Internship Program at Genetic Alliance
The Internship Program at Genetic Alliance began in 1997. Since then, interns have come to Washington, DC each year for the learning experience of a lifetime. The program offers exposure to cutting edge issues in health advocacy and research, and interns participate in challenging roles across all Genetic Alliance programs. Interns may attend an event at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, help build a patient registry survey, or conduct outreach to a vast network of health advocacy organizations - and those are only a few examples of intern activities. This competitive program is a perfect start for anyone wanting to jump into the field of health advocacy!
"Genetic Alliance has a very laid-back environment that allows you to set your own goals. I enjoyed having the freedom to tackle my projects any which way I liked. It allowed me to hold myself accountable for everything during the internship." (Nancy Matti)
"The staff allowed me to explore interests that were beyond Free The Data, which was very exciting. Unlike in other companies, Genetic Alliance relies on their interns to supply a significant amount of significant work which enables you to take ownership of projects." (Erika Lutins)
"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!" (Lyndzie Sardenga)
"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." (Meggie Hotard)
"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." (Kavia Khosla)
"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." (Petra Schubert)
"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!" (Joowon Choi)
A day in the life of a Genetic Alliance Intern: attending the "Genome: Unlocking Life's Code" exhibit with
NIH Director Francis Collins at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
Major Topic Areas
Skills Based Internships
Application Process: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.
- 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 above 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.
- 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 to apply for one or more positions. 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 a rolling basis, but suggested deadlines are as follows:
Winter/Spring: November 14
Summer: February 20
Submitting Your Application Materials
Applications are only accepted by email. Please send your materials to Kyle McEvilly at firstname.lastname@example.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.