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Legal Intern, Securities and Corporate Governance

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms.  

Our Corporate Legal team is focused on providing creative solutions to help drive groundbreaking endeavors at Ginkgo, and we’re seeking a talented, motivated, and energetic Legal Intern to join our Securities and Corporate Governance team. 

As a Legal Intern for the Securities and Corporate Governance team, you will assist our securities corporate counsel with various matters, including SEC reporting, corporate governance, public disclosure, financing, contractual matters, risk management and a variety of other legal and business issues. Reporting to our Senior Corporate Counsel for securities, you will be part of an exciting, high growth company and a dynamic legal team. 

Please note:  this is primarily a remote role; however, if possible we would like to schedule in person meetings at our Boston headquarters once per month. Travel will be sponsored by the team.

The Ginkgo Bioworks Early Talent program is open to students who will return to their degree programs upon completion of their employment at Ginkgo. Candidates must be enrolled in a United States based institution and/or have work authorization in the United States to be eligible to participate.

  • Assist the securities corporate counsel with compliance with SEC and NYSE rules and regulations, including filing 10-Ks/Qs, 8-Ks, Section 16 filings, and proxy statement and registration statement filings
  • Assist with the drafting, negotiation and review of a wide variety of agreements in support of the company’s programs
  • Collaborate with our investor relations and communications teams, including with respect to our corporate website, press releases and investor presentations
  • Evaluate various compliance policies, including our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and Insider Trading Compliance Policy
  • Nurture a culture of compliance throughout the organization
  • Timely provide transactional support on corporate aspects of financing activities and strategic external arrangements
  • Support user-friendly equity plan administration in collaboration with our Finance and People Teams
  • Varied tasks associated with corporate governance matters, compliance with third-party obligations, preparation for board meetings and annual stockholder meetings, employee stock transfer and the like
  • Support other Legal team initiatives as needed

Minimum Requirements
  • BA/BS degree completed
  • You are a current 1L or 2L in a JD program with an interest in securities and corporate governance work at a publicly traded company

Preferred Capabilities and Experience
  • You have a corporate law interest, including interest in SEC and NYSE rules and regulations, corporate governance and corporate finance
  • Experience navigating within a complex business organization and interfacing with finance, human resources, communications and commercial departments in a publicly traded corporation, a plus but not required
  • You are an aspiring legal advisor and collaborative business partner to your colleagues
  • You have a desire to develop your technical legal skills, business acumen and judgment
  • You are committed to personal and professional ethics and integrity
  • You are excited to work in a fast-paced, start-up environment at a high-growth company
  • You are an effective problem-solver, someone who is resourceful and able to seamlessly multi-task various matters
  • You are exceptional in your written and oral communication skills with strong attention to detail

We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.