Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services


Internships at DCLS

Are you interested in pursuing a career in public health or laboratory science? Now YOU can help promote and protect the health and safety of all Virginians! Internships at DCLS provide a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in one of the most diverse public health laboratories in the Nation. As an intern, you will have the chance to participate in a variety of laboratory activities and interact on a daily basis with public health and emergency response laboratorians. The experience gained from the completion of a DCLS internship will strengthen your credentials as you prepare for a career in public health.

DCLS internships are project-oriented and are designed to be mutually beneficial to the intern and the laboratory. DCLS does not offer internships consisting solely of "shadowing" experiences. Projects will vary based upon DCLS initiatives. Successful candidates will be assigned to a project within one of the analytical or support sections at DCLS!

DCLS internships take place during the summer as a full-time (~40 hour/week) commitment for approximately 10 – 12 weeks.


Internships take place during the Summer months. Recruitment for Summer 2019 is complete. Please check back this Winter for the Summer 2020 application packet and information to be posted.


Internship Program Areas

  • Biomonitoring
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Emergency Preparedness (biological and/or chemical)
  • Environmental Microbiology and/or Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology/Food Safety
  • Immunology/Virology
  • Infectious Disease Pathogen Detection
  • Informatics
  • Molecular Subtyping
  • Newborn Screening
  • Quality Assurance/Safety/Auditing
  • Training/Communications/Media/Laboratory Systems Improvement

Internship Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a Virginia resident, at least 18 years of age and either:
    • Be enrolled as a rising Junior, Senior, or Master's Degree candidate in a science or public health-related program at a College or University (in state or out of state).
    • Have recently graduated from a science or public health-related Bachelor's or Master's Degree program at a College or University (in state or out of state).
  • Submit a current resume or CV.
  • Submit a transcript from each higher learning institute attended that is listed on the application (official or unofficial will be accepted).
  • Submit a letter of reference and completed reference form from an academic professional with knowledge of the applicant’s coursework.
  • Applicants must have maintained a cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must be able to provide immunization records, as requested, if applicable to area of work.
  • Applicants must be legally eligible for employment in the United States in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
  • ALL selected candidates must successfully pass a criminal background check. 
  • No hand-written, late, or incomplete applications will be accepted.

How to Apply

Stay Tuned! DCLS will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2020 Internship Program in Winter 2019. Check back then for more details and the complete application packet.

Paid internships are full time day shift experiences, requiring candidates to commit to a 40 hour work week. They will occur during the summer, typically for 10 – 12 weeks, beginning in May or June. The exact internship start and end dates will be coordinated with the specific internship mentor.


For questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions, below, or email us at: DCLSinternship@dgs.virginia.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

Our internships occur within our state-of-the-art laboratory facility located at 600 N. 5th Street, Richmond Virginia.

DCLS does not offer housing recommendations or stipends. If you are accepted into the program please plan to arrange for your own housing prior to beginning your internship.

Possible resources for housing in the area may be found at:

If accepted into the program, the compensation will be paid hourly at a rate of $14/hour for the hours worked. Compensation does not include health insurance, benefits or payment for holidays or hours not worked.

Internships are a 40 hour work week during day shift over the summer months, typically beginning in May or June. The exact internship start and end dates will be coordinated with the specific internship mentor taking into consideration the student's school schedule and other planned vacation dates.

DCLS anticipates internships lasting between 10-12 weeks during the summer

Interns will be assigned an internship mentor that will evaluate all requests for time off during the internship period in order to assure that requested time off will not negatively impact the internship project or experience.

DCLS assigns all interns a laboratory mentor and a project that will benefit the DCLS mission and the interests and goals of the intern. Our intent is to provide a hands-on laboratory experience/project to all interns to allow them to gain practical knowledge and experience in the field of public health. Mentors will provide full project details including scope and objectives upon acceptance into the program.

DCLS interns will be provided the opportunity to work in a fast paced, diverse public health laboratory environment with potential opportunities to interact with public health officials at the local, state and federal levels. Interns will gain an understanding and hands-on experience with a variety of testing procedures and instrumentation used to analyze samples received by DCLS. The specific types of samples, methods and instrumentation that interns will work with will depend on which laboratory they conduct their internship in at DCLS.

At this time, DCLS is not accepting interns for shadowing/short term experiences. If you would like to learn more about the work performed at DCLS, we encourage you to contact Crystal Barrett at crystal.barrett@dgs.virginia.gov to participate in a tour of the facility and discuss future opportunities at DCLS outside of the DCLS Internship Program.

DCLS will not acknowledge receipt of an application unless specifically requested by the applicant.

Possibly, if the deadline has not passed. You can resubmit a complete application packet postmarked by the official application deadline or you can submit a detailed letter identifying your complete contact information and what additional item(s) are to be added to your application. DCLS suggests you contact the internship email address directly to inquire about the status of your application.

All applicants will receive a notification of their internship acceptance status, via email, no later than 60 days after the official application deadline.

Internship applications, deadlines, requirements, and additional information are located on our website. Check back often to see if the internship program is open and accepting applications.