validation and library construction, latent fingerprint processing, and digital evidence. The final projects depend on the needs of the laboratory and the interests and qualifications of the interns applying for positions, and vary throughout the year.
- Please note: digital evidence internship opportunities are currently only available at our Richmond, CA location; Physical Science/Questioned Document/Fingerprint/Quality Assurance/Evidence Handling internship opportunities are only available at our Dulles, VA main laboratory location.
- INITIAL CONTACT Students interested in applying for positions should, depending on the policies in place at their schools, contact either the internship coordinator at their school or the USPS FLS internship coordinator at LETolli@uspis.gov explaining their objectives in pursuing an internship and attaching a résumé and college transcript (the transcript(s) can be unofficial).
- Internship applications for 2020 will be taken on a rolling basis starting November 12, 2019 until all positions are filled. As information, internships can occur throughout the year, not just during the summer.
- RESPONSE TO INITIAL CONTACT The information received is reviewed at FLS. The student will receive a response within two weeks of the initial contact to confirm receipt of materials. Based on the screening of initial application materials, candidates will be notified whether they will be considered for an interview. Interviews will be conducted by, at a minimum, the Internship Coordinator and the project mentor.
- COMPLETING AND PROCESSING THE FINAL APPLICATIONS
- Successful individuals are sent the full application packet. The completed full applications are due at least three months before the start date of an internship. Selected applicants are forwarded for the security clearance and drug screening.
Additional practical information:
- Graduate students are preferred.
- The internship positions are unpaid.
- The laboratories in Dulles, VA and Richmond, CA are not readily accessible by mass transit;
- interns should have the use of a car to reach the laboratory.
- The start/end dates of internships are decided by mutual agreement between the prospective
- intern and laboratory prior to the submission of the final application. All interns must commit to working at least 120 hours at the laboratory, preferably longer. Additionally, although exceptions are possible, interns should be available to come in at least 3 full (8 hour) days a week.
- All internship applicants must have completed at least two years of higher education progressing toward a degree in a natural science for positions in Physical Sciences (trace/drug chemistry)/Questioned Documents/Fingerprints/Quality Assurance or in computer/information technology for positions in Digital Evidence.