2022 Research & Development Division Quality Assurance Intern

Job Description

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 & 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's Research & Development Division's Quality Assurance (QA) groups in Rahway, NJ and West Point, PA are seeking 3 summer interns who will work collaboratively in a team environment to help advance Quality throughout the drug development life cycle. QA is comprised of teams that maintain quality focus at each critical stage of development. Each intern will be assigned to 1 of 3 QA groups: Strategy and Business Operations (SBO), Research Quality (RQ) or Global Development Quality (GDQ). Intern assignments are directly dependent on the specific QA group supported.

Global Development Quality (GDQ):

The role of Global Development Quality (GDQ) within QA is to ensure that clinical supplies are safe and manufactured with appropriate quality in compliance with regulatory requirements. GDQ does this by ensuring that there is a strong foundation of quality systems, qualification and validation of our facilities, equipment, and computer/automation systems, and tools to operate against. The group also manages product, document, and system life cycles. GDQ provides quality oversight of manufacturing, packaging and labeling, testing, and release of materials from early- to late-stage clinical trials conducted across the globe for small- and large-molecule (biologics and vaccines) development compounds, API/drug substance, drug product, and finished good within our internal and external networks. The intern position within GDQ will support the organization by assisting with important project-specific tasks to help us advance our operating model and enable new technology implementation with the goal of increasing our efficiency, agility and flexibility to ensure success in the dynamic development environment. These tasks may include but are not limited to project management, communication development, collaboration tool development, document management, documentation review, technical editing, meeting coordination and facilitation, training, onboarding, and other administrative tasks. This position may be located at our Company's West Point, PA site or Rahway, NJ site.

Research Quality (RQ):

QA's Research Quality group contains a QA team that ensures Processes (covering preclinical development, clinical and regulatory) meet internal standards and regulatory requirements. The Research Quality Process intern will have the opportunity to directly support and/or participate in the following activities: 1) Assist with the development and / or deployment of educational and training materials to further the understanding of Process methodologies across RQ and stakeholder areas. 2) Participate in the planning, execution, and close-out of Process audit / assessment activities. 3) Enhance tools and processes used to support quality audits and assessments. 4) Advance the use of analytics to support risk assessment and quality oversight. 5) Lead or assist with the preparation or review of foundational SOPs, Policies, or Execution Resources. This position is anticipated to be located at our Company's West Point, PA site.

SBO Intern Opportunity (SBO):

QA's SBO group serves as a central function within QA with accountability to lead and support initiatives focused on harmonizing and advancing business processes and systems throughout the organization to achieve increased effectiveness and efficiencies. The group also manages our Research & Development Division's QA procedural documentation and liaises across our Research & Development Division to align best practices for various functional areas. The group is also responsible for owning and advancing the Quality Management System (QMS). In addition, the group owns multiple technology systems for managing work within QA and across the larger Research & Development organization. The SBO intern position will primarily be involved in advancing SBO's initiatives and projects. Intern activities may include supporting written standards and good documentation practices in support of the QMS. The intern may also support some of the projects identified through the Quality Forum, a cross-functional team led by SBO with a focus on harmonizing quality practices across the Research & Development Division. The SBO intern may also support implementation and enhancement activities related to different technology tools and IT systems that QA owns. The internship will provide the candidate with an opportunity to collaborate within the SBO team and across QA, which will provide the intern with a greater understanding of the role of quality assurance across the drug development continuum.

This position is anticipated to be located at our Company's West Point, PA site.

The interns in QA will also have the opportunity to network with the QA Leadership Team, which will provide a broad perspective on quality throughout the drug development continuum.

They will also:
  • Gain an understanding of the phases of drug development.
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of quality in ensuring the rights and well-being of patients and the welfare of animals; helping to meet the intent of global regulatory requirements through robust processes and procedures; and ensuring subject, company, and regulator confidence, and public trust in our Company.
  • Interact with employees who have broad experience across the pharmaceutical industry.
  • 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: West Point, PA; Rahway, NJ (see position for the specific location)
  • These are full- time internship positions. Housing subsidy is not available as part of this program and must be funded 100% by the student.

Required Experience & Skills:
  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to (12) consecutive weeks beginning in May or June of 2022.
  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward bachelor's degree by June 2022.
  • Candidates must be pursuing an appropriate scientific or engineering field of study (e.g., Health Care, Health Science, Science, Engineering or Pharmacy)
  • Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Candidates must have strong organizational skills
  • Candidates must have demonstrated ability to take initiative and own deliverables

Preferred Experience & Skills:
  • Candidates should have organizational and Business coursework such as Marketing, Communications
  • Candidates should have project Management Skills
  • Candidates should have experience with document management systems (e.g., FirstDoc, Veeva, Documentum, SharePoint)
  • Candidates should have proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Candidates should have advanced Excel, Word, PowerApps, Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign skills preferred

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, the 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.



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Employee Status:
Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)

No relocation

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No Travel Required

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Requisition ID:R144533