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Coroner Internship Program

Applicants for internship with the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older and provide the following documents via electronic submission through the application form:
    • Scanned copy of valid driver's license or valid state issued photo identification.
    • Scanned copy of valid health insurance card.
    • Uploaded copy of resume.
    • Uploaded essay on the student's understanding of the duties of the coroner's office, statistics in Westmoreland County on caseloads/investigations, coroner laws within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and how the internship will be relevant to the student's educational experience/major.
      • The essay is to be at minimum 500 words, double spaced, with PROPER spelling, grammar and punctuation.  Research information can be found on this website and the internet to assist you in your writing.
    • To be considered for participation, applicants must receive college credit and the internship must be a requirement for their major.
    • High school students receiving school credit may be considered for participation.
  • Upon receipt of application and all above documents, an interview will be scheduled with the Coroner and/or Internship Coordinator. Application and all documents must be received by the deadlines listed below.  
  • Applications received without ALL required documents will be incomplete and not considered for review.
  • Applicants are advised to submit applications WELL in advance.
  • Mandatory drug testing will be completed on each applicant who is offered an internship. 
  • Internship sessions and application deadlines are as followed:
              Fall Session                          Spring Session                    Summer Session
  August 15th - December 31st       January 1st - May 14th        May 15th - August 14th                             
       Application Deadline                 Application Deadline             Application Deadline
               June 15th                              October 1st                           March 15
  • Preference will be given to individuals pursuing careers and/or education in the following fields:
    • Criminology / Criminal Justice
    • Forensic Science
    • Mortuary Science
    • Law Enforcement   
  • Successful applicants must be willing to participate in all aspects and duties of the coroner’s office including, but not limited to:
    • General office duties (answering phones, logging information, data entry, and filing)
    • Scene investigation (general investigations under the supervision of a deputy coroner)
    • Autopsy observation
  • Interns will maintain a log or journal of their experience throughout their internship and submit it to the coroner at the conclusion of their internship.
  • Internships are conducted during each semester and over the summer on the daylight shift only.
  • A minimum attendance of (24) hours per week is required. All internships are unpaid.