Illumina develops manufactures and markets products for the analysis of genetic variation and biological function.



Looks For

While recruiting for new talent, Illumina prioritizes a certain set of both soft and hard skills. For soft skills, Illumina specifically seeks candidates who can Collaborate in a fast-paced team environment, be curious, detail oriented, and analytical, along with a proven ability to learn quickly. Illumina also values candidates who are customer-focused, team-oriented, and motivated, taking ownership of assigned tasks as well as someone who prioritize interdisciplinary working and who is eager to interface with different departments and teams in the company. Hard skills vary depending on the role.

History of


With headquarters in San Diego, CA, Illumina was founded in 1998 by David Walt, Larry Bock, John Stuelpnagel, Anthony Czarnik, and Mark Chee. The current President and CEO of Illumina is Francis deSouza. The efforts of Illumina have enabled significant progress in the field of genomics.


Internship Programs

iAspire Internship Program

For Illumina’s iAspire Internship Program, Undergraduate students need a minimum 3.2 GPA or higher to be considered. Internship opportunities in our APAC and EMEA regions are posted October through December with February assessment events. Illumina’s iAspire Internship Program welcomes students to work alongside Illumina engineers, scientists, and corporate employees, experiencing the lively pace of genomic innovation.

What it's like to Work at


Quick Facts

Entry-level careers:
Project Management
Quality Assurance
Research & Development
Sales / Account Management
Biotech / Pharma
Office Locations
San Diego, CA
Milwaukee, WI
Baltimore, MD

Internship Info

Number of interns (2022)
Preferred education level
Juniors, Seniors in College, Graduate Programs (MBA/Graduate STEM Programs, PhD students)
  • Free fitness center access
  • Free meals
  • Company social events
  • Wellness program
  • Employee referral program
  • Corporate amenities, including an onsite cafe, food trucks, coffee bars, happy hours, summer concerts, a hair salon, sports facilities, sports leagues, a gym, fitness classes, personal trainers, mindfulness and self-improvement courses, special interest clubs, electric vehicle charging stations, commuter support, and a dry-cleaning service


Interview Process

Video Interview with HireVue

This initial video interview will be with HireVue where they will ask behavioral questions. Some applications pursuing scientific research roles reported a couple questions about biology on the video interview. 

Phone Interview with a Hiring Manager or Recruiter

This second round interview will be with the Hiring Manager or Recruiter regarding your specific work experience, as well as any technical experience relevant to the position.

In-person Screening

The top 2 candidates will go through this final in-person screening. This final interview will include events with group activities, a presentation and 30-minute interview with the Hiring Manager.