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Intern - Portfolio Strategy / Competitive Intelligence


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 Director/Director in Competitive Intelligence (CI) and Sr. leaders across the business to understand the competitive landscape and implications for BioMarin.

Skills the Intern 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 intelligence portal that outlines the competitive 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 the 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)

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

Desired 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


  • 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.
  • Student must be returning to school in the Fall Term OR has graduated within the 1 year of the start of the program.
  • Must be available to work full-time, 40 hours a week.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without VISA sponsorship.
  • Able to work remotely within United States

Benefits of a BioMarin Internship:

  • Fully remote/virtual experience; company owned laptop provided for the duration of the internship program.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the daily operation of a commercial biotech company.
  • 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 skills specific to your major.
  • Opportunities for professional development by building relationships and learning about other parts of the business.
  • Weekly Speaker Seminar Series with Executive Staff.

At BioMarin, we are about making a big impact on rare patient populations, and this takes the widest possible range of ideas. To find solutions for the patients we serve, our workforce must represent diversity in all its forms.

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

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