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Summer Internships

Undergraduate Summer Internships for Aspiring Genetic Counselors

The application for 2024 Summer Internships is now open

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. The internship is part of a multifaceted collaboration among five institutions: the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania, Sarah Lawrence College, Rutgers University, and Boston University.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to one or more of these internship sites through the single application link on this page.

About the Internship

  • Full-time, paid summer internships (40 hours per week for six weeks @ $17/hour = $4,080, pretax)
  • Internships run Monday, June 10, through Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Shadowing with genetic counselors in the Baltimore area
  • Exposure to a broad range of clinical genetics specialties
  • Participation in seminars, conferences, and case conferences
  • Exposure to and participation in 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 juniors or seniors).
  • 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.
  • Submit clearance paperwork, which includes criminal background checks, and provide the immunization records (including for COVID-19) that will be required for clearance by the clinical sites.
  • Have access to housing in Baltimore for the in-person components of the internship.

Internship Timeline

Friday, December 1, 2023 Applications open
Thursday, February 1, 2024 Application deadline
Beginning March 15, 2024 Results announced
March 2024 Interns apply for clearances
Monday, June 10, 2024 Internships begin
Friday, July 19, 2024 Internships conclude

Internship Application

  • Complete the online application form below.
  • You will need to upload into the online application:
    • A copy of your current unofficial transcript
    • Your current CV/résumé
    • Your response to the essay prompt: Explain your interest in a career in genetic counseling. How would participation in this internship be impactful to you? (500 word maximum)

Apply Here


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.