What it Means to Work a Case
At the Cold Case Analysis Center (CCAC) at The College of Saint Rose, students apply what they learn in their classes to real-life situations. With a cold case internship, students can become valued members of the team and work side-by-side with law enforcement to bring justice to families of crime victims.
Students have described catching the “cold case bug” during their time in the forensic science internship program, which is often the driving force behind their determination to find new information for the cases.
Some students are assigned as case leaders who coordinate their groups’ activities. This leadership role helps them develop confidence as they guide their group to becoming an effective team unit.
The college’s media presence helps cultivate the students’ communication skills throughout their cold case internships. This growth improves their ability to effectively broadcast their ideas to the community.
What do CCAC interns do?
- Organize and decipher real crime files
- Work with law enforcement
- Interact with victims families and community organizations
- Identify suspects
- Make recommendations for forensics
- Reconstruct crime and map victims’ last steps
- Interpret crime scene photos
- Complete archival research to establish the context of the crime
- Locate people related to crime
- Assist in media outreach and podcast creation to bring community attention to various cold cases
What Students Say
“I’ve worked with the Cold Case Analysis Center for a little more than half a year now, and I’ve learned so much from this experience. It’s very eye-opening to work on actual cold cases, but it does feel nice to be able to try to bring some closure to families still wondering what happened to their loved ones. It’s also been very fun working with such like-minded students working together with the same goal.”
The course, CJS494, is a two-credit internship that is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters for students majoring in either Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science or Criminal Justice, Behavior and Law degree programs.
To be eligible for the internship, students must have taken one of the following courses:
- CJS 341 Criminal Profiling
- CJS 340 Sex Crimes and Paraphilia
- CJS 324 Serial Crime
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