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Summer Internship

We're pleased to invite applications for a six-week summer internship. Designed to promote understanding of the genetic counseling profession, the internship is excellent preparation for graduate education in genetic counseling. 

Our Diversity Recruitment Initiative strives to enrich the profession by educating genetic counselors who reflect the individuals and families we serve.  

The selected intern will assist genetic counseling faculty with case preparation, as well as educational and administrative projects. They will have the opportunity to observe prenatal, adult, cancer, pediatric and Huntington's disease cases and attend monthly tumor and fetal board meetings.

The internship is a 6 week term, agreed upon between the student and faculty.  The Genetic Counseling Program does not provide housing; however the selected intern will receive a stipend to assist with housing/traveling cost(s). 

This is a wonderful opportunity for mentorship. Come learn with us!

How to Apply

Applications accepted Jan. 1 – Feb. 1  

To apply, please submit all supplemental materials no later than Feb. 1. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

  • Statement of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferred to be submitted directly by recommenders
  • Unofficial transcript(s) (official required upon acceptance)
  • Demographic Questions

To submit via email (preferred): 

To submit via mail:

Genetic Counseling Program 
Summer Internship
Two Medical Park, Suite 208
Columbia, SC 29203

The program will review applications for the genetic counseling internship, interview selected candidates through video conference and award the internship by March 1. 

Questions about the application process? Contact us at

You may also be interested in our online course: Genetic Counseling: Career for the Future.

What Students are Saying

During my internship I was able to see countless cases that varied in specialty. I was  afforded the opportunity to observe pediatric genetic counseling at Greenwood Genetic Center and Huntington’s disease genetic counseling at USC’s HD Clinic. In addition to these clinical opportunities, I had the chance to travel to Epworth’s Early Intervention Center, Greenwood’s case conference, breast and GI cancer conferences, and the Children’s Hospital to speak with a doctor specializing in palliative care. These experiences have afforded me the opportunity to see first-hand the joys, challenges, routines, anomalies, and excitements of genetic counseling!
Callan Russell, 2019
Stanford University Genetic Counseling Program

This summer at the University of South Carolina, as the genetic counseling intern, I learned more than I believed possible. Before this experience, I had little exposure to the field of genetic counseling and no exposure in either the realms of prenatal or cancer counseling. This internship provided such great insight into all the aspects of the genetic counseling profession and helped solidify my desire to become a genetic counselor in the future.
-Aubrey Hite, 2017
UNC Greensboro Genetic Counseling Program

As a student in the state of Mississippi, I am quite limited to genetic counseling exposure and experiences in my area. The University of South Carolina was able to offer me opportunities to gain experience in the field of genetic counseling that I would have never gotten otherwise. I am beyond thankful for my six weeks of learning, observing and gaining hands-on experience that will be essential in my  becoming a well-rounded, successful genetic counselor in the future. 
-Ashlee Vargason, 2016
University of Maryland Genetic Counseling Program


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