Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a two- to three-month Genetic Counseling Internship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. The internship gives students currently enrolled in a genetic counseling master's degree program direct exposure to a clinical genetic counseling role.

The Genetic Counseling Internship includes experiences in cancer genetics, adult-onset conditions and research. Initially, students observe multiple types of genetic counseling cases, and later are expected to actively participate in the genetic counseling session. In addition, students enrolled in the internship work one-on-one with a genetic counselor in order to obtain the comprehensive clinical knowledge and skills needed to be a genetic counselor.

Living accommodations, transportation and meals are the student's responsibility.


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Affiliated institutions

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences will initiate a legal contract or affiliation agreement with the student's degree-granting institution if one is not already in place. Permanent or ad hoc affiliations with programs may be attained as desired per American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) guidelines.


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. On the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix is the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

The Scottsdale campus also offers excellent education facilities, including classrooms, lecture halls, an extensive library and computer lab. The Samuel C. Johnson Research Center, a 75,000-square-foot building, houses scientists, trainees and students focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry, and surgical research.

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, assists in making patient diagnoses by providing the evaluation, interpretation or correlation of clinical laboratory data and test methodology. The department is state and federally licensed and is accredited by the College of American Pathologists.

Clinical laboratory testing is performed by a highly skilled team of pathologists, physicians, scientists, clinical laboratory scientists, clinical laboratory technicians, biologists, chemists, geneticists and other specialists.

Certain extremely specialized tests may be obtained through Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, using a dedicated overnight courier or telephone consultation. Anatomic pathology consultations also are available on cases in which glass slides or tissue blocks can be submitted for microscopic examination using Mayo Clinic's state-of-the-art testing and results reporting technology.

The large repertoire of test services, large volume of specimens received for testing, and the diverse and highly educated faculty members make Mayo Clinic an ideal educational setting for students in clinical laboratory science training programs.

Graduation and certification

Students who complete the Genetic Counseling Internship will obtain further clinical training for the completion of their Master of Science degree. In addition, students may obtain logbook cases approved by the ABGC.


For the majority of the Genetic Counseling Internship, students are expected to be present Monday through Friday during normal business hours, though hours may vary by rotation.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits one to two students to its Genetic Counseling Internship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona. This ensures you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

July 03, 2014