The Chemistry Department provides many opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom.
Co-op programs with local industrial firms
Internships provide an opportunity for the student to get realistic working experience, rather than thinking that their careers would be more like a TV series. The student will gain an appreciation of the many types of careers that are possible in forensics and also can begin the process of networking with working forensic scientists.
Student internships occur mainly in forensic laboratories in New York State, however, we have had students in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Ontario, Canada. Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental are required, so the student may make an appointment with the instructor any time after their junior year and when they are on their way to fulfilling the prerequisites.
Depending on their individual degree programs, chemistry majors may be employed as forensic chemists, middle and high school teachers, or chemists with industrial or governmental laboratories. Graduates may also attend graduate school to study medicine, advanced chemistry, or other programs.
Graduates have been hired as middle and high school teachers, quality control chemists, research chemists, and forensic consultants. Typical hiring firms include consumer product companies, pharmaceutical companies, engineering firms, and research and development companies.
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