There has been much interest in deaths due to the severe winter storm which struck our community recently, particularly deaths due directly to the cold weather, or hypothermia deaths. Unfortunately, these types of deaths require a thorough investigation into the relevant environmental conditions as well as assessment of the individual’s underlying health conditions, often including additional laboratory testing. Therefore, these deaths take several weeks to adequately investigate and determine. Thus, the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office does not currently have an accurate count of these types of deaths and may not for some time.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office offers a unique internship that provides a great learning experience for students who are preparing for a career in the Medicolegal Death Investigation field. It is a hands-on program that allows the students to learn about the field in real world situations through observations, interviews, and experiences.
The internship program is offered to students who are currently enrolled and are/will be classified as “seniors” at a local university or college, are seeking degrees that require an internship for graduation, and possess a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the field of study. Field of study may be Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Biology, or Anthropology.
Any college or university student interested in obtaining a full description of and application packet for the Investigations Internship Program should contact the BCMEO Intern Coordinator, Meghan Ryan, at Meghan.Ryan@bexar.org.