Program overview

Duration: 2-3 months
Class size: 1­­-2 students
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

This internship gives you direct exposure to a clinical genetic counseling role. The internship includes experiences in cancer genetics, adult-onset conditions, and research. Initially, you will observe multiple types of genetic counseling cases, and later will actively participate in the genetic counseling session.

In addition, you will work one-on-one with a genetic counselor in order to obtain the comprehensive clinical knowledge and skills needed to be a genetic counselor.

To be eligible to apply for the Genetic Counseling Internship, you must be currently enrolled in an accredited two-year master's program in genetic counseling. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences will initiate a legal contract or affiliation agreement with your degree-granting institution if one is not already in place. Permanent or ad hoc affiliations with programs may be attained as desired per American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) guidelines.

Applicants are selected based on grades, work and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of individual qualities and skills in a personal letter.

Students who complete the Genetic Counseling Internship will obtain further clinical training for the completion of their Master of Science degree. In addition, you may obtain logbook cases approved by the ABGC.

How to apply

To request application materials, contact:

Education Coordinator
Phone: 480-301-8370


The internship allows graduate students in genetic counseling an opportunity to gain important clinical experience. You will be exposed to a variety of counseling experiences and be able to attend case conferences, journal club, Medical Grand Rounds, and other teaching opportunities available during the rotation. You are also able to pursue or initiate research interests in genetic counseling.

During the internship, learning experiences allow you to:

  • Experience a variety of genetic counseling sessions with a certified genetic counselor
  • Enhance your interests in genetics through the continuation of your thesis project
  • Participate in selected genetic counseling cases
  • Assist a genetic counselor with clinic activities

As a genetic counseling intern, you will have the opportunity to observe these types of genetic counseling cases:

  • Predictive testing for adult-onset disorders
  • Hereditary cancer syndromes


For the majority of the internship, you will be expected to be present Monday through Friday during normal business hours, though hours may vary by rotation.

Tuition and financial aid

There is no tuition for the internship.

You are responsible for providing your living accommodations, transportation and meals.

You may hold outside employment during the internship if it does not conflict with your program responsibilities.

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