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Job Description

Length: 10-12 weeks

Start Date: Summer 2020

The Genentech MBA Internship Program is an intensive 10-12 week opportunity that provides work within a fast-paced and challenging environment. MBA interns contribute to meaningful projects, interacting and working side-by-side with biotech industry experts. Our internship program also provides a robust speaker series, which allows interns to hear from top executives throughout the summer. Genentech relies heavily on our internship talent pool to fill full-time positions.

Business Development Overview:

Business Development is a diverse group of licensing professionals that apply scientific, financial and negotiating expertise to establish collaborations that facilitate development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products to bring important new medicines to patients. Genentech's Business Development Group continually strives to identify and evaluate novel opportunities that result in the forging of strong strategic alliances with our drug development partners. A Business Development intern may work with multiple departments in the company, such as Research, Medical Affairs, Market Development, Finance, Marketing, Product Development, Regulatory, Process Development, to assess the technical merit, potential market size, competitive outlook, and strategic fit of licensing opportunities relative to Genentech's existing portfolio.

As Genentech has identified our areas of focus to be Oncology, Immunology, Ophthalmology and Neurology and in order to be consistent with this identification, Business Development has aligned itself within these focus areas. In addition, Business Development has a group dedicated to platform and enabling technologies to help support Genentech's research, development and manufacturing efforts.

Alliance Management

The Alliance Management group's mission is to build and maintain alignment between Genentech and its drug development partners, permitting joint teams to function more effectively. Previous MBA intern projects included developing a system to track the status of Genentech's partnership activities and the development of a workshop focusing on effective collaborations. An MBA intern may also be involved in the launch of a new collaboration by working closely with the Alliance Manager to educate project teams on key elements of the collaboration agreement.


Preferred qualifications for MBA Internship positions include but are not limited to:

* 4-6 years of work experience prior to graduate school in finance, consulting, drug development or related experience
* Strong quantitative and analytical skills
* Demonstrated ability and experience in effectively interacting with executives and senior leaders
* Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
* Excellent oral and written communication skills

About Genentech, Inc

Company Description

Genentech, now a member of the Roche Group, is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. We have been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for almost 40 years, with multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline.

Careers at Genentech

A place that’s a pioneer in its own industry. Where diversity drives innovative solutions for patients. Where material rewards are matched by the meaning that comes from making a difference for millions. When you work at Genentech, you'll come to understand that helping to make history by changing the course of medicine requires inspiration that can only come from a combined commitment to passion, purpose, and people.


We invented biotechnology. And we’re driven to do it again, every day. The passion that drives us is the belief that the science of life — biology — holds the keys to solving life's toughest health challenges. Innovative science is the basis of our existence and the foundation for our future. We approach opportunities and challenges with an open mind and break new ground by breaking with convention. And, while we recognize that failure is a possible outcome, we focus on long-term success and the difference we make in the lives of patients.


Doing your job well positively impacts the lives of millions of patients. This is our purpose. Each individual patient inspires our researchers to do groundbreaking science. Their stories motivate us all to continue developing new treatment options for people with serious or life-threatening diseases. It's the tireless mother who gives her kids 100 percent while hiding the pain from rheumatoid arthritis. It's a young boy coming to grips with cystic fibrosis. It's a new grandfather who just learned he has stage IV colon cancer. These are the people who remind us of what we do and why — day after day.


Our one-of-a-kind culture is built on diversity, dedication, and celebration. We bring together the most talented employees we can find, and then we give them room to be themselves. By encouraging diversity in all its forms — thought, skill, experience, culture and style — we arrive at new ways of doing things. Because it’s this type of environment that ensures employees can make their greatest contributions to Genentech and, most importantly, to our patients. 

University Programs

Cross-functional collaborations, business-critical projects, fun activities, welcoming colleagues, and supportive managers — you’ve just found a great place to gain real world experience. But Genentech is also a place that embraces your passion to make the world better by changing millions of lives.

You’ll encounter an extraordinary experience defined by a wealth of opportunity and fresh perspectives as you work alongside tomorrow’stalent at an innovative and diverse global organization. Whether you join Genentech as an intern or co-op or become a full-time employee after graduating, you’ll find numerous opportunities to showcase your ideas and contribute to the meaningful work being done every day.


Get ready to grow through business-critical projects that directly impact Genentech and the patients we serve. Networking, social events, career development panels, and the VP Lunch and Learn speaker series round out the internship experience. It’s a super-charged summer that ends with a presentation of your project findings to senior management and a chance to be considered for a full-time role.


Hands-on industry training that supplements your education is at the heart of our co-op program, designed for students currently enrolled in a related academic field. Over the course of six to 12 months, you’ll gain expert knowledge and forge valuable connections. 

New Grads

Put your Bachelor of Science in engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, logistics, operations or supply chain management to work. Full-time opportunities for new grads are generally available through the Operations Rotation Development Program (ORDP) and the Process Development Rotation Program (PDRP).

MBA Students & New Grads

Gain the firsthand business experience that places you at the forefront of the biotechnology industry. Join high-caliber MBA talent at Genentech for an intense 12-week opportunity defined by hands-on work in a fast-paced environment. We look for candidates who have prior work experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or healthcare industries most often in sales and marketing, operations, consulting or finance.

If you recently graduated, then a Genentech Rotation Program will expose you to a range of areas while helping you make a smooth transition from the classroom to life at Genentech. Ideally, you’ll have earned an MB or a Master of Science in engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, logistics, operations, or supply chain management. 

Honors & Awards

Genentech, its management and its founders are regularly recognized as leaders in the biotechnology industry. Genentech also receives recognition and awards for its overall performance as a company, its workplace culture, its contributions to the community and its patient advocacy. Below are some of Genentech's recent achievements.


Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Corporate Equality Index


100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE Magazine

Best Places to Work, Glassdoor

Top Employer, Science Magazine

100 Best Places to Work in IT, Computer World

50 Best Places to Work for New Dads, Fatherly.com

100 Best Companies, Working Mother

Top 50 Employers, Minority Engineer Magazine