An Opportunity to Experience Genetic Counseling
The Division of Genetic Counseling is proud to sponsor an internship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. This internship introduces college students to the field of genetic counseling and is designed to provide opportunities for clinical shadowing and an overall base knowledge of genetics and genetic testing. You will be exposed to genetic counseling in many different areas (prenatal, pediatric, adult/cancer) over the course of the internship.
The Division of Genetic Counseling is housed in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. With almost forty genetic counselors, we are one of the largest genetic counseling groups in the country and work together with the largest clinical genetics program in the country. Please contact Andi Lewis, MS, CGC at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions. The next :application cycle for summer internships will open in the spring of 2021.
Goals of Internship
- Participate in clinic case preparation and some administrative duties (as needed) to familiarize interns with common genetic conditions and practical aspects of genetic counseling
- Observe in various clinic settings including general pediatric, pediatric sub-specialties, prenatal, adult and cancer
- Attend weekly genetics case conferences and journal clubs
Who Can Apply?
This competitive summer internship program is for upper-level undergraduate students (juniors or seniors), or those whom have already completed their undergraduate degree. We are not able to accept international applicants at this time. Candidates must exhibit a specific interest in the field of genetic counseling and demonstrate that they have explored this field by shadowing or speaking to genetic counselors. Candidates must show an intention to apply to a genetic counseling training program. Candidates must have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher to be considered. Candidates must have completed a college-level genetics course before applying for the internship.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) - This document should include: contact information, education background, prior work experience, research experience, listing of educational or community-related extracurricular activities, volunteer work
- Transcript/Proof of completion of a college level genetics course (an unofficial transcript is sufficient).
- Personal statement (750 words or less). Provide an essay demonstrating your knowledge of the field of genetic counseling and explaining your interest in the genetic counseling internship.
- One letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should be from a recent academic or professional contact who is familiar with genetic counseling.
Thank you for your interest in the BCM Genetic Counseling Internship Program. As of December 2020 our committee is exploring whether it will be possible to provide an internship experience in the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this website in March 2021 for a final decision.
How to Apply
The program applications are closed. Please check back in the spring 2021, when next year’s application cycle opens.