Program overview

Duration: 8-10 weeks
Class size: 1-2 students
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

During this internship, students work one-on-one with a genetic counselor. You are able to initially observe multiple types of genetic counseling cases and later actively participate in the genetic counseling session.

In addition, you are able to work with a genetic counselor to obtain the comprehensive clinical knowledge and skills needed to be a genetic counselor.

To be eligible for the internship, you must be currently enrolled in an accredited two-year master's degree program in genetic counseling. Mayo Clinic works with your program to become an approved clinical rotation site.

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

How to apply

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by March 31.

  1. Online application. Complete the online Application for Admission. After you sign in to the ApplyYourself tool, select Application for Admission. Do not select Lite Application.
  2. Supporting documentation. Submit these materials:
    • An official transcript of all college and university credits
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • A statement of your professional goals in your essay in the online application

    Send the required materials that are not completed online, along with any transcripts, to:

    Education Coordinator
    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    4500 San Pablo Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32224
    Email: MCFMSHS@mayo.edu

  3. Interviews. Applicants considered for this internship will be contacted for an interview.
  4. Acceptance. Appointment letters are mailed by April 15. If you receive an appointment letter, your reply is expected within 10 days. Your appointment to the program is dependent upon successful completion of the other admissions requirements, including a background check and drug screen.

Curriculum

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

During the internship, learning experiences allow the intern to:

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

Genetic counseling interns have the opportunity to observe these types of genetic counseling cases:

  • Predictive testing for adult-onset disorders
  • Hereditary cancer syndromes
  • Exposure to rare adult-onset genetic disorders

Hours

During your internship, the learning schedule is Monday through Friday. Hours vary based on clinical rotation.

Tuition and financial aid 

Tuition rates are determined by and paid to the college or university at which you are enrolled. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences charges no additional fees for the Genetic Counseling Internship.

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.

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

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