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Intern - Government Affairs

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.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


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.


BioMarin Government Affairs is looking for an enthusiastic student or recent graduate for the summer of 2020. The chosen candidate will work closely with the Manager, Government Affairs to pursue BioMarin’s legislative priorities. This internship will provide the chosen candidate an opportunity to further learn about the legislative process and healthcare policy related to the biopharmaceutical sector and the rare disease community.

Position Description:

  • Monitor and track relevant state legislation
  • Observe or attend hearings and briefings related to BioMarin’s policy agenda
  • Conduct policy research (i.e. Medicaid, Medicare, 340B)
  • Assist with comprehensive mapping of national and state-based patient advocacy groups
  • Assist with administration of BioMarinPAC
  • Assist in drafting internal communication/presentations highlighting the work of the Government Affairs department
  • Interact with internal stakeholders regarding pertinent legislative initiatives
  • May be required to interact with external stakeholders, including: trade associations, patient advocacy groups and industry partners


  • Successful college student desired. Should have an interest in learning more about healthcare, biopharmaceutical and rare disease policy. Political Science or Health Policy major preferred but not required.
  • Ability to assist with policy analysis and impact determinations on BioMarin and rare disease community.
  • Must have strong communication, written and analytical skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs required - Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • 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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