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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Global Development Quality Co-op

Business Development

Strategic Planning


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features Cooperative (Co-op) education that lasts up to 6 months 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.

Quality Assurance is comprised of various teams that maintain quality focus at each critical stage of development. We are seeking a spring/summer co-op who will work collaboratively in a team environment to help advance Quality throughout the drug development life cycle.

The role of Global Development Quality (GDQ) within our company's QA is to ensure that clinical supplies are safe and manufactured with appropriate quality in compliance with regulatory requirements. The GDQ team 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 team 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 co-op position will support the GDQ team 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 West Point, PA site or Rahway, NJ site.

The co-op 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 ​​confid​ence and public trust in our company

  • Interact with employees who have broad experience across the pharmaceutical industry.

We are seeking a co-op candidate with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi-functional environment.

This is a full-time co-op position. Housing subsidy is not available as part of this program and must be funded 100% by the student.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Candidates must be available for work full-time for up to (6) consecutive months beginning in late March or early April 2023.

  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward a bachelor’s degree by June 2023.

  • Candidates must have an interest in Health Care, Health Science, or Pharmacy

  • Candidates must be a current student (sophomore, junior or senior) enrolled in a B.S. or graduate student enrolled in a M.S. in Scientific/Engineering/Data Analytics/IT/Public Health/Business or related field program

  • Candidates must have strong organizational skills

  • Candidates must have demonstrated ability to take initiative and own deliverables

  • Candidates must have demonstrated interpersonal skills including flexibility, collaboration and inclusion skills, and ability to work in a team environment

  • Candidates must have demonstrated self-starter with capability to develop innovative solutions to challenges

  • Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Candidates should have proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams)

  • Candidates should have advanced Excel, Word, PowerApps skills preferred

  • 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)

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., Rahway, 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.



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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:R207581