Brandeis has embarked on a new internship structure beginning with the current second year class to provide our students with a broader experience and better prepare them for the many opportunities available to practicing genetic counselors. Students will do one long internship in the summer between their first and second years and 2 short internships in each of the fall and spring semesters of their second year.
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Clinical Internships: Students begin their clinical training during the summer with a 30-day rotation in one of the three major practice areas: pediatrics, prenatal or cancer. This rotation can either be six weeks full time or fewer days per week for a longer duration. Having a long rotation first allows students to really work on their skills and increase their comfort level in the role of a clinical genetic counselor. During the second year, students will have four shorter 14-day (7 week) rotations, at least two of which will round out the three required practice areas.
Laboratory Internship: Each student will do a short rotation in a diagnostic laboratory that performs genetic testing offered in a clinical setting. The laboratory internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in areas such as diagnostic testing methodology, variant interpretation and report generation. This exposure will be valuable for students when explaining genetic testing to their patients and for any who may work in a laboratory setting during their career as a genetic counselor.
Flex Internship: The remaining rotation during each students’ second year will be tailored to their individual interests. Options may include an additional internship in one of the three major practice areas, or an adult or specialty genetics clinic, working with a genetic counselor who does clinical research or volunteering with an advocacy organization.
Below is an example internship schedule for any given student. The order of the short internships for each student will vary based on lab and clinical site availability and the interests and needs of each student.