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Biotech Internships at Illumina

Explore Biotech Internships at Illumina

Experience the breathtaking pace of genomic innovation through Illumina internship opportunities. During our 12-week summer program, you’ll learn, grow, and become a fully integrated member of the Illumina team.

You’ll connect with other interns, gain insight during a senior leader patio chat, get a global perspective through team challenges, and make an impact as a volunteer.

By working alongside Illumina engineers, scientists, and corporate employees, you’ll soon find out there is nothing typical about our biotech internships. While on campus you can:

  • Play a pick-up game at lunch
  • Hone your workout skills at the fitness center
  • Feed your cravings at our café or food trucks
  • Get your caffeine fix at one of our coffee bars
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iAspire Internship Program Details

Internships are posted and open to applications during the month of October for our U.S. offices. Top candidates will be invited to our onsite assessment events in January (U.S. locations) and offers are extended immediately following. Illumina internships start in late May and mid-June.

Undergrads need a 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.

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Testimonials From Interns

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Corporate Citizenship Intern

“My favorite aspect of the iAspire program is the amount of cross-department collaboration. Illumina really does attract the best and the brightest and it was a privilege to work alongside individuals who are always challenging the status quo. As an intern, I was able to work hands-on alongside senior employees and VPs on projects central to the company’s business goals. I don’t think I would have been able to get the same experience at many other companies.”

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Logistics Analyst Intern

“The iAspire program is unlike any internship I’ve had! The projects have real meaning, and Illumina does a great job of placing real responsibility on their interns - proof that the development of young talent is a huge priority. I see first-hand the impact that I’ve made on Illumina and the impact Illumina has had on me.”

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Project Management Intern

“A lot of companies have fancy tag lines, mission statements and values posted on their websites, but usually not everything is true. At Illumina, they say what they believe and work towards that every single day. The company is big on collaboration and innovation and I’ve witnessed that during my time here. 'We move fast and embrace change', and wow!, that's true. People here are passionate, driven, fast-paced, impactful, and are here because they truly believe in the mission of Illumina. I'm lucky to have worked with some really bright minds. Going back to school, I’m a new person altogether. I’m taking back a lot of new ideas and positive experiences from my project team, the iAspire events, and the company as a whole. ”

The Illumina Recruiting Process

We look forward to receiving your application when you’re ready to become a full-time member of the Illumina team. Although our hiring process varies by job and candidate, generally candidates proceed through the following steps:

  • Phone interview
  • Video interview
  • Onsite interview(s)
  • Offer letter

Set Yourself Apart During Assessment Events

Our assessment events are unlike anything you’ve experienced—think of them as a gamified interview. Let Legos be the vehicle to demonstrate your teamwork skills, showcase your communication strengths through an impromptu presentation, and have fun while doing all of it. Stand out by reading up on the company and our unique culture, having engaging talking points and questions prepared for our team, and highlighting your “best & brightest” capabilities.

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Internship FAQs

What are the intern pay and perks?

Our interns are paid a market-competitive hourly rate in addition to having access to all campus amenities. They are also included in company and department social and teambuilding events, as well as intern program activities.

Can internships lead to full-time opportunities?

Yes. Many of our interns go on to enjoy fulfilling careers as full-time Illumina employees.

Who can apply for an internship?

Undergrad, Master’s, MBA, and PhD students are all welcome to apply. Undergrad applicants must be a rising junior or higher and have a minimum GPA of 3.2 at both the time of application and program start (will be verified).