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2023 Vaccine Manufacturing Intern

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in customer-facing commercial or research-based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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

These positions provide candidates with great personal/career development opportunities, the opportunity to work on projects having an impact to vaccine manufacturing, and a chance to see if our Company is the right company for their long-term goals. The intern projects vary with current business needs and can be in one or more of the following areas:

VACCINE MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS SUPPORT                                               

  • Work as part of the team manufacturing life-saving vaccines for counties all over the world
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to improve and/or optimize manufacturing processes
  • Support/lead projects directly tied to improving the safety and/or compliance performance of the operations areas 


  • Work with operations and quality groups to maintain products at a high level of performance/compliance through completion of effective investigations, process improvement activities, and other key projects.
  • Transfer products within our Company's internal manufacturing network or help start up new product and/or manufacturing facilities
  • Execute strategic technical projects to enhance our World Class Supply posture – decrease inventory, shorten cycle times, lower costs


  • Design, build, and/or renovate advanced manufacturing plants, laboratory and office facilities
  • Potential involvement with all phases of project management from the first engineering drawing to the last phase of project start up
  • Work with cross-functional teams to improve reliability of equipment and facilities

Required Education:

  •  Candidates must be Sophomore level curriculum or higher, working toward BS, MS, or PhD in Chemical, Biochemical, Biomedical, Biological, Computer, Electrical, Packaging, or Mechanical Engineering or other related science (Chemistry, Biology, Virology, or Microbiology) or manufacturing related program (Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, etc.).

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have pharmaceutical or vaccine manufacturing-related experience.
  • Candidates should have strong collaboration skills, strong communication skills, lean six sigma experience/ knowledge, strong project management skills.
  • Candidates should have knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), data analytics experience.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time. 

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.