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About Genentech

Genentech was founded by Herbert Boyer and Robert Swanson in 1976 and was one of the first biotechnology companies in existence. In fact, Boyer was one of the co-inventors of recombinant DNA technology, a method of altering the genetic content of cells. Genentech works to develop novel treatments and diagnostics for a number of diseases, including asthma, diabetes, arthritis and cancers of all kinds. Genentech has been recognized as a great place to work by numerous publications, including Science magazine, Working Mother, Barron’s, Wired, BusinessWeek, San Francisco Business Times, Fortune and Forbes.

Genentech places interns in nearly all of its departments, including immunology, bioinformatics, protein engineering and many others. The program allows students to conduct high-level scientific research and observe how scientific findings are translated into real-world products. At the end of the summer, many interns conduct a poster presentation of their findings and present their research to the Genentech CEO or other members of the senior management team.


Open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as MBA students and recent graduates with a GPA of at least 3.0. Most intern positions are reserved for students with a background in biology, chemistry, engineering and other relevant fields; however, there are some internships available for nonscience students. See the company’s website for more details.


Genentech, Inc.
1 DNA Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone: (650) 225-1000


Number of Interns: 101 or more
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Los Angeles, CA