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NYSP Forensic Investigation Center (ID: 109836) for Summer 2024


Division of State Police

1220 Washington Avenue Building #30
Albany , NY 12226
E-Mail: personnel@troopers.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 457-3840

Division/Unit: Seized Drugs Section


Web Site: https://troopers.ny.gov/(New Window)


Proposal Information


The Seized Drugs Section analyzes substances seized under the state's laws restricting the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of abusive-type drugs. Case submission types include drug sales, possessions, clandestine drug labs, overdoses, date rapes, and drug substitution cases.

Evidence that is suspected of containing a controlled substance (as defined by the New York State Public Health Law, Section 3306) is generally weighed and tested using a combination of preliminary and confirmatory tests. Techniques and instrumentation utilized include color tests, thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, and liquid chromatography. Some substances require quantitative analysis for purity determination.

As New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are increasing in prevalence, the Seized Drugs Section must consistently adapt to be able to recognize and confirm new analogues and designer drugs.



good writing skills

good research skills

hands-on lab experience


Internship Areas: Criminal Justice/Corrections, Investigations, Pharmaceutical, Scientific Research

Logistical Information

Payment? Unpaid

Number of Hours: 30 or more

Location: Albany

Number of Interns Needed: 1

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing Junior

Minimum Standing: Junior

Degree Concentrations: Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, Natural Science, Pharmaceutical Studies, Physical Science