Internship - Computational Protein Design

Seattle, WA, US

Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases.

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About the Department                                                                                                                                             

Our Boston Research & Development hub, anchored in the greater Boston area, brings together the best minds in life science innovation. The teams located in facilities in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge reflect the full R&D continuum, from early research through late-stage clinical development. Here, we are building for the future, creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. Our greater Boston R&D hub merges biotech speed and agility with large pharmaceutical company quality, resources, and stability, uniting the best of both worlds to develop new medicines for patients.


The Program

At Novo Nordisk, interns will have the opportunity to work closely with experienced industry professionals and gain valuable, hands-on, full-time work experience.   For ten weeks, interns will be immersed in the environment of a global pharmaceutical company and contribute to the line of business by providing sustainable and meaningful project work.  Our internship program also includes instructor led trainings, a leadership engagement series, and a guided mentorship program to offer professional and personal development. 

Program Start: June 3rd, 2024.

Program End: August 9th, 2024.


Scope of Position

As an intern in Computational Protein Design, your responsibilities would include assisting in the creation, development, and optimization of deep learning (DL)/machine learning (ML) models to predict drug properties. The intern will be able to apply their knowledge of computational biology and machine learning algorithms to analyze complex data, including but not limited to protein sequences, structures, and biophysical data. Furthermore, you will assist in the implementation and testing of DL/ML models and contribute to the improvement of current models by incorporating new research findings and insights. Participating in data preprocessing, feature extraction, model training, validation, and testing would also be a part of this internship. You would also be collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers, and effectively communicate your findings and progresses to both technical and non-technical stakeholders. Ultimately, your work will contribute to our understanding of protein design and potentially lead to the development of novel therapeutic.


Physical Requirements

  • 0% overnight travel required.



  • Must be a current student enrolled or recently graduated (graduation date no earlier than April 2024) at/from an accredited college or university pursuing at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • A completed or in progress Masters or Doctorate degree in Computer Science, Computational Biology, Bioengineering, or a related discipline preferred.
  • Strong academic record with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Conscientious self-starter with good organizational skills, project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and priorities, must be able to multi-task.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and ability to collaborate with teams; must effectively operate independently, across functional lines, and with internal customers.
  • Demonstrated personal initiative, self-motivation, flexibility, adaptability and willingness to learn.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

At this time, Novo Nordisk is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future would require sponsorship for employment visa status.


In compliance with Washington's Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, see compensation below: The base compensation range for this position is $43,680 to $79,040 annualized. Base compensation is determined based on a number of factors. This position is not benefit eligible*


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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