Summer Experiential Workshop

The Summer Experiential Workshop will resume this summer. Please see key dates and details below.

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. Priority will be given to individuals with diverse identities and/or experiences. 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

The applications for the 2023 Summer Experiential Workshop will open March 1 and close April 30. Applicants will be notified about admission decisions by May 26.

The 2023 Summer Experiential Workshop will take place from June 26-30. The workshop will be 100% virtual.

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