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Internship Program at Genetic Alliance

Washingtonian Great Places to Work 2009 The Internship Program at Genetic Alliance has been in place since 1997. Genetic Alliance internships enable individuals to contribute meaningfully to significant work in empowering individuals, families, and communities to reclaim their health. Interns are an integral part of the Genetic Alliance team, and assume responsibility for various aspects of programs and projects. Interns are expected to be self-starters, self-guided, and able to work independently. Our program is extremely competitive. We provide internship opportunities of varying duration, from semester to year-long. In the past, most interns have been college students, but we encourage individuals in various stages of their academic and professional careers to apply.

Design your internship experience around one or more of the following areas:

We offer both topic-based and skill-based internships. When considering the internship opportunities, you may be interested in:

  • A specific topic and you have a number of relevant skills
  • A specific skill and you are agnostic to the topic (but are interested in health in general)
  • A specific skill you wish to apply to a specific topic

Your expression of your creativity and ingenuity begins with the application: use the cover letter to describe why you are an excellent fit for the internship for which you are applying. If selected to intern with Genetic Alliance, you will be encouraged to develop and propose your own projects to the organization. See other requirements below.

Topic Based Internships

Skills Based Internships

Application Process:

Qualifications/Requirements
In the past, most interns have been college students, but Genetic Alliance encourages individuals in various stages of their academic and professional careers to apply. The organization does require, however, that individuals demonstrate through previous experience a passion for improving health systems to better meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities or have previous experience in the internship for which they are applying. Genetic Alliance internships are highly competitive and encompass work requiring prior knowledge in each specific program.
 
Location of Internship & Transportation
Genetic Alliance is conveniently located adjacent to the Van Ness metro stop on the Red Line in Washington, DC. Address: 4301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 404, Washington, DC 20008 (See Directions)
 
Academic Credit
Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between Genetic Alliance and the intern’s college or university. All interns are subject to the applicable Genetic Alliance Personnel Handbook.
 
Acknowledgments and Compensation
All interns receive a stipend to assist in travel and living expenses: full-time interns receive a stipend of $100/wk, and part-time interns receive a stipend of $50/wk. We gladly work with interns to accommodate class schedules, volunteer opportunities, degree requirements, and attending meetings of interest. 

International applications are welcome, however, Genetic Alliance does not sponsor international applicants for a work visa or offer assistance in relocation fees.

Each applicant may choose only one position for which to apply. Experience for each specific position must be addressed in a cover letter.

Intern applications are considered on an ongoing basis. We offer single and multi-semester internships, in addition to summer or yearlong opportunities. Intern applications are considered on an ongoing basis. Internship Suggested Deadlines:

Fall/Winter: July 18
Winter/Spring: Rolling Admission
Summer: March 1

Submitting Your Application Materials

Because Genetic Alliance encourages environmentally friendly behavior, we prefer applicants to email their application materials to Kyle McEvilly at internship@geneticalliance.org. Due to the volume of applications we receive each year, only those applicants who are asked to interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest.

Read What Summer 2014 Interns Experienced

"My time at Genetic Alliance has been truly wonderful and I have gained so much valuable insight and experience in a field that has always intrigued me. This internship has certainly increased my interest in public health and has helped me decide that this is indeed a career path I’d like to pursue!"

"Genetic Alliance provides a great opportunity for interns to serve active roles in a variety of projects relating to the advancement of genetic technology and health advocacy. During my time here, I felt engaged in my projects and felt that my work was meaningful."

"No one judges your work or thinks it is less important than anything else. Genetic Alliance is like a factory for papers, projects, and networking strategies."

"This internship allows the freedom to let your interests direct what kind of work you do. Interns have the chance to hone research and writing skills as they learn about data sharing, drug development, and ethical, legal, and social issues related to genetics. Interns spend a majority of their time doing meaningful work rather than busy work."

"Genetic Alliance is more of a community than an office. It fosters each individual's creativity and unique perspectives while also supporting group interaction and engagement."

"From a group effort towards contributing to Disease InfoSearch to collaboration on an entirely new development project, an internship at Genetic Alliance allows you to freely learn about the interdisciplinary field of public health, while utilizing a variety of skills, such as research, writing, and critical thinking. It was an amazing experience!"

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