Intern - Government Affairs

Location:  remote, United States 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.

BioMarin Government Affairs is looking for an enthusiastic student or recent graduate for the summer of 2021. The chosen candidate will work virtually with the Senior Director, Global Advocacy Strategy and Operations within Government Affairs, and the Associate Director, State Government Affairs. 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. The intern will further track US state legislative activities which may have an impact on the pharmaceutical/biotech industry and the patients BioMarin serves.

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. The position will provide insight into the role state legislatures and administrations play in healthcare delivery and access.

Position Description:

  • 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
  • Lead comprehensive global research project to assess legislative environments in various countries related to the development of and access to rare disease treatments
  • Monitor and track US state legislation pertinent to access to rare disease therapies
  • Assist in drafting internal communications/presentations highlighting alliance development and state government affairs work
  • Interact virtually with internal stakeholders regarding pertinent advocacy and legislative initiatives
  • Participate virtually in meetings with allies and policymakers in collaboration with supervisors; prepare summaries of these interactions; draft correspondence
  • Meet requirements for development of a final report related to activities performed over the course of the internship

Required Skills:

  • 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.
  • Empathy for people living with rare disorders


  • 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 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 borders

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 passionate 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.