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Genetics Student Affiliation

About the Children’s Health Genetics Department 

  • The only pediatric genetics department in the DFW area staffed by genetic counselors
  • The department acts as a hub for the Texas Department of Health’s newborn screening program
  • Subspecialty clinics include general genetics, metabolism, newborn screening, and Down syndrome

Overview of the Genetic Counseling Internship/Summer Rotation

  • We offer 1-2 unpaid summer internships per year for current genetic counseling masters degree students, to be completed between the 1st and 2nd year of study
  • All rotations are at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas campus
  • The intern is expected to be present 40 hours per week for the duration of the internship, which is generally between 4-8 weeks in length
  • The internship consists of supervised genetic counseling, constructive feedback, case preparation, and other projects as needed
  • The internship requires that an affiliation be in place between Children’s Health and the graduate
  • Below is a list of schools currently affiliated with Children’s Health. We will consider adding additional schools with genetic counseling programs on a case by case basis:
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • University of South Carolina
    • University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston
    • Howard University

Overview of Student Observation

  • Individuals interested in the genetic counseling profession who are intending to apply to a genetic counseling masters degree program may apply to observe during clinic any time during the year
  • All rotations are at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas campus
  • All student observers will need to complete a background and medical check through Volunteer Services prior to beginning their observation
  • A minimum commitment of 24 cumulative hours of observation is required
  • Days of the week and hours for observers are flexible, but clinic generally is held from 8:30am to 4:30pm

For more information/ questions

Yvonne Varnadoe