Caddo Parish Coroner's Office

Intern Training


The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office offers an Internship Program for those interested in learning death investigation procedures and processes. Those interested in pursuing a career in the fields of criminal justice, forensic science and any medical related field are welcome to apply.

In order to participate in this program each applicant must be at least 18 years of age, and must complete and return a waiver form prior to the start of the program. Internships normally last 2 – 4 weeks (but may vary) and generally occur only during the summer. We are very limited as to how often internships are offered and how many interns may be accepted. There is also a very thorough process to approving an internship due to the privacy and sensitivity of our cases.

Any applications on file are reviewed at the beginning of the next internship program (usually summer). The applicants who are selected for the internship will be contacted by our office for further processes. There is no need to follow up with our office regarding internship as we will reach out to the applicant if they are approved for further consideration. We keep applications on file approximately 2 years. If that time frame has passed, you may fill out another application for future reference.

During participation in the program:

  1. Interns will be exposed to the inner working of the office, field work and various investigations.
  2. Any information gathered through any investigation and/or witnessed by the intern must be kept confidential.
  3. At the discretion of the Coroner or Coroner Investigator, the intern may be allowed to enter a traumatic scene, however they will be required to follow all instructions given for their safety and the security of the scene.
  4. Interns are NOT allowed to carry a firearm, even if he/she has a valid permit.
  5. Upon arrival interns must be appropriately dressed.

An Intern Shares Her Summer Experience:

Hi! My name is Emily and I just completed a five (5) week internship with the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office. During this internship, I was able to follow the investigators on their shifts and participate in filing reports, scene investigations, external body examinations and even observe autopsies. I was also able to interact with other agencies such as the Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office, LSU’s pathology department, crime scene technicians and other local agencies to learn about their roles in each case. I also learned from each group about various aspects of the specific scenes, such as firearms analysis, disease diagnosis, photography and impression evidence. I learned that this profession can be very stressful at times and takes courage to do this job. Nevertheless in the end it can be very rewarding to know that you helped the family of the deceased find the peace they need to carry on with their lives. Lastly, I learned that this is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Something to note: As an intern, you will be exposed to a lot so be prepared. You will investigate everything from in patient deaths to multiple traumas. This is not for the weak of heart or stomach, but it will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life.

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