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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Genetic Medicine
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Summer Internship

The Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling offers a summer internship in genetic counseling. This unique internship combines lectures, field trips, discussion and patient experiences to provide the interns with a broader view of the genetic counseling profession in preparation for graduate school. We accept approximately 20 students each summer for the one-week internship.

Topics addressed during the internship include:

  • What it’s like to be a genetic counseling graduate student
  • Firsthand 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 interns 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. 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.

Deadlines and Dates

The dates for the Summer 2020 internship program will be announced in February 2020, at which point applications will start being accepted. Please do not send in any application materials at this time.

How to Apply

To apply, email one official or unofficial copy of your college transcript(s) and a one-to-two-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 via email to

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