Business Development Internship, Drug Discovery


  • Job Type: Intern
  • Function: Intern
  • Post Date: 04/05/2021
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 5980 Horton Street Suite 105, Emeryville, CA, 94608

About Zymergen

We are a science and material innovation company rethinking biology and reimagining the world. A World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, we partner with nature to create never-before imagined materials and products across industries – from agriculture to electronics, consumer care to pharmaceuticals, and more.

Job Description

At Zymergen, our mission is to create a vibrant, sustainable future through biology. We have developed a platform with biotech capabilities to create new specialty molecules that were previously not available or practical through traditional petrochemical-based chemistry. Zymergen has demonstrated the promise of its platform to produce both new and known molecules through chemistry and biofacturing to deliver unique specialty materials. As an intern at Zymergen, you will work alongside industry leaders to learn, grow, and contribute your best to advance business initiatives and technologies. We strive to create an inclusive work environment where every employee and intern can do their best work and be their true selves. Let’s make tomorrow together!  

Zymergen's Drug Discovery team is launching a new business vertical at Zymergen, deploying our platform to discover new chemical matter against underserved human disease targets. We are seeking an MBA intern to assist with market research, business operations and technical project management at our "start-up within a start-up." Interns can expect to work closely with bioinformaticists, metagenomics scientists, and drug development experts, and participate in foundational work against one of Zymergen's major strategic priorities.

We encourage interested candidates from all ethnic groups, genders, sexuality, age, and abilities to apply. If this job description resonates with you, we want to hear from you!


Key Focus Areas of the role may include:

  • Develop a go-to-market strategy for our new Drug Discovery business unit
  • Identify and prioritize opportunities for our platform to serve underserved indications, targets, biological pathways etc.
  • Brainstorm and help source key customers and platform partnerships
  • Assist with technical project management for our early Pharma partnerships and internal development efforts 

For our internship roles, you will need to be: 

  • Currently enrolled in an MBA or PhD program with at least one semester or quarter remaining post-internship​
  • Available to work 40 hours per week during the summer​
  • Major, experience, or demonstrable interest in the position you apply for
  • Authorized to work in the US

We are looking for qualifications and experience that includes:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Engineering (Chemical, Biomolecular) or otherwise equivalent industry experience 
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Powerpoint / Excel, Google Drive
  • Strong interest in early drug discovery technologies (e.g. biologics, PROTACs etc.) 
  • Excellent communication as well as intercultural skills
  • Open-minded and motivated to work on a multi-cultural team
  • Strong analytical and relentless organizational skills
  • Strong customer service orientation


As a Z-intern, you will enjoy:

  • Meaningful projects with real business impact
  • Intern Specific Virtual Events 
  • Career Development and Mentorship
  • Peer & Senior Level Networking​
  • Participation in Company All-Hands meetings, Employee Resource Groups, and more!


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Founded in 2013, Zymergen is a science and material innovation company rethinking biology and reimagining the world. A World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Zymergen partners with nature to create never-before imagined materials and products across industries – from agriculture to consumer electronics, personal care to pharmaceuticals, and more. The company’s materials are in use today, creating value for Fortune 1000 companies and major corporations across the globe. Our clients have sold over $1 billion worth of products using Zymergen microbial strains. For more information visit:

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