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Summer Experiential Workshop

The Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling offers a summer experiential workshop in genetic counseling. This unique virtual workshop combines lectures, discussion and patient experiences to provide the interns with a broader view of the genetic counseling profession. This workshop is intended for those who are just starting to explore the field of genetic counseling as a potential career and want to learn more. 

We accept approximately 20 students each summer for the one-week workshop. We will also prioritize those who have not had observational experiences in genetic counseling.

Topics Addressed

  • Life as a genetic counseling graduate student
  • Firsthand experiences of genetic counselors
  • Thesis development
  • Ethical and cultural issues
  • Patient experiences
  • Disabilities and illness
  • Alternative careers for genetic counselors
  • Public health and current issues in genetic counseling
  • Graduate school application

Chicago-area genetic counselors serve as faculty, giving workshop attendees exposure to professionals with a range of experience from across the country who work in varied specialties.


There is no tuition for the workshop. We only accept applications of individuals who have completed their freshman year of college by the time the workshop is held. If you are not accepted into the workshop, it has no reflection on your ability to gain acceptance into our program.

Deadlines and Dates

  • Summer Experiential Workshop will be held virtually June 24-28.
  • Applications are due by the end of the day Friday, May 10.
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions by Friday, June 7.

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