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Student Resources

Are you interested in becoming a genetic counselor? Are you looking for experiences to help boost your CV? Do you have questions about the field? See some of the resources available to you below!

Genetic Counseling Field Exposure Opportunities in Arizona

Interested in shadowing a genetic counseling session? These sites offer shadowing opportunities for prospective students.

NOTE - shadowing is on hold at most sites during the COVID19 pandemic. Until shadowing is up and running again, these sites are offering informational interviews.

1. Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center (Gilbert, AZ)
Specialty: Cancer
Contact: Anna Vercruyssen MS CGC - Email


2. Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
Specialty: Cancer
Contact: Justin Gasparini MS CGC - Email


3. University of Arizona Cancer Center (Tucson, AZ)
Specialty: Cancer
Contact: Lauren Maynard MS CGC - Email

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Informational Interviews

Do you want to learn more about the field? Have questions about the field of genetic counseling? These sites are open to students contacting them for informational interviews.

Most genetic counseling programs are accepting informational interviews as an equivalent substitute to shadowing, so this is a great opportunity and looks good on a CV.

1. Phoenix Children's Hospital (Phoenix, AZ)

Specialty: Pediatrics

Contact: Supraja Prakash MS CGC - Email

2. TGEN Research Institute (Phoenix, AZ)

Specialty: Clinical Research

Contact: Ashley Ryan MS CGC - Email

3. Genome Medical Inc (National)

Specialty: Multiple, telemedicine

Contact: Maria-Renee Coldagelli MS CGC - Email

4. Natera (National)

Specialty: Kidney Genetics

Contact: Meg Hager MS CGC - Email

5. Mayo Clinic (Phoenix, AZ)

Specialty: Adult and Cancer

Contact: Sonia Sabrowsky MS CGC - Email

6. Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

Program Information

Dr. Katherine Hunt Brendish MS CGC PhD - Email

7. University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)

Program Information

Dee Quinn MS CGC - Email

Genetic Counseling Internship Programs

Genetic Counseling Assistant (GCA) Jobs

GCA positions are a great way to gain experience in the field. These are typically paid, full-time positions. GCAs will typically help with chart prep, reminder calls, participation in projects/research, and other administrative tasks to help the genetics clinic run smoothly.

Clinical GCA Jobs

These sites currently offer GCA positions. Most positions become available as current GCAs get accepted into programs. Please contact these clinics about their GCA position availability.

1. Mayo Clinic (Phoenix) - Contact

2. Phoenix Children's Hospital (Phoenix) - Contact

3. Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center (Gilbert) - Contact

Industry GCA Jobs

Genetic testing laboratories are often looking to hire GCAs. Please check LinkedIn or other job recruitment sites for postings regularly. Here are some potential companies to keep an eye on:

1. Prevention Genetics
2. GeneDX
3. Invitae
4. Natera

Informational Webinars and Online Resources

1. National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) educational webinars and podcast series

2. Genetic Podcast Series DNA Today

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Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for opportunities to volunteer with individuals with genetic syndromes? Here are some great resources.

1. Camp Knot a Phe (Phoenix)

Support camp for kids with Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Contact: Peggy Kulch MS CGC - Email

2. Gigi's Playhouse (Phoenix)

Down syndrome achievement center

3. The Marfan Foundation

Email applications here