Summer Experiential Workshop

The 2022 Summer Experiential Workshop is canceled. Please check this webpage for future updates.

The Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling offers a summer experiential workshop in genetic counseling. This unique workshop combines lectures, discussion and patient experiences to provide the interns with a broader view of the genetic counseling profession in preparation for graduate school. We accept approximately 20 students each summer for the one-week workshop.

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 application deadline for the 2021 Summer Experiential Workshop has now passed. Applicants will be notified about admission decisions by the end of May.

The 2021 Summer Experiential Workshop will take place from June 21-25. Due to ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workshop will take place virtually.

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