Preparing for Career in Forensic Science

D.L. writes:
My daughter is a junior at the University of Dayton in Dayton OH and she is majoring in biology. She has a strong interest in forensic science and would like to get a summer internship whether paid or unpaid. She has had no luck with the local police department even though they have a crime lab here.
Where should she direct her energies to next? She has a 3.5 GPA and is a member of the Beta Biology Honor society and the Golden Key Honor society so she is a hard worker and has a good head on her shoulders. Any input you could give her would be appreciated.

The Career Doctor responds:
Your daughter sounds like a very good student — and she is wise to be thinking of obtaining some work experience through an internship prior to graduating. Internships are not only invaluable learning experiences where college students can hone their career interests but also one of the key methods for college students to gain “real world” work experience. Tell your daughter not to give up — that she should be able to find several other opportunities using some of the methods I describe below.
So how do you find your ideal internship? It’s a three-step process: determine your internship goals prepare/polish your job-search skills and find/track down internship sources.
Since it sounds as though your daughter has done the first two steps let’s jump to the third step.
There are multiple sources for college students searching for internships including:

  • your college’s career services office
  • the department office of your major (and minor)
  • networking sources (perhaps the strongest source)
  • internship and career fairs (local regional online)
  • company Websites
  • internship Websites
  • internship books and periodicals
  • cold contact
    Finally you can find much more depth on all three steps of finding an internship by reading my article: How to Find Your Ideal Internship.

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