“You work a lot more with live people than you do with dead people.”
That’s how Makayla Morris describes her internship with the Marion County Coroner’s Office. Morris spent the summer there and is now joining their ranks as a deputy coroner after she was offered a position before she even has her diploma in hand.
Morris came to IUPUI as a forensics major, but quickly realized living in a lab wasn’t what she wanted. That’s when she found SPEA’s criminal justice degree.
“I liked that you got a lot of hands-on experience in SPEA,” she says. “Criminal justice courses help you learn how to deal with people in real-life situations rather than just working with specimens in the lab.”
Morris switched majors, keeping forensics as her minor. It was in a forensics class that a deputy coroner came to speak to students about the job and the internship opportunities available to all students.
“Before that, I thought I wanted to work crime scenes,” she says. “Then I heard the deputy coroner describe what they do and knew that was what I had been looking for.”
So what does a deputy coroner do?