Biotech Internships at Illumina

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What if your internship could impact the lives of people you know? Or all of humanity?

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Experience the breathtaking pace of genomic innovation through Illumina internship opportunities. During our summer program, you’ll learn, grow, and become a fully integrated member of the Illumina team.

By working alongside Illumina engineers, scientists, and corporate employees, you’ll soon find out there is nothing typical about our biotech internships.

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Testimonials from interns

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Corporate Citizenship Intern

“My favorite aspect of the iAspire program is the amount of cross-department collaboration. Illumina really does attract the best and the brightest and it was a privilege to work alongside individuals who are always challenging the status quo. As an intern, I was able to work hands-on alongside senior employees and VPs on projects central to the company’s business goals. I don’t think I would have been able to get the same experience at many other companies.”

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Logistics Analyst Intern

“The iAspire program is unlike any internship I’ve had! The projects have real meaning, and Illumina does a great job of placing real responsibility on their interns - proof that the development of young talent is a huge priority. I see first-hand the impact that I’ve made on Illumina and the impact Illumina has had on me.”

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Project Management Intern

“A lot of companies have fancy tag lines, mission statements and values posted on their websites, but usually not everything is true. At Illumina, they say what they believe and work towards that every single day. The company is big on collaboration and innovation and I’ve witnessed that during my time here. 'We move fast and embrace change', and wow!, that's true. People here are passionate, driven, fast-paced, impactful, and are here because they truly believe in the mission of Illumina. I'm lucky to have worked with some really bright minds. Going back to school, I’m a new person altogether. I’m taking back a lot of new ideas and positive experiences from my project team, the iAspire events, and the company as a whole. ”

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Stephanie, 2021 Illumina Intern

My experience at Illumina this summer was far more rewarding that I could have ever previously expected or hoped. I had the opportunity to complete 4 different sustaining and design projects - most of which were centered around the NovaSeq instrument. My favorite part of the internship was being able to experience the deeply collaborative Illumina culture. I am grateful that I was able to contribute to Illumina's meaningful mission of improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome!

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Ryan, 2021 Illumina Intern

The internship prepared me for my career via having a real work-life experience. Work-life is much different from school life. I think that having a flexible work schedule and a hardworking team showed me that Illumina cares about its employees. As an intern at Illumina, the work environment was very understanding and helpful.

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Kris, 2021 Illumina Intern

My Illumina MBA internship prepared me to leverage my prior experiences in diagnostics as a scientist and pivot towards marketing. My intern project was focused on oncology; with the importance of genomics in healthcare and treatment. My favorite part of my internship was being able to interact and be exposed with so many leaders within the marketing division. For any student wanting to break through into Biotech, Illumina is a perfect place to start because of wonderful culture built by their employees. You will always be challenged and as a result will grow along with the company and industry.

Key qualities we look for

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving: To help you thrive in our fast-paced environment.
  • Polished oral and written communication: To ensure you work successfully with cross-functional projects.
  • Open and collaborative mindset: To help you adapt to our rapidly-developing industry.
  • Professionalism and a strong work ethic: To allow you to contribute in a meaningful way.
  • Self-direction and self-awareness: To enable you to establish your own rewarding career path.

How our recruiting process works

Every journey from application to job offer is different. Generally, our hiring process includes the following steps:

  • Application
  • Digital Interview (HireVue)
  • Live Video Interview with the Hiring Team
  • Offer letter

Prepare for your interview

  • Practice talking about the work you’ve done, the things you’re passionate about, and how you’ve grown.
  • If it’s on your resume, we might ask about it. Be prepared to talk through anything listed.
  • Be curious. Come prepared with questions you have about the internship or the company.
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Program Benefits

Building the world’s best teams starts with how we care for our employees. We strive to make everyone, including our interns, feel cared for through a range of benefits as innovative as our work. Program benefits vary by region and will be shared as you progress through the interview process.

Typically, these include:

  • Career Development
  • Competitive Pay Rate
  • Team Building & Mentorship

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  • Impactful Projects
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Networking with Senior Leaders
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