The DNA Internship Technical Assistance Program (TAP) at Marshall University offers the forensic science community low-cost, pre-trained graduate students skilled in performing customized internal evaluation and validation of DNA technologies based on customer specifications.

Students are qualified as Technical Assistants upon meeting lab competency requirements. Their knowledge and skills include but are not limited to instruments, commercial kits, manual methods, and software programs common to most DNA Crime Lab Units.

The Marshall University Forensic Science Center (MUFSC) can provide one or more Technical Assistants with technology-specific training and education to meet your laboratory’s evaluation and validation needs. This 12-month program begins with each student receiving training during the fall and spring semesters. Each student completes this rigorous 9-month training program in our state-of-the art facilities.

After satisfying lab competency requirements, the Technical Assistant will be prepared to successfully complete the project of your design on-site in your lab for 3 months (a maximum of 12 weeks). Internships are available summer semester only for 10-12 weeks.

Accreditation:  The DNA lab meets the accreditation standards in ISO17025:2005 and the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic Casework and DNA Databasing Laboratories.

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