An Opportunity to Experience Genetic Counseling

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, genetics research experience and an overall base knowledge of genetics.

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 for Human and Molecular Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. With over 30 genetic counselors, we are one of the largest genetic counseling groups in the country and work with the largest clinical genetics program in the country. Please contact Andi Lewis, MS, CGC, with additional questions. We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2019. The application cycle for summer 2020 will open in January 2020.

Goals of Internship

  • Assist with clinic case preparation to familiarize interns with common genetic conditions
  • Observe in various clinic settings including general pediatric genetics, pediatric sub-specialties, prenatal, adult, cancer
  • Attend weekly genetics case conferences and journal clubs
  • Participate in research by completing a mutually agreed upon project that will be selected upon the start of the internship and will be presented to the department at the conclusion of the internship

Who Can Apply?

This competitive summer internship program is for upper-level undergraduate students (juniors or seniors), or those who have already completed their undergraduate degree. 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 (unfortunately we will not be accepting applications from students with in-process genetics courses).

Application Requirements

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: This document should include: Completed contact information, education background, prior work experience, listing of educational or community related extracurricular activities.
  • Transcript/Proof of completion of a college level genetics course (an unofficial transcript is sufficient).
  • Personal statement: Write an essay demonstrating knowledge of the field, interest in the internship, past experiences that shaped your interest, and skills you hope to acquire/improve during the internship. Include your name in document header.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Provide two letters of recommendation from recent academic or professional contacts. Please have your recommenders email their letters directly to adminintern@bcm.edu.

Internship Details

Dates of Internship: June 4-Aug. 2, 2019

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