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2023 Clinical Trial Operations Development Program Internship

About AbbVie
AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health, and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn. 

Clinical Trials Operations Development Program (CTODP) Internship Overview
Envision spending your summer working with energetic colleagues and inspirational leaders, all while gaining world-class experience in one of the most dynamic organizations in the pharmaceutical industry. This is a reality for participants in the CTODP Internship Program at AbbVie.

Clinical Trials are required before a new compound can be available for use by patients.  A clinical study in human volunteers is conducted to answer specific health questions: Is it safe? Does it work?  Is it better than what is currently offered to patients? At AbbVie, Clinical Operations conducts/manages clinical trials and provides therapeutically aligned, scientific strategy and operations management for the planning, execution and reporting of clinical development programs to enable successful global registration and commercialization of drug development projects.

Internship Description
As an AbbVie intern, you’ll participate in a paid, 10-12-week summer program, working on meaningful assignments that have a real impact on our business and patients worldwide. As an intern you will be located at our corporate headquarters in north suburban Chicago. Throughout the summer there will be planned development and networking activities, along with paid housing and shuttle services for eligible students.

AbbVie’s worldwide Clinical Trial Operations business offers you an opportunity to work in one of the following functional areas and collaborate with clinical sites globally:
  • Data and Statistical Sciences (DSS) – DSS is accountable for delivery of clinical development’s sole products – clinical data of the highest quality and fit-for-purpose analytics and analyses to support the progress of AbbVie’s development pipeline. Our accountability spans the entire AbbVie portfolio, and our purview includes the entire clinical data lifecycle including development of data collection systems and devices, development of sophisticated clinical and operational analytics, management of clinical data integrity, development of code to support analyses and reporting, and analyses of trial results for inclusion in regulatory submission dossiers. 
  • Clinical Study Leadership (CSL) – Clinical Study Leadership delivers quality clinical data to advance innovative therapies in service to our patients through risk-based, integrated planning and execution. CSL works cross-functionally to execute Phase 1-4 clinical research studies within core Therapeutic Areas (Oncology, Immunology, Neuroscience, General Medicine, Aesthetics, and Eye Care).
  • Clinical Site Management (CSM) – Clinical Site Management is an in-house, globally-disbursed organization responsible for the management and monitoring of clinical trials. This in-house model allows AbbVie to deliver scientifically sound, quality, and compliant clinical programs in the shortest possible time for the lowest possible cost in support of AbbVie objectives.
Past examples of internship projects have included:
  • Helping to assess, design and recommend operational analytics to support study management
  • Supporting FDA inspection management and preparation activities
  • Conducting digital health tool (DHT) landscape research to evaluate and identify best-in-class DHTs
  • Tracking, maintaining and ensuring the accuracy of clinical trial data
  • Automating the delivery of external data sources into internal systems by leveraging web scraping techniques, Web-APIs, etc.
  • Working with members of cross-functional teams (Study MDs, Site Monitors & coordinators) to create new onboarding material 
AbbVie strongly considers high performing interns as candidates for the Clinical Trial Operations Development Program (CTODP), a three-year rotational program aimed at developing the leaders of tomorrow within Clinical Operations.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry), or related field; Statistics, Data Sciences, Computer Science, or related field; Engineering (Bioengineering, Biomedical, Chemical); Pharmaceutical Sciences, Neuroscience, or related field
  • Expected graduation date between August 2023 - July 2024
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Proven track record of teamwork, adaptability, innovation, and integrity
  • Business mindset and excellent communication, leadership, project management, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Microsoft Excel or other database experience is a plus
Note that this is not a lab position. These roles supporting our clinical research are operational in nature. This is not a track or feeder opportunity for medical students (MD or PhD/Postdoctoral routes).
Interested in learning more about our Clinical Trials? Please visit our Clinical Trial Homepage:
Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.