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At Foundation Medicine we look for the best and brightest interns and co-ops who share our hunger for transforming cancer care. Learn more about our 2022 program here. 


Intern, Lab Operations

  • Kit Creek Road, Morrisville, North Carolina, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

Laboratory Operations Interns support technologists who perform patient sample processing within the Accessioning, Histology, Pathology, and Molecular laboratories. In this role the Intern assists with reagent preparation, equipment maintenance, monitoring and tracking equipment, maintaining materials stocks, organizing process documents, as well as other tasks in FMI’s highly complex clinical diagnostic laboratory. Additionally, Lab Operations Interns will create and present a capstone project to the team. 

The FMI Internship Program is offered to students currently registered in a degree program; it is a 10-12 weeklong summer commitment. Students are required to be onsite Monday-Friday for 40 hours/week. Interns will gain a greater understanding of FMI through challenging project-based work, Spotlight Speaker Series with company executives, and the chance to connect with employees by attending company-wide events. Foundation Medicine is unable to consider candidates that will require visa sponsorship now, or in the future, for this specific role. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain adequate stock and efficient use of supplies necessary for performing all procedures. 
  • Prepare Molecular reagents as required. 
  • Shadow Histology Technicians, Pathologists, and Molecular Technologists performing patient sample processing. 
  • Participate in biohazard, chemical, and radiation safety and other continuing education programs. 
  • Perform routine lab maintenance including daily, weekly, monthly, and as needed equipment maintenance. 
  • Help with de-bulking in Accessioning. 
  • Help file slides in Histology. 
  • Assist with sample movement through the lab facility.   
  • Operate a microtome to produce practice slides or curls from paraffin blocks.  
  • Observe data entry with onsite Pathologists including sample quality assessments and measurements.  
  • Ensure and maintain molecular safety integrity and quality of specimens.  
  • Support organizational and cleaning activities in the lab. 
  • Demonstrate commitment to quality and continuous improvement. 
  • Follow instructions defined in Standard Operating Procedures. 
  • Create a final presentation for team members on a subject related to Next Generation Sequencing or the Oncology field. 
  • Perform other lab duties and projects as assigned. 


Basic Qualifications:

  • Current sophomore or junior enrolled in an accredited college or university, pursuing Bachelor of Science degree in a biological or life science.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) or College of American Pathologists (CAP) certified laboratory.
  • Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong listening skills and effective collaboration skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Ability to multi-task and remain flexible with changing priorities.
  • Highly motivated, with a strong work ethic and tenacity.
  • Commitment to reflect FMI’s values: Passion, Collaboration, Patients and Innovation.


About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine began with an idea—to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.

Our 2022 Internship Program

At Foundation Medicine we look for the best and brightest interns who share our hunger for transforming cancer care. Not only will each intern have the opportunity to learn and grow, but we will also learn from our interns as we pursue our passion together. We offer opportunities in departments across the company including: Lab Operations, Cancer Genomics, Data Strategy & Product Development, Technology, and Business Support Services. 

Learn more about our 2022 program here. 

"My time as an intern helped shape my career decisions. Seeing the important work done at Foundation Medicine helped me realize that this was the right path for me. After I graduated college in May of 2020, I was offered a full-time position as a Molecular Technician, before being promoted to a Molecular Technologist I. In my current role, I process patient samples by performing DNA digestion, extraction, library construction, and quality control assays."

- Stephanie, Molecular Technologist, Former Laboratory Operations Intern


Learn more about making the most of your internship here. 

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Foundation Medicine is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, or national origin. Further, qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also FMI’s EEO Statement and EEO is the Law and Supplement. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.  (EOE/AAP Employer)

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