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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Summer Legal Intern


Legal Assistant


Rahway, New Jersey, 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 Support Functions division can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

The Corporate Transactions Legal Team is seeking an intern who is a current 1L law student who will have completed one year (1L) of law school by Summer of 2023 and will be returning to law school in the Fall of 2023 for their second (2L) year. The position will be located at our Headquarters in Rahway, New Jersey. The Company currently uses a hybrid work model, with 2 to 3 days a week in office. There remains the potential for change to a full remote work opportunity based upon the status of the Covid pandemic (at Company discretion).

The Corporate Transactions Legal Team is within the Office of General Counsel organization. The Office of General Counsel is responsible for helping the Company succeed in a manner that is responsible and consistent with the company’s values and high ethical standards, complies with the law, and protects and enhances our reputation and other assets. The Corporate Transactions Legal Team handles all of the business development, licensing, research collaboration, merger and acquisition and other similar transactions. Through its transactions, our Company is committed to finding and developing the best science to meet major unmet medical needs of patients.

One internship position with the Corporate Transactions Legal Team is available in Summer 2023. During your internship appointment you will work closely with experienced business development and transactional attorneys on projects with key tasks that may include the following:

  • Working closely with attorneys on agreements supporting the development of the Company’s products and the acquisition of products and services in connection with such development activities

  • Supporting projects for direct and indirect procurement functions and global real estate services

  • Working closely with attorneys to support transactions led by the Company's Corporate, Research Laboratories, Global Human Health, Manufacturing, Vaccines and Animal Health Divisions, including performing due diligence activities

  • Assisting in drafting and negotiating clinical trial, investigator/consultant, research collaboration, data/material transfer, non-disclosure, procurement, license and other agreements

  • Assisting with governmental filings with the competition law authorities in the U.S. and other markets

  • Supporting activities to summarize/organize critical agreements and agreement provisions

  • Legal research

Travel to Company sites within New Jersey and Pennsylvania may be required.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates must be a Law student (full-time or part-time) pursuing a J.D. degree from an accredited law school

  • Candidates must have an Undergraduate degree

  • Candidates must be available for 10-12 weeks internship

  • Candidates must be a current 1L student returning to Law School in Fall of 2023 for 2L year

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate, masters, or Ph.D. GPA

  • Candidates should have experience with or study in the scientific, business or compliance fields

  • Candidates should have strong personal character and ethics

  • Candidates should have superior communication and interpersonal skills

  • Candidates should have excellent academic achievement and analytical ability

  • Candidates should be team player with ability to work independently

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

We partner with the business to ensure we maintain our company’s values and high ethical standards, comply with the law, protect our people and enhance our reputation. We strive to foster an environment that is inspiring, supportive and diverse.

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.



For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico – Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) (“Customer-Facing Role”) who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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Our company is committed to inclusion, ensuring that candidates can engage in a hiring process that exhibits their true capabilities. Please click here if you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Under New York City law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$59,400.00 - $101,000.00

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully
Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:



Not Indicated

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Requisition ID:R203823