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Intern - Discovery Medicine/Clinical Sciences

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 individual will work as part of the newly formed Discovery Medicine group as part of the effort to identify and research potential clinical indications or technical platforms for early stage development at BioMarin. This group evaluates research and development proposals for clinical feasibility and fit with BioMarin pipeline. This is a small group within Clinical Sciences that has direct interface with Research, Translational Sciences and Business Development.

To qualify for this position, the applicant should have a science background, interested in post-graduate life sciences or medical school, and a desire to understand how basic science and technology platforms can be utilized in the development of new medical entities. It is envisioned that this individual will work in a small group, with frequent discussions and updates of programs across the portfolio.

Required skills include: ability to work independently with a curious nature and an interest in making important advances in treating diseases in high unmet needs. Basic investigatory skills, namely literature searches, key research papers, prior clinical development are important. The group will be charged with critical review and testing of assumptions, of which the applicant will be an active member. It is hoped that after a summer, the intern will have had a unique exposure to drug development.


  • Life sciences major or graduate considering or applying for post-graduate degree
  • Analytical skills, critical thought, comfortable with basic statistics
  • Basic computer skills; capable of investigation with a white board
  • Comfortable interacting with several clinical and scientific functions
  • 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.

About our location

San Rafael


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