Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students from Communities that are Under-Represented in Genetic Counseling

Images of the three 2021 UPenn Genetic Counseling Summer Interns
Congratulations to our three University of Pennsylvania Genetic Counseling Summer Interns for 2021.


Full-time, six-week-long, paid summer internships at Penn Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

40 hours per week for six weeks @ $15/hour = $3,600

from Monday, June 13 - Friday, July 22, 2022

Designed for undergraduate students from diverse populations who are interested in careers in genetic counseling, the internships will provide exposure to a broad range of clinical genetics specialties, conferences and case conferences, research and laboratory work, shadowing in multiple clinical settings, and opportunities for one-on-one interactions with genetic counselors and current students.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must:
  • Be undergraduate students (current sophomores, juniors and seniors) from communities/populations that are under-represented in the field of genetic counseling
  • Have a keen interest in health professions and genetics
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed some college-level coursework in biology, chemistry and genetics
  • Be able to successfully complete criminal background checks and provide the immunization records (including for COVID-19) that will be required for clearance by the clinical sites
  • Have access to housing in Philadelphia for the in-person components of the internship

Internship Timeline

Friday, January 14, 2022 Applications Available
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 Application Deadline
mid-April Results Announced
May-June Clearances
Monday, June 13, 2022 Internship Begins
Friday, July 22, 2022 Internship Concludes


Internship Application

Four parts are required:

1.  An online application form, which can be found at

On the form there are links to upload the following three attachments.

Note: You can view the form at any time, but you will need to have all three attachments ready to upload when you complete and save the form.  Saving = submitting.

2. Responses to two prompts (250 words each):

a.  Explain your interest in a career in genetic counseling
b.  How would you contribute to increasing diversity in the field?

3.  A current résumé or CV

4.  An unofficial transcript from your college or university.

This program is made possible in part through the Alliance to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling which is funded by a grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation.