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Merck 2024 University Recruiting - Analytical Research & Development Intern in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description

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

Our Company is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines, and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where our company has codified its legacy for over a century. Our company’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Our company is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Our Research & Development Division is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow and will take our company’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule, vaccines, and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

Our Research & Development Division's Analytical Research and Development department in Rahway, NJ, Kenilworth, NJ, West Point, PA, Boston, MA, and South San Francisco, CA are seeking summer interns who will work collaboratively in a team environment at our state-of-the-art laboratories to develop novel analytical methodologies that impact drug substance and drug product development. Day-to-day research for the intern will focus on solving key challenges in product and process characterization.

The summer interns will be exposed to: 

  • Core instrumentation critical for modern analysis of small molecules, biologics, and/or vaccines, for manufacturing process characterization, and for determination of drug substance and/or drug product chemical,physical, and biological attributes.

  • Fundamentals of analytical, physical, and biological chemistry method development necessary to solve problems as a member of an integrated team in support of the small and large molecule pipeline at our company.

  • The Analytical Research & Development Department will expose the intern to various expert groups in the areas of screening and high-throughput analysis, molecular and physical materials characterization, structural elucidationincluding high end mass spectrometry and NMR techniques, separation-based techniques, assays for interrogating critical attributes of drug products, immunoassays, cell-based assays, labeled-compound analyses, trace metals analyses, and advanced statistical and data analytics/ machine learning processes, further broadening their experience. 

The interns in Analytical 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 analytical techniques, exposure to current challenges in analytical research, and perspective 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 (undergraduate and graduate) with strong performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi- functional environment.

Locations: West Point, PA; Rahway, NJ; Kenilworth, NJ; Boston, MA; South San Francisco, CA

This is a full-time internship position.

Required Education & 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 May or June of 2024.

  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward bachelor’s degree by June 2024.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have significant interest in analytical sciences for small molecules, vaccines, and/or biologics.

  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and research experience, such as: labnotebook recording, use of analytical instrumentation, analysis and interpretation of data, and safe lab practices.

  • Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Under New York City, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

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Attention NJ Applicants: In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ in 2023 and 2024. Therefore, this role will be temporarily based in Kenilworth and exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.





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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


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No Travel Required

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Requisition ID: R256644