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Does anyone know of any genetic counseling shadowing or internship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area?

I'm a junior biology major and am hoping to apply to grad school next year.

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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Marissa:

When I was exploring genetic counseling as a career, I called counselors in my region from the organization NSGC.org. After they agreed to let me interview them about their career (5-10 min) I asked if they knew of any shadow opportunities. Eventually I found one! Also try to connect with program directors at schools you are considering and ask them for any suggestions (after you do the steps above).

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

Visit the site NSGC.org
Call genetic counselors in your area.
Interview them about their journey
Ask them for any shadow ideas.
Reach out to grad school program directors.
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Martha’s Answer

Hi, Marissa, this is an excellent question, and I love the ideas that Michelle provided.

If you haven't already done so, I would recommend checking with the career counseling center at your college, the biology department office, your academic advisor, and some of your biology professors.

Also does your college have an alumni careers network? My alma mater does and offers undergraduates shadowing and internship opportunities. Even if your college doesn't, they may be able to connect you to alumni working in genetic counseling.

Good luck!

Martha recommends the following next steps:

Check on-campus resources that I mentioned
Contact alumni from your college who perform genetic counseling
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