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2022 Biologics Process Research & Development Intern

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021 or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

The Future Talent Program features internships that last up to 12 weeks and will include one or more projects.  These opportunities in our Research Division can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

Our Research & Development Division's Biologics Process Research and Development in Kenilworth, NJ, are seeking summer interns who will work collaboratively in a team environment at our state-of-the-art laboratories to develop novel Bio-process technologies and methodologies. Day-to-day research for the intern will focus on solving key challenges in biopharmaceutical process development, process characterization, and manufacturing.
The summer interns will be exposed to: 

  • State-of-the-art bioprocessing approaches, equipment, and facilities used for manufacturing modern biopharmaceuticals.
  • Fundamentals bioprocessing necessary to solve problems as a member of an integrated team in support of the large molecule pipeline at our Company.
  • Expert groups in the areas of cell line development and screening, upstream process development, downstream process development, cell line engineering, high throughput screening, media development, -omics, and continuous processing.

The interns in Bioprocess R&D will also participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. The interns will be responsible for accurate electronic notebook recording of experimental details and for analysis and interpretation of data that may be used for internal or external scientific publications which may follow from the internship. Interns will have the opportunity to gain further knowledge and skill sets via refinement of laboratory skills, introduction to new experimental techniques, exposure to current challenges in bioprocess research, and perspectives on the practical aspects of drug development. In addition, the intern student will have an opportunity to present their research results in both oral and written formats.

We are seeking intern candidates at all levels with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi- functional environment.

Locations: Kenilworth, South San Francisco, and Boston

Required Education and Experience :

  • Candidates must be a currently enrolled student pursuing a Bachelor's, Master’s, or PhD degree in Chemistry, Biology (e.g. Cell Biology, Virology), Biochemistry, Chemical/Biological Engineering, Materials Science, Pharmaceutical Science or a related discipline.
  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to (12) consecutive weeks beginning in June of 2022.
  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward bachelor’s degree by June 2022.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have significant interest in biopharmaceuticals.
  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and research experience, such as: lab notebook recording, use of instrumentation, analysis and interpretation of data, and safe lab practices.
  • Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Candidates should have experience in data sciences.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe. 

Who we are …
We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …
Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.