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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, Process Excellence MBA (SAN)

  • Torreyana Road, San Diego, California, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Intern, Process Excellence is responsible for assisting in driving successful implementation of improvement projects across the enterprise, enabling FMI to continue rapid growth and the drive towards profitability. The position focuses on structured problem-solving, growth and transactional process improvement projects. This role involves supporting a new site launch that FMI is undergoing in the San Diego area. The Intern works with stakeholders from Supply Chain, TechOps, IT, Lab Operations, Clinical Operation, QA, Regulatory, Facilities, etc. and learns about forecasting, equipment procurement, lab setup, validation, technology setup, SOP documentation and regulatory filing with the FDA.

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Change Management
    • Assist in driving targeted, sustainable improvement by leveraging consulting skills and change management processes.
    • Partner closely with Operational Excellence Manager to implement continuous improvement in targeted areas.
    • Assist in the development of improvement roadmaps (i.e., how to use FMI tools and processes to drive sustainable improvement results).
    • Support focused deployment of Lean tools across the organization to assure excellence in operational execution.
  • Program/Project Management
    • Assist with the development and implementation of project plan.
    • Communications and Reviews
    • Generate team and cross-functional communications (written and oral).
    • Provide analysis and other contributions to project phase reviews.
    • Track key project metrics.
    • Assist in the evaluation of business decisions to the appropriate management teams and/or functional managers.
  • Relationship/People Management
    • Collaborate with internal and external business partners.
    • Promote kaizen methodology.
    • Facilitate cross-functional collaboration.
  • Process Management
    • Develop and maintain audit system for post-event implementation.
    • Execute efforts to drive cross-functional systems effectiveness.
  • Maintain availability to work outside of a regularly scheduled shift.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Currently a first year MBA student enrolled at an accredited college or university

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in science, engineering, or technology field
  • 2+ years of experience using Microsoft Office Suite with advanced software proficiency
  • 1+ year(s) of experience in process improvement or project management
  • Previous experience managing lab development and expansion programs
  • Experience working with intercultural teams
  • Knowledge of and work experience with Food and Drug Administration regulated products
  • Working knowledge of FDA, International Organization for Standardization, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, and College of American Pathologist regulations
  • Ability to work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail
  • Understanding of HIPAA and importance of privacy of patient data
  • Commitment to FMI values: patients, innovation, collaboration, and passion



Please be aware that Foundation Medicine mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.


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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