Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a two-week Genetic Counseling Laboratory Internship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. The internship gives students who are currently enrolled in a master's degree genetic counseling program direct exposure to the genetic counseling role in clinical genetic laboratories.

The internship includes experiences in cytogenetics, molecular genetics and biochemical genetics, with a primary experience in one of these areas.

Housing accommodations are provided to students for the duration of the internship. Transportation to and from Rochester, food, and local transportation are the student's responsibility.

Program goal

The goal of the Genetic Counseling Laboratory Internship is to offer students the opportunity to obtain knowledge and experience in the field of genetic testing and laboratory genetic counseling by working directly with genetic counselors employed in a genetic laboratory.


The Division of Laboratory Genetics at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester includes state-of-the-art facilities for cytogenetic, molecular genetic and biochemical genetic testing. The combined expertise of these areas allows the division to actively contribute to the study of genetic disease and the advancement of genetic testing and related technology.

Board-certified directors and genetic counselors work closely with health care providers and laboratory staff to ensure that accurate, reliable and timely results are available to patients.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Genetic Counseling Laboratory Internship, students receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


For the majority of the internship, students are expected to be present Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Hours vary by rotation.

Students should expect to spend time during the evenings and weekends working on the many assignments and presentations to be performed as part of the internship. Interested students may contact Elyse B. Mitchell, CGC, for sample schedules and expectations.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences accepts a limited number of students to its Genetic Counseling Laboratory Internship. This ensures that students receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

Nov. 28, 2016