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Internship Program at Genetic Alliance

This internship pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me skills that will certainly benefit me in the future. Being immersed in the disease advocacy community has furthered my passion for genetic counseling, and I am eager to see where this career takes me!                               - Angela Vito, 2019

The Internship Program at Genetic Alliance began in 1997. Since then, interns have come to Genetic Alliance 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.

This competitive program is a perfect start for anyone wanting to jump into the field of health advocacy!




     How to Apply    

My favorite thing about the internship has been the relationships I've been able to form with both staff and my fellow interns. Even though we are working remotely, I feel very connected and grateful for the opportunity to be working alongside such incredible people.                        -Virginia Scott, 2020

Stakeholder Research and Engagement Internship

For Genetic Alliance, advocacy-led research means more than research conducted with participants at the table. It means that the people—groups of patients and activated communities—are truly leading the research effort, empowered with infrastructure and expertise. Interns interested in this work will help support Genetic Alliance’s tools, partnerships, and projects that build capacity in communities, enable new cross-sector partnerships, and place control in the hands of the people, empowering them with a greater sense of ownership over their health data.

In more than three decades of supporting advocacy organizations and collaborating with clinical, policy, research, and other health institutions at the federal, state, and local levels, Genetic Alliance has cultivated a vast network. We believe the participation and leadership of diverse stakeholders is imperative for elevating voices; leveraging stories; identifying the most impactful research questions; informing successful participation and retention; generating insight for value assessment, quality product development, and effective project execution; and— ultimately—ensuring that knowledge makes its way back to people for better care.

Opportunities for projects include: the Promise for Engaging Everyone Responsibly (PEER), Genetic Alliance BioBank, the Genetic Alliance IRB, and Disease InfoSearch.

These internships are valuable for those interested in public health, advocacy, health and/or clinical research, health information technology, medical school, nursing, allied health professions, health education, community-based health work, novel healthcare approaches, formative research, writing, resource development, and evaluation, community advocacy, engagement, and outreach.

We are seeking candidates with strong research and writing capabilities, excellent verbal and written communication skills.

During my internship with Genetic Alliance, I felt that interns are truly being appreciated and expected to serve active roles in various projects related to health advocacy. New ideas are always welcome here, and initiatives are encouraged.                      -Sijia Chen, 2020

Expecting Health: Maternal and Child Health Internships

Expecting Health shares science-based and policy-informed information that reflects the lived experiences of individuals and their families. We do this through the power of relationships; convening the top experts; working with key leaders in health; and engaging with families and communities at the center of the conversation. We believe that new and expecting families, regardless of makeup, income, or background, should and deserve to expect health. We simply don’t think it needs to be this hard.

The Expecting Health internship program is valuable for those interested in health education, genetic counseling, health policy, advocacy and outreach, research, business development, and new and traditional media relations.

Expecting Health Digital and Social Media Internship

The Digital and Social Media Intern will work with a range of team members and on projects relating to family engagement, newborn screening training and awareness-building, prenatal testing content development, and across all communications channels including our Baby’s First Test related platforms. This internship runs for a semester, but specific dates will be determined as part of the application process.


Application Process

Remote summer internship spots are limitted. The deadline to submit an application is May 10, 2022.

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.

This internship is unpaid – you will not be financially compensated for the duties performed at Genetic Alliance.


Genetic Alliance Interns come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, but all interns share a common passion for disrupting health systems to create paths to better health.

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.

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.
  1. Download and fill out the Application Form.
  2. One (1)-page letter of interest or cover letter (strictly enforced) – Please share with us how working with Genetic Alliance will advance your professional and academic goals. In particular, describe what skills you offer and those you wish to gain during your internship. Please also be sure to indicate which of the above internship opportunities you are interested in (you may list more than one).
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors or previous employers. Recommendation letters should be emailed to either with the application or separately; whichever is preferable to the writers.
  5. A three-to-five-page writing sample (excluding citations) – Samples should not be scientific research papers. Samples may be excerpts of longer papers. If a sample exceeds the limit, only the first three pages will be considered. In your email providing the above materials, please tell us why you have chosen this writing sample to submit with your application. You may provide more than one writing sample if you feel it necessary to demonstrate a range of skills important to the internship of interest.
  6. Any forms relevant to fulfilling requirements for your school or external program. This may include forms relevant for receiving funds or a grant to supplement the internship stipend or receiving academic credit.

Submitting Your Application Materials

Applications are only accepted by email. Please send your materials to 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!




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