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Illumina

Process Development Engineer Intern

June - August 2020 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Overall, it was a great experience. The internship went remote due to Covid but they went above and beyond to make sure we still got a good experience and were able to meet other interns virtually. Everyone was very willing to talk to you and answer and questions you had about absolutely anything. My project was interesting and I was able to learn a lot from my team, manager, and technical mentors.

What I wish was different

Of course I wish I had been able to go to San Diego but that was the only thing I wish had been different.

Advice

Use time in any internship to talk to as many people as possible both in your field and outside. It is interesting to hear how people got where there are today and this can help you figure out where you can see yourself in the future. Everyone is happy to talk to interns so take advantage of this!
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Process Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

My internship with Illumina was extremely impactful to my personal and professional growth. Though the experience was virtual, I was able to learn a lot about the company and the biotechnology industry, and had the chance to network with other interns and coworkers of all different backgrounds and experience-levels. The inclusive, fun, and collaborative company culture was very conducive to my own learning and kept the virtual experience very engaging throughout the whole summer. Overall, Illumina is a great company to work for who handled the transition to the online experience exceptionally well; I'd recommend their program to anyone!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Industrial Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Hayward, CA

What I liked

Cared for me and my work, gave me feedback, a lot of effort put into developing me professionally

What I wish was different

I wish it was not a remote virtual internship

Advice

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Development Engineering Intern

June - October 2020 • Foster City, CA

What I liked

Illumina really makes sure that their interns get to engage in real impactful work! Additionally, I really loved the company culture. Everyone is very helpful and supportive, and collaboration and discussions with other members in the company is encouraged. There were a lot of opportunities for professional growth and networking, and I truly felt like I gained a lot from my experience.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be prepared to learn a lot and embrace change!
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SEC Filings and Revenue Intern

June - December 2020 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Such a great learning experience. The team I worked with was super supportive, lots of OSU grads to network with, and I learn about so much I never came in contact with at school. Illumina's goal is to change medicine through the integration of next-generation sequencing and uncoding the genome. Everyday you can take pride knowing you play a part in the future of cancer research.

What I wish was different

COVID-19 kept me from going to San Diego for the summer. Remote work was more difficult than an in person internship and working west coast time was very difficult.

Advice

Try and network as much as possible. The business is a complex model with multiple stakeholders and revenue streams so understanding the business is paramount. Ask a lot of questions and the high intensity culture will give you back what you put in.
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Product Development Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

supportive team, interesting and applicable projects, endless extracurricular activities in San Diego, fast paced work environment, incredible technology (genome sequencing)

What I wish was different

I wish Illumina offered return internships; they only allow students to intern for one summer because the program is for 'new talent only'

Advice

expand your projects and become involved in adjacent areas or projects that you are interested in. Most internship projects have flexibility and your team wants you to become involved in things you're interested in and learn as much as you can!
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Research Associate Intern

May - August 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

A comprehensive and fun internship program at a great company. There were many interns (~88 in San Diego) in all different job functions. There were also plenty of events for interns to come together and build friendships. The managers trusted interns with job duties, but the hours were reasonable (40-45hrs on average). The company culture is outstanding, with a motivated, collaborative culture.

What I wish was different

Would have liked to have received a return offer.

Advice

If you embrace the company's culture and care about the impact you make, this company is for you.
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NextSeq Product Management Intern

June - September 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

I loved working with my new team in Product Management and meeting interns from different backgrounds all around the country.

What I wish was different

I wish i took advantage of the many resources available to me during the summer.

Advice

If you're interested in any area of the business, seek out the people working in those fields. They are always willing to make time for interns!
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Product Management Intern

May - August 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Illumina was a fantastic place to spend a summer. The company culture is absolutely tremendous with a collaborative and innovative spirit.

What I wish was different

Nothing! The experience was fantastic

Advice

Take advantage of the location! Living a mile from the beach was amazing and I wish I used that more
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Customer Service Intern

June - September 2018 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

I loved the iAspire program because I felt like my career and professional skills were being developed holistically instead of just focusing on my summer project. I met amazing people through Illumina that I'm still friends with!

What I wish was different

Advice

Have an open mind about all the events offered to you through this internship program. You might be surprised at what you discover about yourself!
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Everyone was outstanding, intelligent, and caring with a passion for genomics.

What I wish was different

I wish I lived closer.

Advice

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Supply Chain Planning Intern

June - September 2017 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

-Very structured -Plethora of intern events that allow interns to connect with the mission and delve into the Illumina culture -Very rewarding projects, and great subject matter experts -Strong networking opportunities

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

-Take advantage of networking opportunities -Go above and beyond on final project - higher chance for full time employment
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Stock Administration and Real Estate Intern

May - August 2017 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Illumina is a very fast-paced, disruptive company and is pioneering the way in genomics.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been more proactive in meeting colleagues outside of the finance department in order to gain a more holistic understanding of how Illumina functions.

Advice

Be proactive in reaching out to coworkers, regardless of their levels in the corporate ladder. One of the interns reached out to the CEO on his first day and ended up getting lunch with him.
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