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Genetic Counseling Internship (Arizona)

Program description

Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) offers a 2– to 6–month Genetic Counseling Internship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. The program provides experience working with a genetic counselor that will enable students to complete a rotation requirement of their respective genetic counseling graduate school training program. Students will work one–on–one with a genetic counselor and be able to initially observe multiple types of genetic counseling cases and later actively participate in the genetic counseling session. In addition, students enrolled in the internship program will be able to work with a genetic counselor to obtain the comprehensive clinical knowledge and skills needed to be a genetic counselor.

Program goals

Students who complete the internship program in genetic counseling will obtain further clinical training for the completion of their Master of Science degree in this discipline. In addition, students may obtain logbook cases approved by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).


For students currently enrolled in an accredited genetic counseling training program, the internship can become a program recognized by the ABGC. Upon recognition from the ABGC, graduate students can use cases in which they participate for their logbook.

Mayo Foundation is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.

  • Higher Learning Commission
    • 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
      Chicago, IL 60602-2504
    • Phone: 800-621-7440 (toll-free) or 312-263-0456
    • Fax: 312-263-7462


Mayo Clinic in Arizona opened in 1987 as a premier academic medical center in the southwestern United States, where advanced programs in medical research and education support the highest-quality patient care.

The Scottsdale Campus is centered around a beautiful five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains 240 exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, a pharmacy, a patient-education library, an endoscopy suite and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in more than 66 medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

The Scottsdale Campus 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.

On the Phoenix Campus, the state-of-the-art 200+-bed Mayo Clinic Hospital, which opened in 1998, is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo. It has been recognized as "the Best Hospital in Phoenix" several times by Phoenix magazine.

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona assists in making patient diagnoses by providing the evaluation, interpretation or correlation of clinical laboratory data and test methodology.

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 in Rochester, Minn., using a dedicated overnight courier or telephone consultation. Anatomic pathology consultations are also 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, the large volume of specimens we receive for testing, and our diverse and highly educated faculty members make us an ideal educational setting for students in clinical laboratory science training programs.

The Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology in Arizona is state and federally licensed and is accredited by the College of American Pathologists.


During your internship, your learning schedule will occur Monday through Friday. Hours will vary with rotation.

Class size

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

  • Jan 2, 2013
  • ART448764