UC Coroner’s Office Grants Internships for ECHS Students


Abigail Hoffman

This year, our internship program at Marysville Early College High School partnered with the Union County Coroner’s Office as Senior Death Investigator Lance Emberling and Investigators Haley Spriggs and Jim Fish worked with four senior ECHS – Abigail Hoffman, Ashley Mason, Kennedy Parsons and Riley Sherick – who have completed their internships at the coroner’s office. Ms. Spriggs is responsible for the training and education requirements for each intern, as well as the ongoing training of all investigators in the office.

At the coroner’s office, articling students can get off to a great start in this career path. Throughout the internship experience, interns will take tests based on the information needed to earn their national certification. They also gain valuable experiences, experiences that they will use to take college courses toward a degree in criminal justice, forensic science, or experience in another related field (e.g., paramedic, nurse ).

The national test can only be taken after schooling has been completed and they are associated with a coroner’s office. This requires approximately 18 to 24 months of training in addition to the additional schooling required. Ms. Spriggs spoke about the intensity of the course and the textbook requirements.

“We’re preparing these students with materials before they graduate from high school so they can be successful when they’re ready to take the test for national certification,” Ms. Spriggs said.

Throughout the internship experience, each student is required to learn and test the basic information and skills required for this area. If a student does not pass the first time, they have a second chance to pass this test, however, if they still do not pass the test, they will be released from the program.

Kennedy Parson

It is unlike any other internship that ECHS students attend. After the end of the first semester of this internship, students have the option to continue. Students should know many medical terms and drug conditions in the second part of the internship, mainly focusing on the pathological process of the body. This prepares them to react to a scene or help the pathologist determine the cause and manner of death. A large amount of paperwork is involved in this part of the internship. Mr. Emberling emphasizes that the intern student “must commit to this internship to be successful”.

“This internship is unlike any of our other partners who run internships,” said Tammy Cooper, ECHS Internship Coordinator. “It’s very intense, and we’re lucky that (Mr. Emberling) and his team are so willing to participate with our high school interns.”

According to one of the student interns, Kennedy Parsons, said, “It was both challenging, but such an exciting internship for me.”

Trainee Ashley Mason said she knows this career path is what she wants to continue doing in her future.

The most exciting part of the internship at the coroner’s office is the opportunity to travel to these inquest scenes and gain experience that interns couldn’t get anywhere else.

Of course, this option and the internship as a whole are not for everyone. Not only is there an immense amount of vital information the trainee must learn before observing scenes, but working in such a serious environment is emotionally taxing.

(Not pictured Ashley Mason and Riley Sherick)


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