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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, Automation Engineering (Undergraduate)

  • Seaport Blvd., Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Intern, Automation Engineer works with the Automation Engineering team to ensure that the introduction of new or modified automated protocols are robust, efficient, and cost-effective. The Intern works directly with laboratory automation, understands key parameters on liquid handling robots, and assists the Automation team in establishing best practices. The Intern works in a regulated laboratory and gains exposure to change control processes, Installation Qualification (IQ), Operational Qualification (OQ), and controlled documentation. 

The FMI Internship Program is offered to students currently registered in a degree program. It is a 10-12 week summer commitment, Full Time, 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 all employees by attending many 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

  • Execute experiments and collect data to enhance existing automated workflows and develop new workflows.
  • Participate in cross-team projects supporting enhancements to existing and newly developed automated laboratory assay workflows. 
  • Participate in development of automated test scripts
  • Contribute to statistical data analysis of instrument and assay performance.
  • Employ engineering economic analysis for development and improvement of automated sample processing pipelines.
  • Adhere to FMI’s internal quality and regulatory policies as well as to Good Documentation Practices (GDP).
  • Other duties pertinent to automation engineering as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Rising junior or senior pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in bioengineering, engineering, biotechnology, or a life science or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic or professional experience with:
    • drafting, editing and executing technical documentation, including but not limited to change controls, qualification documents, and Standard Operating Procedures
    • lab automation instrumentation and equipment in bioprocess, fabrication, manufacturing, or other industries with high quality standards
    • procurement of data and data analysis 
  • Exposure or experience working in a regulation-adherent environment (such as environments adherent to FDA, QSR, EU, CLIA, CAP, GxP, and/or ISO regulations)
  • Proficient in writing code in at least one language (Python preferred)
  • Strong knowledge of statistical principles and control trending
  • Self-motivated, enjoys collaborating on a team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented with excellent prioritization and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and independently with minimal supervision and in a team to successfully meet scheduling and quality requirements
  • Ability to work in a laboratory environment in the presence of chemicals and reagents
  • Commitment to reflect FMI’s values of Patients, Passion, Collaboration, and Innovation 


About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) 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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