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Intern, Analytical Chemistry

Location Novato, California

BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.   

SUMMARY The BioMarin Summer Internship Program will enable students to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the processes and systems within BioMarin, while gaining an insight into the pharmaceutical/biotech industry.

The Analytical Chemistry group is seeking a summer intern for routine and non-routine analysis and analytical method development using automated systems.


  • Perform routine sample preparation and analysis according to written protocols (primarily cell-based methods, ELISA methods, and HPLC)
  • Develop analytical methods for protein/ enzyme characterization
  • Generate and test frozen cell banks for use in cell-based analytical methods
  • Automate an analytical method (i.e. ELISA and cell-based methods) using a Tecan Fluent.
  • Will work directly with scientists in the Analytical Chemistry group and will be expected to present their work to the larger AC group at the end of the term
  • Training on analytical instrumentation will be provided


  • Undergraduate major in biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, biology or engineering
  • Minimum of four semesters of undergraduate laboratory coursework
  • Lecture and laboratory coursework in quantitative chemical analysis or equivalent
  • Should have solid understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry, biochemistry, protein characterization, enzyme chemistry.
  • Should have taken the minimum four semesters of undergraduate laboratory coursework noted above
  • Should have good hands for laboratory work
  • Student must be returning to school in the Fall Term OR has graduated within the 1 year of the start of the intern program
  • Must be available to work 40 hours a week
  • Housing and Transportation is responsibility of the Intern

Benefits of a BioMarin Internship:

  • Apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to on-the-job experiences
  • Comprehensive, value-added project(s)
  • Work in teams and with colleagues in a professional environment
  • Develop technical skills specific to your major
  • Provides opportunities for professional development by building relationships and learning about other parts of the business
  • Weekly lunch seminar series with Executive Staff
  • End of summer poster presentation to the BioMarin Community

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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