2019 Experiential Internship (Undergraduate Level) - Discovery Research, Computational Biology/Bioin

Redwood City, CA, US
Feb 16, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
AbbVie Biotherapeutics Inc. (ABR) is AbbVie's Center of Innovation in Oncology Research and Development, located in Redwood City, CA. The ABR Oncology site focuses on Immuno-Oncology (I-O), which is the study of the activation of the immune system to recognize and eliminate cancer cells.

Join ABR for our 2019 Experiential Summer Intern Program!

  • Gain hands-on industry experience, work with field experts, and meet other motivated, science-oriented college students like yourself
  • Be prepared to work in a well-supported environment, with access to the cutting-edge tools, technologies and expertise
  • Learn different aspects of the drug development business, and how it applies to making novel anti-cancer drugs

The AbbVie Experiential Summer Intern Program is a paid, 12 week internship available in two sessions. Session 1 will start at the end of May (semester system) and session 2 will start in early June (quarter system). The program is focused on providing students with original pharmaceutical development projects, based on business need. You'll do meaningful work that has a real impact on our business and patients worldwide.


We are seeking a computational biology/bioinformatics intern to play an integral role in a multi-disciplinary team focused on developing new therapies for the treatment of cancer. The successful candidate will provide computational biology support to a team of highly skilled discovery scientists. This will involve formulating and answering biological questions using complex datasets and the creation and assessment of novel computational solutions. In particular, the candidate will help develop a bioinformatic pipeline to interrogate candidate drug target genes in multiple omics data sets. They will also design and implement an interactive, web-based tool to display and disseminate pipeline results to other AbbVie scientists. You will work in a well-supported environment, with access to the tools, technologies and expertise necessary for success.


  • Enrolled in an undergraduate level program at an accredited university
  • Available for the entire 12-weeks in session 1 (semester system) or session 2 (quarter system)
  • Completed at least 1 year of undergraduate level studies prior to internship experience
  • Strong academic performance with minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 Scale)
  • Returning to university for at least 1 semester/quarter post-internship


  • The ideal candidate will have experience in computational biology/bioinformatics, genomic/transcriptomic analysis, data and literature mining, and/or gene network/systems biology analysis.
  • Prior experience with R, Shiny, or python is highly desirable. Familiarity with bash and git a plus.
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative analytical skills.
  • Eager to learn different aspects of the drug development business, and how it applies to making novel anti-cancer drugs.
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills.

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