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Getting a Head Start in Biotechnology

Genentech’s intern and co-op programs, recognized among the industry’s best, provide students with hands-on biotechnology experience. They offer unparalleled learning and networking opportunities, as well as the ability to contribute to meaningful projects and work side-by-side with biotech experts.

Internship Program

We offer paid internships in three California locations - South San Francisco (our headquarters), Vacaville, and Oceanside - as well as in Hillsboro, Oregon. Most internships take place in the summer and are typically 10-12 weeks (and occasionally last up to one year). We recruit interns for many functions across the company.

Internship Highlights

  • Opportunity to work on challenging, business-critical projects
  • Presentation of end-of-summer project findings to senior management
  • Networking opportunities
  • Career development panels
  • Social events (day trips, volunteer events, social media contest, video contest)
  • VP Lunch and Learn speaker series
  • Consideration for future full-time positions, rotation programs, or contract roles

Co-op Program

Our Cooperative Education Program gives students the opportunity to supplement their education with valuable hands-on experience and training. Co-ops are paid and are typically 6-12 months. You must be enrolled in at least six units in an academic program related to the Co-Op project and must receive course credit for the co-op.

Co-op Highlights

  • Gain expert knowledge while work on challenging, business-critical projects
  • Networking opportunities
  • Career development panels
  • VP Lunch and Learn speaker series
  • Consideration for future full-time positions, rotation programs, or contract roles


  • We hire interns and co-op students at all degree levels: BS, MS, PharmD, and PhD. (Learn about our MBA internships here)
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of university to be considered for an internship or co-op.
  • We accept applications from international students, though visa sponsorship support varies by position and department.
  • All internships and co-ops are paid, so you must be legally authorized to work in the United States during the entire length of the internship or co-op.
  • To qualify for the internship, you must be within two years of your last degree attained.


Our summer intern job postings generally begin in November of the previous year and run through the end of March. Selections for internships vary by position, but are generally made during January through April. Although we do hire interns throughout the whole year, the majority of our interns are hired during the summer. Our interns may qualify and are given strong consideration for full-time opportunities, including rotation programs.

How to Apply

Genentech holds recruitment sessions at a number of university campuses in spring and autumn. Internship opportunities are also posted at select universities. You can also check out our internship and co-op opportunities on Our hiring managers contact prospective candidates directly.

To learn more about our internship and co-op programs, including objectives, qualifications and timing, please see our FAQs.