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Intern - Process Chemistry (Process Safety)

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

Intern – Process Chemistry – Foster City, CA
As a Gilead intern you will contribute to high-impact meaningful projects that will not only further advance our company’s mission but will allow you to gain real world experience at one of the most innovative organizations in the world. You will also have opportunities to participate in special events including professional development and leadership presentations, social/network building activities and local community volunteer programs.

Key Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Interns will gain experience in small molecule process development with state-of-the-art techniques and equipment while working as integrated members of the Process Chemistry department
  • This experience will include exposure to the typical problems encountered in pharmaceutical process research and development, aspects of green chemistry, and process safety and engineering as applied to scale-up
  • Under general supervision, and working alongside a talented team of chemists and chemical engineers, interns in Process Chemistry at Gilead will carry out research on projects relating chemical process safety for scale-up reactions
  • Typical job functions will include: execution of experiments to support chemical process safety evaluations for safe scale-up and literature searching and data gathering of potential chemical hazards
  • Carry out all laboratory work in a safe manner
  • Document, summarize, and present ongoing research activities to project teams
  • Showcase your work with a final poster board presentation near the conclusion of your internship

Required Qualifications:
  • Interest in the intersection of chemistry and engineering in drug development and scale-up
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Authorized to work in the United States without Sponsorship now or in the future
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor’s/Masters/MBA/PhD program at an accredited US based university or college
  • Must be a Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in undergrad or a Graduate or Doctoral Student
  • Must be enrolled full-time in the Fall Semester at an accredited university/college after the completion of the internship
  • Must be able to complete a 10-12 consecutive week internship between May and August
  • Must be able to relocate if necessary and work at the designated site for the duration of the internship
  • Must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and first booster shot 
  • Good verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills are required
  • For lab based internship, a strong interest in organic chemistry and minimum of two semesters of organic chemistry (with labs) completed is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to identify issues and seek solutions
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity in the workplace
  • Efficient, organized, and able to handle short timelines in a fast-paced environment
  • Good verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills are required
  • Undergraduate research experience, including general familiarity with setting up reactions, common analytical techniques (TLC, NMR, HPLC), crystallization, distillation is preferred.

Gilead Core Values:
  • Integrity (Doing What’s Right)
  • Inclusion (Encouraging Diversity)
  • Teamwork (Working Together)
  • Excellence (Being Your Best)
  • Accountability (Taking Personal Responsibility)

As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.  In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance. For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the EEO is the Law poster.