Caddo Parish Coroner's Office


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

While CPCO has certain minimum qualifications for its candidates, applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or any other legally protected status.  Each step of our selection process is vital in helping us select dedicated individuals to serve the residents of Caddo Parish.

In order to participate in this program each applicant must be at least 18 years of age and must complete and return an application and waiver prior to the start of the program. Interns will undergo an interview if being considered for the program. It is of utmost importance that interns dress and act appropriately during their time with Caddo Coroner’s Office.  Interns are NOT allowed to carry a firearm, even with a valid permit.

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 or witnessed by the intern must be kept confidential
  3. At the discretion of the Coroner or Investigator, the intern may be allowed to enter a traumatic scene, however they will be required to follow all instructions given for safety and scene security.

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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