Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0016
Post Date 1/16/2019
Company Ionis
Title Summer Intern - Corporate Communications Internship
Employment Type Temporary

As the leader in RNA-targeted drug discovery and development, Ionis has created an efficient, broadly applicable, proprietary antisense technology platform with the potential to treat diseases where no other therapeutic approaches have proven effective. Our drug discovery platform has served as a springboard for actionable promise and realized hope for patients with unmet needs – such as children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). We created SPINRAZA® (nusinersen)* and are proud to have brought new hope to the SMA community by developing the first and only approved treatment for this disease.

Our sights are set on all the patients we have yet to reach with a pipeline of more than 40 drugs with the potential to treat patients with cardiovascular disease, rare diseases, neurological diseases, infectious diseases and cancer. We created TEGSEDI™ (inotersen) the world’s first RNA-targeted therapeutic approved for the treatment of stage 1 or stage 2 polyneuropathy in adult patients with hereditary transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis (ATTR) that our affiliate Akcea Therapeutics is commercializing. Together with Akcea, we are also bringing new medicines to patients with cardiometabolic lipid disorders.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in the North San Diego County city of Carlsbad, was founded in 1989 and is a challenging, motivating and rewarding environment designed to foster innovation and scientific excellence. Our founding goals have changed little in over 29 years and our success is a direct result of our outstanding employees. We are committed to encouraging students who have an interest in science to continue to pursue that interest by providing opportunities for exposure in a scientific focused business and culture. Join us and experience our unique culture while you develop and expand your career.

Summer Intern - Corporate Communications Internship

Ionis Corporate Communications (CC) is seeking a summer intern with an interest in learning about internal and external communications in a corporate environment by supporting a variety of communications activities and tasks. The intern will complete timely and relevant projects in support of Ionis’ strategic communications objective to increase Ionis’ brand equity to positively influence shareholder sentiment toward the Ionis brand and increase shareholder value. The intern will develop materials for use by the Corporate Communications team and management, including strategic content and creative assets, media relations content and press releases, as assigned. Work will be thoughtfully designed to address business priorities and to provide challenging growth opportunities, exposure to leadership, and a view of the cross-functional nature of a full-time role in the corporate development department at Ionis.

Program Highlights:

  • Paid positions
  • Designed to complement a student’s undergraduate and/or master’s studies with relevant, hands-on industry experience
  • End of program project presentations
  • Activities and team building events


  • MUST be currently enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's degree program and maintaining student status throughout the internship
  • MUST live in the San Diego area during time of the internship
  • Ability to commit to a minimum 40-hour work week
  • Ability to work independently and capable of taking initiative on specific projects
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite with social media experience
  • Creative and flexible
  • MUST provide self-transportation and housing for the duration of the program




Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and all its subsidiaries are proud to be EEO employers.


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