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International SIG

The International Special Interest Group (ISIG) was originally created by members of NSGC who were working internationally. It is currently maintained by and serves members who have a personal or professional interest in genetic counseling around the world. Members include the following groups of genetic counselors: 

  • Genetic counselors in the US that provide healthcare services to patients in different countries
  • Genetic counselors trained in the US that are living/working/considering relocation abroad
  • Genetic counselors in the US interested in global workforce and practice development topics
  • Students working on capstone/thesis projects on a topic of international relevance
  • Prospective international students applying for graduate training in the US
  • Genetic counselors/genetic counseling students in the US on a work/study visa

Please reach out if you’d like to learn more about whether this group is a good fit for you!


To promote communication and relationships among genetic counselors in all nations; to facilitate the development of the genetic counseling profession globally; to provide specialized educational content for the professional development of genetic counselors within multiple healthcare models; to foster collaboration within our membership, between other SIGs, and with our international genetic counseling colleagues.

Open Resources

  • FAQ document for prospective international applicants (PDF).
  • Global Genetic Counselors (GGC) subcommittee: Virtual social hours and resource development for North American trained GCs working/living outside the US & Canada. Email to join.
    • GGC job search FAQs: Finding employment outside the U.S. (For U.S.-trained genetic counselors) (PDF)
    • GGC country-specific resources: What to Know about Practicing Genetic Counseling in the United Kingdom (PDF)
  • US International GC (USIGC) subcommittee: Virtual social hours and resource development for GCs on a US study/work  visa (TN, F-1, H-1B). Email to join. 
  • Research subcommittee
  • Mentorship program for prospective international applicants:

Membership Benefits

  • Lead or assist in the development of educational content for the webinar series
  • Lead subcommittees or work groups within the SIG
  • Access the full  ‘International contacts’ list that includes contact information for >120 genetic counseling providers globally
  • Access the full ‘international rotation sites’ list that includes >20 summer rotation opportunities
  • Claim Continuing education units (CEUs) for approved educational activities
  • Conceptualize and develop conference posters/ proposals
  • Contribute to the genetic counseling literature
  • Access recordings for past webinars
  • Provide mentorship to students (including current students and prospective applicants)
  • Network with genetic counselors that have a professional or personal interest in international genetic counseling
  • Collaborate with other SIGs for joint projects

SIG Focus Areas and Lead Volunteers

  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion [JEDI] (Michelle Moore)
  • Mentorship (Tanaya Shroff & Jennifer Kennedy)
  • Outreach (Smita Rao)
  • Resources (Arpita Neogi)

Grants/Award Opportunities

Please use this form to review information about "The Pooja Way" Scholarship Fund. 

Contact Us

The International SIG can be contacted at or through the discussion forum in the International SIG community in NSGCommunities. Please reach out if you’d like to learn more about any of our projects or volunteer!

Stay up to date information on SIG events and resources through following up on Twitter @NSGCiSIG or through our Spotlight Blog.

Join Now:  To add this SIG to your NSGC membership, please visit your member profile. From the Actions tab, select the "Add Membership Package" option and select the SIG you would like to join. You will then be able to pay online or print an invoice to mail with a check.


Monisha Sebastin

Grace Kavanaugh

Chelna Galada
Social Media Director 

ISIG Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Global Genetic Counselors ‘GGC’ subcommittee: 

Alekhya Narravula

J.E.D.I. Subcommittee:

Michelle Moore 

US International GC ‘USIGC’ subcommittee: 

Rachel Mador-House

Education/Research Subcommittee 

Arpita Neogi

Michelle Jacobs 

Mentorship Program Co-Leads: 

Tanaya Shroff

Jennifer Kennedy