Genentech is a pioneering, biotechnology giant based out of San Francisco that has its employees raving about work/life balance and generous benefits.
Genentech acknowledges that employees are key to their success. Genentech seeks passionate people driven to tackling some of the world’s most challenging medical conditions. Genentech also cites statistical/analytical skills, knowledge of Python, effective communication, and passion for scientific intelligence as major pluses.
Genentech has a clear-cut mission statement: “Work hard, play hard, and give back.” No wonder Genentech has earned its place on Fortune’s Best Companies list for 22 years.
Genentech offers paid internships in California - South San Francisco, Vacaville, and Oceanside - as well as in Hillsboro, Oregon. Most internships take place in the summer and are typically 10 to 12 weeks long. Interns are recruited for many functions across the company and will work on challenging, business-critical projects.
Genentech also offers a Cooperative Education Program that gives students the opportunity to supplement their education with valuable hands-on experience and training. Co-ops are paid and are typically 6 to 12 months.
Types of Internships:
Genentech’s summer internship job applications generally open 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.
1. Initial Phone Screen
The first step is a brief phone conversation with a hiring manager to go over your background, interests, and communicating/collaborating style to see if you’re a good fit.
2. Phone Interview
The next step is a phone interview, this one more in-depth.
Reach out to your alumni network or employees via LinkedIn and see if they can offer you insight into Genentech and the interview process.
Conduct research on Genentech so that you can tell an interviewer exactly how your vision, ideal work environment, interests, and goals align with theirs. Have a list of questions ready to show your passion.
Impress your interviewers with your knowledge on the biotech market including, but not limited to, current trends, market forecasts, and Genentech’s market share.
The positions are very competitive to get, so doing your research and preparing for behavioral-type and any relevant technical questions is imperative.
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