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Coroner: Hayley Thompson


The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has established an unpaid internship program for students and professionals who are studying, or will be studying, forensic science, criminal justice or related field, as well as, private citizens interested in working for the Coroner’s Office with a strong interest in the field. Interns will have the opportunity to work in both the Investigative and Pathology Divisions for a complete medicolegal death investigation perspective. Interns will be introduced to the responsibilities, objectives, and duties of each division in addition to becoming familiar with the policies and procedures, and being present during investigations and examinations. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern and will provide continuous education in this field.

Interns will have the opportunity to learn the daily functions of the Coroner’s Office in addition to responding to death scenes with the Coroner or Chief Deputy Coroner. Interns will be taught the principles in body examination, handling and processing evidence, witness questioning, forensic photography, locating next of kin, and other investigative duties under direct supervision of existing staff. Interns must maintain a log of their experience throughout the internship and provide a presentation to the Coroner’s Office at the completion of their internship.

Qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Minimum of 12 weeks commitment, seasonal (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).
  • Required to be in the office 1 day a week (9am-5pm)
  • Knowledge in human anatomy
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills, be self-motivated, behave professionally, demonstrate good judgment, and have the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must possess a current Washington State Driver’s License and pass a background check


  • Applications will be accepted continually, however, only three (3) interns will be accepted each quarter to allow for other interns to have an opportunity.
  • The Intern is not entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship and the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

How to apply:
Please send your application to the Skagit County Coroner’s Office; Internship Division at the above listed address. Be sure to include transcripts (if you are a student) and letter of recommendation from an educational institution or from a personal reference. Due to limited openings, interviews will be conducted prior to acceptance into the program. For more information, please contact Coroner Hayley Thompson at (360) 416-1995 or