Intern, Research (Translational Biology)

Location:  San Rafael, California Category: Research Employment Category: Fulltime-Temporary


BioMarin’s Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

The mission of Translational Biology is to conduct preclinical translational research evaluating potential therapeutics for severe rare diseases with unmet medical needs. We help provide proof-of-concept preclinical data in relevant disease models and data for understanding of mechanisms of action for these potential therapeutics.

Intern Project Description:

Research summer intern will work on 1 major project and 1 minor project over the 3-month internship.   The successful candidate will partner closely with a team of scientists from translation biology, and other functional groups within BioMarin.  He/She will primarily be responsible for executing ex vivo studies to assess biodistribution, efficacy and mechanism of action of potential therapeutics.

The responsibilities of the candidate are to:

  • Perform immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization assays
  • Perform basic histologic techniques, including but not limited to: fixation, embedding, sectioning, and staining
  • Perform Epiflourescence and Confocal Microscopy
  • Notebook keeping, compilation of data and interpretation into power point presentations
  • The intern will be working on one of two diverse projects (to be determined)


Applicants should be at least in their 3rd or 4th year obtaining a BA/BS in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Genetics.  MS are also encouraged to apply. Strong performance in relevant academic courses in is required. Candidates with previous laboratory experience in immunohistochemistry, microscopy and/or image analysis will be preferred.  The position requires self-motivation, teamwork, and dedication to quality in a fast-paced scientific setting. 

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.