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AbbVie Oncology Target Validation Research Intern in Sunnyvale, California

Oncology Target Validation Research Intern

USA, California, Sunnyvale

Regulatory Affairs

Requisition #2000998

As an AbbVie Summer Intern, you will participate in a paid, ten-week summer program that is focused on providing students with robust projects throughout the summer. As an intern, you will be located at our office in Sunnyvale, CA, with housing and shuttle services for eligible students.

General Position:

AbbVie Oncology Discovery, Sunnyvale campus is looking for highly motivated, self-driven undergrad student who has the passion for biology with the goal of getting experience in drug discovery. Intern student will be involved in thevalidation of novel oncology targets through genetic manipulation in tumor cell lines andis expected to learn and perform a diversity of cellular and molecular biology approaches including cell culture, western blotting/WES, MSD, FACS and CRISPR technology with the goal of independently executing these techniques. Applicants should be interested in laboratory-focused role with a high level of experimental vigor, quality, and reproducibility.

Assignment Details:

  • Independently execute experiments in the lab with some supervision.

  • Analyze and interpret data using scientific analysis and statistical software.

  • Summarize and communicate findings to the research team in a timely manner.

  • Maintain detailed records of all experiments in a laboratory notebook.


  • Completed at least one year of college education before beginning internship

  • Currently enrolled and in good standing at an accredited University graduate program

  • Undergraduate Level Student

  • Be an active student in good standing at an accredited university

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship (students on an F1 visa with CPT can be accommodated).


  • Qualified applicants will be moving into either junior or senior level coursework in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology or other related field.

  • Must have previous laboratory experience, must be able to independently handle basic laboratory experiments, such as cell culture, PCR, and Western blot.

  • A working understanding of basic cell or molecular biology techniques is a plus.

  • Strong teamwork skills and collaboration with peers and colleagues are critical

  • Must be able to prioritize and manage multiple research activities in a well-organized manner.

  • Proficient in computer skills (Microsoft Office, Power point and Excel).

  • Excellent organizational, record keeping, and communication skills.

Final Presentation:

Each intern is expected to prepare a short presentation to their team to share what they have learned through their internship and how they hope their new knowledge will help them secure their future career. Presentations may be approximately 10-15 minutes long and should include visual aid (posters or PowerPoint).

Additional Information

  • Significant Work Activities and Conditions: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)

  • Travel: No

  • Job Type: Internship

  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Job Level Code: IC