Genetic Counseling Internship

Applications for the 2018 Genetic Counseling Summer Internship are being accepted through February 28.

The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) is offering a Genetic Counseling Summer Internship for students interested in a career in genetic counseling. The 8-week IIHG Summer Internship Program, intended for undergraduate students and recent graduates, is an excellent opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in genetic counseling. This internship focuses on genetic counseling, under the direction of a genetic counselor at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Prior human genetics experience is not a requirement, however applicants should have successfully completed undergraduate genetics coursework prior to the internship. The IIHG Summer Internship is open to anyone interested in genetic counseling, and is especially beneficial for students with limited access to human genetics opportunities at their home institution. Please note this is a competitive internship, therefore preference will be be given to upper-level undergraduate students and recent graduates. 

The IIHG Summer Internship provides students with:

  • Full-time, hands-on projects in genetic counseling and personalized genomic medicine
  • Enrichment activities, including seminars and workshops on graduate school and careers
  • A cost-of-living stipend to help cover room and board

The IIHG will provide assistance with the following:

***The IIHG is not able to assist financially with moving or Visa expenses

Clinical Experience

Interns will have the opportunity to shadow genetic counselors in multiple specialty clinics including, but not limited to, Huntington disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, general neurogenetics, Genetic Renal Disease, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Maternal Fetal Medicine, prenatal, perinatal care, Cardiogenetics Clinic, Pediatrics Genetics, and Personalized Genomic Medicine clinics. The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics Clinical Diagnostics Division Laboratory offers a variety of molecular testing, including next generation sequencing tests. Interns may observe all aspects of testing from DNA extraction to the multidisciplinary team interpretation of results.

Stipend

Selected interns will receive a summer stipend of $3,400

Internship requirements

Selected interns will present two 15-20 minute talks during their summer experience, focusing on an interesting case or diagnosis and including a literature review of the chosen topic. Interns will also develop disease-specific patient education materials. All interns are required to attend and participate in orientation, intern presentations, and selected seminars throughout the 8-week period.

Dates

The program dates are June 4 through July 27, 2018

The internship will be 8 weeks in duration, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am-5:00pm. If absent, interns will be required to make up hours with the approval of their mentor. This includes vacation days.

Application - Applications for the 2018 Summer Internship will be accepted from February 1 through February 28, 2018.

A complete IIHG Summer Internship application includes:

  • The application form
  • Personal statement (should not be more than 1 page)
  • Two letters of recommendation - submitted through the application portal
  • Official college transcript(s) - sent from your school either electronically to iihg@uiowa.edu (preferred) or by mail:

IIHG Summer Internship Program

285 Newton Road, 5292 CBRB

Iowa City, IA, 52242-1078

Complete applications for the Summer 2018 Internship are due by February 28, interviews will be held in early/mid-April, and a decision will be made by the end of April.

This program seeks to improve diversity in the biological sciences. Disabled students, minority students, and disadvantaged students (economically or first in family to attend college) are especially encouraged to apply.

Iowa Institute of Human Genetics

The IIHG is a statewide resource to promote clinical care, research, and education that focuses on the medical and scientific advances around the human genome. Established in August 2012, the IIHG seeks to integrate activities in human genetics through multi-disciplinary research, education, and clinical care that is focused on the medical and scientific significance of variations in the human genome. Selected interns will be exposed to all aspects of the IIHG by participating in IIHG conferences and rotating in the IIHG Research and Clinical Diagnostic Service.

Iowa City in the Summer

Iowa City gets consistently high ratings from national indexes of great places to live, combining the community atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flair. It offers an abundance of cultural, historical and recreational opportunities similar to those in a large city. The downtown area has a pedestrian mall with unique shops, restaurants and live music, and hosts yearly events such as the Jazz Festival, bike and road races, and several art festivals. In addition, Iowa City is an active community with many hiking/biking trails and parks to explore. The IIHG Summer Internship program encourages students to take advantage of the many opportunities Iowa City has to offer in the summer.

What do I do if I want to shadow a genetic counselor?

Anyone interested in the field of genetic counseling is encouraged to attend at least one of our education events (they are free of charge), either Careers in Human Genetics Day or Applying to Graduate Programs in Genetic Counseling. To learn more about the field on your own, we encourage you to go to www.nsgc.org.