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Mentoring Program

Our Mentorship Program enables prospective students from ethnically diverse backgrounds to forge one-on-one mentorships with first and second year students, faculty and alumni from the USC Genetic Counseling Program. This initiative facilitates personal connection and accessibility to create meaningful and longstanding relationships for underrepresented minorities. Mentors can answer general questions, guide career preparation and offer application advice for internships, assistantships and graduate programs. 

The Genetic Counseling Mentee is an individual from an ethnically diverse background seeking advice in their application process, training or in their new career as a genetic counselor. 


The Genetic Counseling Mentor is a first or second year student, new graduate or seasoned alum who is willing to share their educational and professional experience. 


Benefits of Mentorship

Let us connect you with someone of a similar background within the field of genetic counseling to develop a professional partnership that offers:

  • Skill building and personal growth
  • Development of feedback and critical thinking 
  • Advisement regarding the application process
  • Advancement of leadership skills
  • Networking within the genetic counseling field
  • Navigation of the workplace

How to Apply

Mentees and mentors will submit their respective applications so we may get to know you and ensure the best match! Once submitted, a confirmation e-mail will be sent, and you will be matched based on our current availability.

Mentee Application

Mentor Application

Once your mentorship begins, the mentoring program administrator will support this relationship through periodic check-ins.

If you have any questions about the process, please email us at

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