(a) The Department of Justice, through its California Criminalistics Institute, shall
develop and coordinate an internship program in forensic DNA analysis for graduate-level
(1) Candidates for the program must possess at least a baccalaureate degree.
(2) The program shall be associated with graduate academic programs at accredited
postsecondary institutions including the University of California and the California
(3) The program shall include a one-year internship at a public forensic DNA laboratory
for which the interns shall receive a stipend or fellowship funded by the Department
(4) The program shall be designed to prepare students to meet national standards for
DNA analysis, such as those established by the DNA Advisory Board (DAB) and the Scientific
Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM).
(5) In order to complete the program, interns shall be required to successfully complete
a national certification examination like that administered in forensic molecular
biology by the American Board of Criminalistics.
(b) Funding for the provisions of this measure shall be subject to both of the following
(1) The Department of Justice shall establish a working partnership and affiliation
with accredited postsecondary institutions that can provide graduate-level academic
(2) The Department of Justice shall submit a budgetary request for the internship
program to the Director of the Department of Finance by May 15, 2002.
(c) The provisions of this act may only be implemented to the extent funds are appropriated
for their purposes in the annual Budget Act.
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