Internship Apprentice Program

Laura Pettler & Associates ( is the only Victim-Centered Death Investigation firm in the world that assists law enforcement agencies and families through their attorneys in criminal death investigations and wrongful death actions. Coupled with LPA’s Murder Room and empirical research-based quantitative and qualitative forensic genoenvirosocioculturalism victim-centered death investigation methodologies, LPA is the inventor and sole manufacturer of the Kaleidoscope Crime Scene Reconstruction System sold in 30 countries. LPA built and operates the LPA International Forensics Institute ( of continuing education courses in online, ground, and in hybrid formats. Steady influx of new cases gave rise to the creation of nine U.S. Domains each with a Domain Command Centers.

Firm: Laura Pettler & Associates

Intern Title: Case Analyst Intern Apprentice, Entry Level

Divisions: Casework, Product Line, Tribal Outreach, Marketing

Full or Part Time: Intern Apprentice’s personal discretion

Work Schedule: 20 hours minimum per week, Intern’s personal discretion for a period of one month to 24 months

Salary: None

Compensation: Free online courses in the

Location: LPA Headquarters, LPA Domain Headquarters, Remote

Duties & Responsibilities: LPA Intern duties and responsibilities vary based on the needs of LPA and the intern's level of experience. LPA interns are assigned basic office work such as copying and filing, updating case files, assembling trial binders, reading and tagging case material, forensic science, forensic psychology and other types of internet and courthouse-based research, client assistance, and aiding the firm with death investigations, case reviews, marketing and social media, new case intake, case presentations, trial preparation, courtroom preparation, Kaleidoscope sales, manufacturing.

Supervision: LPA Associates, Tactical & Strategic Field Operations Associates, LPA Consultants, and LPA Staff act as supervisors. It is LPA’s responsibility to:

  1. Orient the intern to LPA including policies, programs, divisions, and procedures.

  2. Share knowledge and experiences with the intern, which will help him/her grow professionally.

  3. Assign responsibilities to the intern that are consistent with LPA’s mission.

  4. Provide opportunities to attend seminars, workshops, etc., pertinent to LPA mission during internship.

  5. Complete a letter of recommendation for the intern’s file when internship is successfully completed.

  6. Meet weekly with supervisors for feedback and evaluations.


  1. Must pass LPAIFI’s Crime Scene Staging Dynamics in Homicide Cases online LPAIFI class with 92% or above demonstrating going above and beyond minimum course expectations.

  2. Written essay on three questions:

    1. Identify, describe, and discuss your death investigation philosophy.

    2. Identify, describe, and discuss your opinions on confidentiality as it relates to investigations.

    3. Identify, describe, and discuss how you expect to benefit from an LPA internship.

  3. Intermediate skills in internet, email, word processing, formatting, presentations, multimedia, spreadsheets, etc.

  4. Short learning curve for learning CrossTRAX Case Management System

  5. Strong attention to detail  

  6. Experience conducting research  

  7. Interested in learning about death investigation

  8. Very task-oriented  

  9. Self-starter  

  10. Excellent organizing skills

  11. Excellent critical thinking/problem solving skills  

  12. Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Application Process:

  1. Step 1: Completion of essay, upon acceptance essay, FREE enrollment in the LPAIFI online class.

  2. Step 2: Successful completion of the online class, upon acceptance internship interview scheduled

  3. Step 3: Internship Interview, upon acceptance, application submission and authorization for full background investigation

  4. Step 4: Clear background investigation, Acceptance of Offer of Internship