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Merck & Co, Inc

2024 University Recruiting - Data Science Intern

Science and Research

Food Science


West Point, Pennsylvania, 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's Research Lab's Data Science, Automation, and Translational Analytics (DATA) group within the Pharmacokinetic, Dynamics, Metabolism and Bioanalytics (PDMB) department is seeking a summer intern to work on leveraging large language models for PDMB applications, including but not limited to literature/document summary/extraction/annotation. The intern is expected to leverage LLMs, such as ChatGPT, Llama 2, through prompt engineering, prompt tuning, LoRA, and model fine-tuning, etc.. The intern is also expected to develop, either independently or through collaboration with software engineers, a web-based UI for users to access the final models.

Learning opportunities for the prospective intern are:

  • Professional Development: The intern will gain hands-on experience in UI development, search engine integration, and AI application in a professional setting, boosting their skill set and employability.
  • Exposure to the Field: This internship will provide the intern with a deep dive into the world of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug metabolism, exposing them to state-of-the-art research and developments in the field.
  • Networking Opportunities: The intern will have the opportunity to work with a team of professionals and experts, building a strong network and potential references for their future career.
  • Contribution to an Innovative Project: The intern will contribute to an innovative project with practical real-world application, potentially revolutionizing how professionals in this field conduct literature reviews and stay updated with recent research advancements.

We are seeking intern candidates at all levels with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi- functional environment.


  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree or higher education in computer science, data science, information science, computational science, engineering or related field
  • Candidates must have completed two (2) years of studies towards a Bachelor's degree by June 2024

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates must be able to commit to full-time onsite employment for 10 - 12 weeks beginning June of 2024
  • Proficiency in Python

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Full stack development experience
  • Prior experience with Javascript and AWS
  • Prior experience with ChatGPT/Copilot or other LLMs and AI programmers
  • Prior experience in leveraging and working with AI on creative topics (such as arts and research)
  • Prior experience with prompt engineering, either from work experience, course projects, or personal projects
  • Quick learner and passionate in software application and programming in drug R&D
  • Ability to follow procedures and thoroughly document experiments
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, and collaboration skills
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher



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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Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

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Requisition ID:R255143