School of Health Professions

Genetic Counseling Summer Internship Program

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An Opportunity to Experience Genetic Counseling

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The Division of Genetic Counseling is proud to sponsor an internship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. This internship introduces college students to the field of genetic counseling and is designed to provide opportunities for clinical shadowing and an overall base knowledge of genetics and genetic testing. You will be exposed to genetic counseling in many different areas (prenatal, pediatric, adult/cancer) over the course of the internship.

The Division of Genetic Counseling is housed in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. With almost forty genetic counselors, we are one of the largest genetic counseling groups in the country and work together with the largest clinical genetics program in the country.  Please contact Andi Lewis, MS, CGC at amlewis@bcm.edu with additional questions. The next :application cycle for summer internships will open in the spring of 2021.

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Goals of Internship

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  • Participate in clinic case preparation and some administrative duties (as needed) to familiarize interns with common genetic conditions and practical aspects of genetic counseling 
  • Observe in various clinic settings including general pediatric, pediatric sub-specialties, prenatal, adult and cancer 
  • Attend weekly genetics case conferences and journal clubs
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Who Can Apply?

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This competitive summer internship program is for upper-level undergraduate students (juniors or seniors), or those whom have already completed their undergraduate degree. We are not able to accept international applicants at this time. Candidates must exhibit a specific interest in the field of genetic counseling and demonstrate that they have explored this field by shadowing or speaking to genetic counselors. Candidates must show an intention to apply to a genetic counseling training program.  Candidates must have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher to be considered. Candidates must have completed a college-level genetics course before applying for the internship. 

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Application Requirements

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  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) - This document should include: contact information, education background, prior work experience, research experience, listing of educational or community-related extracurricular activities, volunteer work 
  • Transcript/Proof of completion of a college level genetics course (an unofficial transcript is sufficient).
  • Personal statement (750 words or less). Provide an essay demonstrating your knowledge of the field of genetic counseling and explaining your interest in the genetic counseling internship. 
  • One letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should be from a recent academic or professional contact who is familiar with genetic counseling.
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Internship Details

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We anticipate selecting four interns for summer 2021 who will each spend four weeks interacting with genetic counseling faculty affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program."

The internship does provide a stipend, but does not include housing. Selected participants are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation. You are asked to commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week.

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How to Apply

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The program applications are closed. Please check back in the spring 2021, when next year’s application cycle opens.

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Contact Us

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Program Director: Dan Riconda, MS, CGC
Associate Program Director: Salma Nassef, MS, CGC
Program Phone: (713) 798-5400
Program Email: gcprogramadmissions@bcm.edu

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Apply to the Program

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Ready to begin your journey to becoming a genetic counselor? Learn about our admissions process and get started today!

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