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Summer Internships

Undergraduate Summer Internships for Aspiring Genetic Counselors

The application for Summer 2023 internships opens on December 1, 2022.

The Warren Alpert Summer Scholars Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is designed for undergraduate students from diverse populations who are interested in careers in genetic counseling.

About the Internship

  • Full-time, paid summer internships (40 hours per week for six weeks @ $15/hour = $3,600)
  • Internships run Monday, June 12, through Friday, July 21, 2023
  • Shadow with genetic counselors in the Baltimore area
  • Exposure to a broad range of clinical genetics specialties
  • Seminars, conferences and case conferences
  • Research and laboratory work
  • One-on-one interactions with genetic counselors and current students
  • Networking opportunities with other genetic counseling interns

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Be undergraduate students (rising sophomores, juniors or seniors) from communities/populations that are under-represented in the field of genetic counseling (racial and ethnic minority, individual with a disability, first-generation college graduate, individual from a low-income background).
  • Have a keen interest in health professions and genetics.
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed some college-level coursework in biology, chemistry and/or genetics.
  • Be able to submit paperwork for criminal background checks and provide immunization records (including for COVID-19) within one week of acceptance.
  • Have access to housing in Baltimore for the in-person components of the internship.

Internship Timeline

Dates 
Thursday, December 1, 2022 Applications open
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 Application deadline
Beginning March 15, 2023 Results announced
March 2023 Interns apply for clearances
Monday, June 12, 2023 Internships begin
Friday, July 21, 2023 Internships conclude

Internship Application

Four parts are required:

  1. An online application form (the 2023 form will be available on December 1st)
    Toward the bottom of the application form, there are links for uploading the three attachments listed below.
    Note: You can view the form at any time, but you will need to have all three attachments ready to upload when you complete and save the form. Saving = submitting.
  2. Responses to two prompts (250 words each):
    • Explain your interest in a career in genetic counseling.
    • In actively helping to diversify the field, what may be some ways to promote the inclusion of underrepresented voices in genetic counseling in the future?
  3. A current résumé or CV
  4. An unofficial transcript from your college or university

Apply Here
(available December 1, 2022)

The Undergraduate Summer Internships are a project of the Alliance to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling which is funded by a grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation.