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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. 

The selected intern will assist genetic counseling faculty members with case preparation, as well as educational and administrative projects throughout the six weeks. The intern also will have the opportunity to observe prenatal, cancer, pediatric and Huntington's disease genetic counseling sessions, and attend monthly tumor and fetal board meetings. A stipend will be provided. 

How to Apply

Applications accepted Jan. 1, 2018 – Feb. 1, 2019 

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Statement of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript(s)

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 February 1. Special consideration will be given to South Carolina natives, especially those of backgrounds underrepresented in the profession, as well as students with limited access to observational experience. 

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

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

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  becomoing a well-rounded, successful genetic counselor in the future. 
-Ashlee Vargason, 2016

Throughout this internship, I have learned so much about DNA, mutations, chromosomes, cells, anatomy, diseases, syndromes, heredity and so much more that goes into the wonders of genetic counseling. But more so than learning scientific facts, I have really identified a much deeper understanding of genetic counseling as a practice and a profession.
-Camerun Washington, 2015


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