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Merck & Co, Inc

2024 University Recruiting - IP Group Law Student Intern

Law Enforcement and Security

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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 Intellectual Property Group is seeking three interns for up to 10-12 weeks, for the period spanning May to August, 2024. Two positions are available based at our Rahway, New Jersey site, and one position is available at our Longwood, Boston site.

Interns should expect to be working on-site at least three days per week, and will have the option to work remotely up to two days per week.

Travel to different Company sites within the Northeast may be required.

Our Company Intellectual Property Group helps our Company succeed in a manner that is responsible and consistent with the company’s values and high ethical standards, and that complies with the law. The Intellectual Property Group is responsible for protecting our Company’s patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property. Intellectual property protection has been a crucial incentive for scientific discovery, leading to the development of important medicines in use today.

Interns will work closely with experienced IP attorneys on various projects. Projects may include:

  • Participating in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO and patent offices outside the United States.

  • Working with IP Group attorneys to analyze our Company and third party patent filings and applications

  • Working with IP Group attorneys to develop patent strategies

  • Helping IP Group attorneys counsel our Company researchers on patent issues, including freedom to operate and patentability studies

  • Assisting IP Group attorneys in support of current or potential patent litigation

  • Working with IP Group attorneys on obtaining trademark protection for our Company products

The intern will have the opportunity to work with various functional areas within the Company, and will learn about the drug development process. The intern will also gain valuable exposure to the intellectual property strategies and practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

A letter of reference from a professor is recommended, but not required; candidates may attach it in the same section of the profile as their resume.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Candidate must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in a science or engineering field, and should be a current law student (full time or part time) pursuing a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, returning to school in fall 2024

  • Candidate should be a 1L law student

  • Candidate must be available for the full 10 to 12 week internship

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate should have a cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA of at least 3.0

  • Candidate should have a strong understanding of and interest in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Candidate should have a strong interest in IP law, and in taking the USPTO patent bar exam

  • Candidate should have superior personal character and ethics

  • Candidate should have strong personal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Candidate should have excellent academic achievement and analytical ability



Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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U.S. Hybrid Work Model

Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

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Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


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Requisition ID:R255742