The Genetic Counseling Internship allows graduate students in genetic counseling an opportunity to gain important clinical experience. Students are exposed to a variety of counseling experiences and are able to attend case conferences, journal club, Medical Grand Rounds and other teaching opportunities available during the rotation. Students are also able to pursue or initiate research interests in genetic counseling.

During the internship, learning experiences allow the student to:

  • Experience a variety of genetic counseling sessions with a certified genetic counselor as well as a board-certified medical geneticist
  • Enhance interests in genetics through the continuation of the student's thesis project
  • Participate in selected genetic counseling cases
  • Assist a genetic counselor with clinic activities


Genetic counseling interns have the opportunity to observe these types of genetic counseling cases:

  • Predictive testing for adult-onset disorders
  • Hereditary cancer syndromes
  • Exposure to rare adult-onset genetic disorders

Grading or evaluation

Mayo School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

July 27, 2016