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Intern - Early Clinical Development - Digital Transformation Office

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

Start Date: Summer 2021

Work Hours: 40 hours per week

Location: South San Francisco Campus

Length of Assignment: 3-6 months, with potential to extend

Education Level:  Any Degree Level. Undergraduates who have completed at least one year of undergraduate coursework at a university, recent grads within two years, current graduate students (MS or PhD). The ideal intern candidate will have a major or coursework in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

Job Description:


Clinical development is rapidly intersecting with technologies that have classically been the domain of high-tech.  These technologies can be transformative for clinical trials, but identifying appropriate solutions demand careful analysis and experimentation that often goes considerably beyond existing practices.

In this intern role, you will be supporting the gRED Digital Transformation Office, which is a sub-group in Genentech’s Early Clinical Development (ECD) Informatics team. You will work with Protocol Digital Transformation to engineer data pipelines to digitize and structure clinical trial protocols. You will also develop applications to streamline the clinical trial protocol development and meet with Clinical Science, Operations, and Informatics stakeholders to understand the wants and needs for high quality datasets and applications. You may be required to help with identification and practical implementation of technology and methods, and also maintaining a finger on the pulse of this rapidly changing tech landscape. 


You will gain hands-on experience in the day-to-day activities within ECD, while also obtaining a high-level understanding of the execution of clinical trials needed to bring drugs to patients. You will be given specific tasks and projects to support teams and functional roles within the department. You will also have an opportunity to get exposure to a range of cross-functional disciplines (ECD’s Clinical Operations, Clinical Science, and Quality) and across multiple therapeutic areas including oncology, immunology, neuroscience, metabolism, infectious disease, and others.

Example areas of focus include: automating the movement of trial content and data, data-driven patient recruitment, gathering real-world data to optimize study protocols, and exploring the application of emerging technology to the clinical trial process.


  • Research specific topics and provide a summary of the research

  • Interview and interact with internal and external key stakeholders 

  • Contribute to opportunity identification, proposals, proofs of concept, assessments, and draft business cases

  • Contribute to deal term structures in development of future partnerships

  • Prioritize workload and ensure deadlines are met

  • Develop meeting agendas and minutes; follow up, track and drive completion of action items and record and archive decisions

  • Develop a poster of your learning and present in one of the ECD forums


Assignment of tasks may change based on the interests of the intern.




To be successful in this role, you will be, or you will have:

  • Background in SWE, Data Science, or CS major

  • Preferably skilled in scripting languages such as Python in data processing or JS for web development

  • Preferably has an entrepreneurial background and willing to wear many hats to manage tasks, priorities, and timelines

  • Highly skilled in interpersonal communication, writing, and presentation skills; including persuasion and influence

  • Excellent problem-solving abilities to resolve complex issues where the problem statement may be ambiguous

  • The ability to work independently and proactively with minimal guidance 

  • Ability to work in a small, nimble, results-driven team, and to lead as needed

  • In possession of a growth mindset, a can-do attitude, grit, ingenuity, and ability to pivot as new information comes to light

Bonus skill sets:

  • Experience in drug development and/or clinical research

  • Experience in the general healthcare sector -- possibly at a hospital, clinic or health-tech startup

  • Familiarity with Design Thinking, Agile, or Lean methodologies 


The statements made in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of people assigned to this job.


Along with your CV/resume, please provide a cover letter with the reasons why you would like to be an intern in Genentech’s ECD.

Who We Are

Genentech, a member of the Roche group and founder of the biotechnology industry, is dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. To solve the world's most complex health challenges, we ask bigger questions that challenge our industry and the boundaries of science to transform society. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We believe that by championing diversity of background, thought and experience, we can foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment where every employee feels valued, included, and able to contribute their best for the patients we serve. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work.

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