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Intern - Competitive Intelligence in Portfolio Strategy

Location San Rafael, 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. 


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 position will involve working directly with Associate Directors in Competitive Intelligence and Sr. leaders to support a better understanding of the competitive landscape and implications for BioMarin.

Skills the Intern, Competitive Intelligence in Portfolio Strategy will gain:

  • Knowledge of amalgamation of how science, business, and technology is utilized in a biotechnology organization
  • Knowledge in drug development and competitive intelligence analytical frameworks
  • Critical analysis and distillation of competitor datasets
  • Experience in a matrix organization

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Creation of a Gene Therapy competitive portal that outlines the landscape assessments to inform portfolio strategy:
  • Conduct primary and secondary research to inform CI assessment
  • Update the Portal to ensure the accuracy and relevancy of the dataset
  • Work semi-independently and perform check-ins with Sr. Director to receive feedback and improve the functionality of the Portal
  • Create/update an Excel database and PowerPoint presentation summarizing key findings of the research
  1. Assist BioMarin team with coverage of competitor activities (possibly at a critical medical conference):
  • Play a key role in conference planning including identifying high priority presentations, gaining familiarity with the market, and working with stakeholders to obtain alignment before the conference
  • Attend the conference with BioMarin team helping to cover key talks, posters, and exhibition booths
  • Help develop a final report summarizing key learnings of the meeting and present to the leadership team(s)



Must be enrolled in an advanced degree program such as a Ph.D. or Masters in the biological sciences or business administration. Also open to business school students with an undergraduate major in biological sciences.

Required Skills:

  • Understanding of molecular and cellular biology
  • Able to collect and synthesize a wide range of scientific and clinical information
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate details concisely
  • Excels at working collaboratively with others
  • Innovative thinking and analysis
  • Embraces constructive feedback to improve upon their ideas

Preferred Skills:

  • Healthcare consulting experience, either through a consulting firm or an on-campus student group
  • Understanding of different gene therapy or gene editing technologies
  • Understanding of clinical development


  • 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 the 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.

About our location

San Rafael


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