Intern - Government Affairs, Alliance Development

Location:  San Rafael, California Category: Legal / Government Affairs Employment Category: Fulltime-Temporary


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.


BioMarin Government Affairs is looking for an enthusiastic student or recent graduate for the summer of 2020.  The chosen candidate will work virtually with the Senior Director, Global Advocacy and Operations, within Government Affairs as well as other members of the Government Affairs team globally.  The intern will support efforts to build and strengthen relationships with potential allies, including patient advocacy groups, with mutual interests in BioMarin’s legislative priorities.  This internship will provide the chosen candidate an opportunity to further learn about the patient advocacy community and the impact alliance development more broadly has on the legislative process and healthcare policy related to the biopharmaceutical sector and the rare disease community.

Position Description:

  • Lead comprehensive research project to identify and assess impact of advocacy influencers, other than legislators, on governmental policies affecting BioMarin and the rare disease community; this may include US state-based and national organizations as well as Latin American and European groups
  • Prepare a mapping report summarizing influencer research
  • Monitor and track legislative activities of key allies
  • Participate in calls with allies with the Senior Director and/or the Associate Director, State Government Affairs; prepare summaries of these interactions; draft correspondence
  • Provide content and logistical support for two large BioMarin-led patient advocacy meetings (North America and Europe); assist in the development of materials including internal and external communications; track progress on deliverables
  • Assist in drafting internal communications/presentations highlighting alliance development work
  • Interact virtually with internal stakeholders regarding pertinent advocacy and legislative initiatives
  • Meet requirements for development of a final report related to activities performed over the course of the internship


  • Successful college student desired with an interest in learning more about healthcare, biopharmaceutical, and rare disease policy.
  • Student must be returning to school in the Fall term OR has graduated within the one year of the start of the intern program.
  • The position is virtual; a computer will be provided; telephone, housing, and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.
  • Required skills include:
    • Strong research skills
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills, and discipline to work virtually
    • Strong communication, written, and analytical skills
    • Competence in using Microsoft Office programs required - Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Availability to work 40 hours a week.
    • Empathy for people living with rare disorders

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 (virtually)
  • Develop technical skills specific to your major
  • Provides opportunities for professional development by building relationships and learning about other parts of the business
  • Weekly virtual 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.