Abbie Campbell, Chemistry ’21, spent the summer of 2020 working as an intern at the Kern County Regional Crime Laboratory. "I went into this thinking this could be just like CSI," Abbie told the department, "but I didn't realize it would be all of these different units bringing things together." During her time interning she shadowed the Crime Lab's five units: Firearms, DNA, Drugs, Toxicology, and Evidence Control. Shadowing these units gave Abbie a new perspective on what really happens in a forensic laboratory, from evidence collection to sample testing. In the firearms unit she got to work with Evofinder, a Ballistics Identification System. In the DNA unit, she organized known reference samples. She got to use various color tests to analyze drug samples, with supervision, in the Drug Unit. She also got to shadow evidence technicians at Crime ScenesAs she told the department in her internship presentation, "My favorite part was shadowing court...it was when I really found out Forensic Chemistry was for me. ...It was so cool to see the whole process come together."
Bri, Forensic Science '16, worked with Charles Walsh. Charles is a retired FBI agent who established the FBI's first Evidence Response Team (ERT) in the Boston, Massachusetts Division and an expert in fingerprint identification. During her internship, Bri assisted in the education of field officers concerning collecting and processing fingerprint evidence. To do so, she learned a variety of methods and techniques, understanding where each would be most preferred. After her internship, Bri transitioned this opportunity to a part time job as an AFIS Fingerprint Entry and Verification Technician, where she worked with fingerprint evidence for both criminal and civil cases.