Directed Studies & Internships

An experiential component, also called Directed Study and most often referred to as an Internship, is a required as part of the PSM in Health Care Genetics Program curriculum.  Students, in collaboration with the major advisor, will arrange field experiences at sites that provide opportunities to observe and/or participate in research and/or delivery of health care genetic services. Interactive learning experiences will facilitate interdisciplinary and critical thinking for development of career aspirations.

Internships are a 3-way cooperative venture among an employer (Internship Site Supervisor), a faculty member (UConn instructor/faculty advisor- Supervised Internship Instructor), and a student. This experience-based course places students in an organization under the guidance and supervision of both a qualified professional in an organization (agency, business, NGO, University Center or laboratory) and an appointed faculty member from the AHS department to gain hands-on experience such that students will

  • Connect and apply academic learning to real-world environments
  • Improve interdisciplinary critical thinking skills
  • Develop professionalism, communication and team-building skills
  • Identify, assess, and/or address specific issues in health care genetics

Students are responsible for personal travel and living expenses during the internship.

Internships are typically 3-months and full-time in duration. Students may enroll in weekend modules during the internship.

Students will provide evidence of successful completion of learning objectives of the internship through formal written reports, platform presentations, and/or scientific publications as outlined in the learning agreement and will be submitted as a final capstone project (AH 5314: Professional Development Project). Students work with their instructor/advisor/advisory committee and internship site supervisor to select a topic that demonstrates an ability to define, analyze, evaluate, and identify strategic solutions that address a major issue, problem, or opportunity within the field of health care genetics. Students will outline the issue, identify possible risks, evaluate potential solutions, recommend a course of action, and outline next steps for implementing the resolution.