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Coroner: Hayley Thompson


The Skagit County Coroner's Office offers an unpaid internship opportunity for students and professionals who are interested in the field of forensic science and want to learn about and assist with daily operations at the Coroner's Office. Interns will work with the Investigations and Pathology Divisions for a complete medico-legal death investigation experience. Interns will learn the responsibilities and duties of each division and become familiar with the policies and procedures of the Skagit County Coroner’s Office.  Interns will be present during scene investigations and autopsy examinations.

At the conclusion of the internship, interns will be expected to present to the staff on a medicolegal death investigation related topic of their choice. A short exam will also be given to test the knowledge acquired during the internship.


Qualified candidates will be upper division students pursuing a degree in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, Biological Sciences, or a related field. A professional in the field of law enforcement, medicine, emergency medical services, fire services, or mortuary services with basic knowledge of forensic science will also be considered.

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be able to commit 12-16 hours per week for a minimum of 2 months.
  • Must be available to respond to calls after hours, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must live within 30 minutes of the office
  • Must be comfortable while interacting with the public both in person and via phone
  • Must have a professional appearance suitable for meeting with members of the public
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills, be self-motivated, behave professionally, demonstrate good judgment, and have the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and be willing to drive the county vehicle to scenes with investigator

Time Commitment:
Internships are offered year-round and applications will be accepted continually. Depending on the number of interns enrolled in the program, there might not be current openings.

Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment or include employee benefits, this offers participants an excellent experience in working with a county coroner’s office. It also provides an opportunity for interns to explore career options, gain knowledge and skills that complement their academic studies, build resumes and network with professionals in the death investigation environment.

How to apply:
Candidates will need to complete an internship application and upload a resume and cover letter to be considered. The cover letter is an opportunity for applicants to describe career and academic goals and to elaborate upon personal interests/accomplishments related to the internship. Resume must include relevant education, work experiences, and community involvement.

Applications can be sent to the Skagit County Coroner’s Office or emailed to Once an application is submitted, the selection process includes a review of application materials, an interview and thorough background check.