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Undergrad Intern - Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Thousand Oaks, California
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

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Science/R&D, Chemistry
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Do more with the knowledge youre working hard to acquire and the passion you already have. At Amgen, our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds leading biotechnology companies, reaching over 10 million patients worldwide. Through this program, you will acquire the valuable hands-on skills and foundational experience to become the professional you are meant to be in your chosen field.

Undergrad Intern - Synthetic Organic Chemistry


This could be your everyday

Lets do this. Lets change the world. The Discovery Scale-Up and Development (DSD) team at Amgen is seeking a highly motivated, hardworking summer intern who will work on the development of a novel reaction paradigm. This project offers a unique opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art research and development facility in Thousand Oaks, CA. The candidate will utilize a diverse set of instruments and technologies, such as (but not limited to) HPLC-MS, NMR, IR, and polarimetry. This is a phenomenal opportunity for young scientists to gain research experience and mentorship from a diverse group of talented scientists.


  • Each summer intern will be placed on a diverse team of Ph.D. level scientists and assigned a novel project that would have an impact on the scientific community
  • The intern will learn valuable procedures that enable them to work in a chemistry lab safely
  • Bench chemistry in learning the application of multi-step organic synthetic sequences to construct target molecules
  • Gain proficiency in the purification of reaction products utilizing crystallization or chromatography and product characterization using HPLC-MS, NMR and other methods as needed
  • Maintain accurate records of experiments, observations, and results using an electronic laboratory notebook.
  • Expand reaction knowledge by searching the chemical literature for pertinent information
  • The intern will have regular meetings with their supervisor to better understand the goals of the project and troubleshoot issues that arise during research
  • Independently explore the limitations and potential applications of their project
  • At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will present their work to the department

Heres what it takes to Win

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The passionate individual we seek is a collaborator with these qualifications:

Basic Qualifications

Amgen requires that all individuals applying for an undergrad internship or a co-op assignment at Amgen must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Currently enrolled in a full-time Bachelors Degree program from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum GPA or equivalent
  • Completion of one year of study from an accredited college or university prior to the internship commencing
  • Enrolled in a full-time Bachelors degree program following the potential internship or co-op assignment with an accredited college or university
  • Must not be employed at the time the internship starts
  • Student must be located in the United States for the duration of the internship OR co-op
Preferred Qualifications
  • Degree concentration(s) in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field
  • At least 1-2 years of lab experience (lab courses are applicable)
  • Strong basic lab skills and ability to conduct research (experience in chromatographic purification, reaction optimization, and data analysis)
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Some experience with writing organic reaction mechanisms

Some of the vast rewards of working here

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates professional and personal growth in addition to their well-being:

The base pay range for this opportunity in the U.S. is $24.70 - $28.30.

  • Build a network of colleagues that will endure and grow throughout your time with us and beyond.
  • Bring your authentic self to the table and become the professional youre inspired to be through accepting a culture that values the diversity of thought and experience and will flex to your strengths and possibilities.
  • Participate in executive and social networking events, as well as community volunteer projects.
Apply nowfor an internship/co-op that defies imagination

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Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider you without regard to your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.


We are all different, yet we have this in common: our mission to serve patients. This sense of shared purpose is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. It guides us as we continue to launch new medicines and reach millions of patients worldwide.

We live the mission.

We win together.

We thrive on continual challenge.

Our team of 22,000+ scientists and professionals worldwide bring distinct perspectives and experiences to all we do. We leverage our global talent to achieve together—to research, manufacture and deliver ever-better products and greater depth to our mission.

At Amgen, there is a strong correlation between our high level of diversity and performance. Because addressing issues with a wider range of perspectives and approaches leads to more creative problem-solving. Together, we’re transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health.

Connect with us to explore how you can Win, Live, and Thrive at Amgen.

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