The District 23 Medical Examiner's Office (MEO) supports the education of students interested in forensic pathology, medicolegal death investigation, medicine, and forensics by providing relevant learning opportunities, and work experience, as well as serving as mentors and role models. The District 23 MEO provides interns with the opportunity to observe (and occasionally assist) in autopsy examinations, shadow forensic investigators at death scene investigations, and assist in the various other activities this office is responsible for, giving the student a wide range of experience in the job duties employed by this office.
The District 23 MEO will only accept internship applications from students (or pre-students) with a focus on forensic pathology, toxicology, anthropology, and/or medicolegal death investigation. Internship opportunities are restricted to students in the following areas of study:
- Death Investigation
- Forensic Science
General Requirements of Internship
- Must be enrolled in a college or university at time of internship/volunteer.
- Must be earning college credit for participation in internship.
- Must be covered by college or university's liability insurance and provide documentation of coverage upon award of internship. (NOTE: If your school has a working relationship with this office, it is possible that they already have documentation on file.)
- Must be enrolled in a relevant major such as Natural Science, Biotechnology, Criminal Justice/Science, Nursing.
- Although hours are flexible in accordance with your program's requirements, a work schedule must be followed during the internship. This office need to know when you will or will not be present in order to schedule various work-related projects, other interns, etc.
- A background check will be performed by St. Johns County Administration prior to acceptance.
- The Medical Examiner's Office will work with the applicant to fulfill their educational institution's requirements for Internship hours. If no specific hours are required, a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) hours should be completed.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to an extraordinarily high demand for this internship program, please consider sending in your applications as early as possible (i.e. a semester or two prior to your desired start date). Applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis, as there are limited spots available each semester.
If you are interested in interning at the District 23 MEO, the following steps should be taken:
- Download the St. Johns County Volunteer Application, as well as the Intern Acknowledgment, and the Background Transmittal forms. Email these forms, as well as a letter of introduction and possibly a resume to Kelly Boulos (firstname.lastname@example.org), MEO Internship coordinator; and let her know of your intentions. She will then respond and attempt to set up a time for your two working interviews.
- Our policy is to conduct a 2 day working interview, usually on a Monday and Tuesday, as those days are typically the busiest for this office.
- During the working interview you will observe all aspects of this office, including but not limited to: Complete autopsies and their protocols.
- You may be asked to assist in inventory of deceased persons and collection of certain effects.
- You will meet the staff and sit down with Dr. Bulic to discuss your career/ schooling aspirations and goals.
- If, after the two days, both parties feel this would be a good “fit” then we will proceed with the paperwork.
- Please arrive at the working interviews on time. Bring your volunteer application, as well as any pertinent information (e.g. liability documentation from your school) with you.
- Once your application has been reviewed by this office, your performance has been evaluated, and the County's Personnel office and a background check has been completed, you will be informed on our decision in a very timely fashion.
- If you are chosen, your start date will be established, as well as your internship work schedule.
4501 Avenue A, St. Augustine, Florida 32095
Office: (904) 209-0820
Fax: (800) 255-8617