The Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling is proud to offer a Summer Internship in Genetic Counseling. This unique internship combines lectures, field trips, discussion, and patient experiences to provide the interns a broader view of the genetic counseling profession and preparation for graduate school. We accept approximately 15 students for a one week internship.
Below are some examples of topics covered during the internship:
- What it’s like to be a genetic counseling graduate student
- First hand experiences of genetic counselors
- Thesis development
- Ethical and cultural issues
- Patient experiences
- Disabilities and illness
- Alternative careers for genetic counselors
- Public health and current issues in genetic counseling
- Preparing your application to graduate school and next steps
In addition, the students will tour facilities for individuals with disabilities or chronic illness. Chicago-area genetic counselors serve as faculty, giving you exposure to professionals with a range of experience from across the country who work in varied specialties.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we will only be accepting applications of individuals who have completed their sophomore year of college by the time the internship is held and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The primary goal of the internship is to provide an opportunity for individuals to become more familiar with the profession; therefore, we will prioritize individuals who are located in an area that may have limited opportunities to shadow or interact with a genetic counselor. Please be aware that if you are not accepted into the internship program this has no reflection on your ability to gain acceptance into the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling.
There is no tuition for the internship. However, interns are responsible for all costs associated with travel, accommodations, and meals.
To apply, send one official or unofficial copy of your college transcript(s) and a 1-2 page essay addressing your interest in the field of genetic counseling, and how this internship will be beneficial to you. Please include your name, address, email and phone number on your essay. The transcript and essay may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or via postal mail to:
Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling
645 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 630
Chicago, IL 60611
Summer 2019 Internship
Dates for the Summer 2019 Internship are still TBD, and applications are not currently being accepted. Please check back in February of 2019, when we will announce the internship dates and start accepting applications.
Please contact us for more information.