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Merck & Co., Inc.

Screening & Compound Profiling Intern

May - August 2019 • Kenilworth, NJ

What I liked

Lots of responsibility and I felt like I was making real, valuable contributions to my team

What I wish was different

Advice

Try to live with other interns or close to the site
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

January 2020 • Elkton, VA

What I liked

I definitely enjoy the valuable work that Merck does, with the goal of the patient in mind. It is very motivating to be able to work for a purpose of helping others. In my time at Merck, I’ve also met so many intelligent individuals. In this environment, I am constantly learning from my coworkers, and they are learning from me. My managers and peers were constantly willing to explain concepts that I did not understand and helped to guide me to answers.

What I wish was different

Advice

Go in with an open mind and be willing to learn. I am a biotechnology student, so entering as an Engineering Intern came with its challenges. Merck prepared me for my role by providing me with plenty of resources. My willingness to learn and my openness to a challenge definitely helped me excel in my role.
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Technical Operations & Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • West Point, PA

What I liked

Great program, lots of opportunities for interns to learn about different departments of the company.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Make connections with people in all different roles, departments, and levels of experience, because you never know what kinds of opportunities they will create!
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IT Business Analyst

April - September 2019 • Upper Gwynedd, PA

What I liked

Merck is an awesome company with a lot of room for growth. They are actively trying to grow their research and leverage new tools in the field of tech to make their business better. Though many outsiders may see Merck as an older established company, they are trying to make their workplace feel more modern with modern ideas and tools.

What I wish was different

I really didn't have any negative experiences. I wish there was greater input that could be made to upper management. I could only provide input to my team.

Advice

Share your skillset in the first few weeks and be eager to learn. You'll be able to get your foot in the door and you'll learn a lot. If you have new ideas, share them! Merck is actively trying to update and upgrade their older tech stack and update the workplace to entice the next generation of employees.
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Associate engineer

February - December 2019 • Elkton, VA

What I liked

Flexible hours, Young Workforce, Technical Experience Gained, Great Supervisor

What I wish was different

Better location and Closer to Richmond

Advice

Great Company, but disorganized. Make sure youre learning something new everyday and get the most of your experience. Dont let the supervisors just use you as cheap labor.
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Procurement Intern

May - August 2019 • Kenilworth, NJ

What I liked

The People, the work and the industry were all key contributors to my experience. The people at Merck are very willing to take time out of their day and invest in their interns. This is essential to a positive learning experience where you work in an environment where you collaborate and develop together, rather competing next to one another. Additionally, the work I was provided gave me real hands on experience, I had full autonomy of the projects and I witnessed the direct impact on the company. Lastly, I think the working in the pharmaceutical industry is a very interesting and valuable experience as you have the opportunity to understand out healthcare system more and get to contribute to products that help millions of people.

What I wish was different

I think the intern program could have been better about, on boarding the interns to Merck; understanding the company, what they do and how they function.

Advice

Challenge the status quo, do not be afraid to contribute to the team and provide your input.
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Associate Specialist

April - September 2019 • West Point, PA

What I liked

I liked the people, the environment, and the work.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been given more work to do.

Advice

I would say go out and network and ask people if they have any work that needs to be done.
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Global Sourcing and Procurement Intern

May - August 2019 • West Point, PA

What I liked

I liked how I was able to intern for a department that is not necessarily related to my major of Finance and understand what other business roles are out in the world.

What I wish was different

Wish there had been more networking among interns

Advice

Great people and opportunities. However, they do not give return offers. Even summer interns need to apply on job site when jobs are posted throughout the year
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Corporate Audit Co-Op

July 2019 • Kenilworth, NJ

What I liked

I enjoyed working with everyone on the Corporate Audit team. I worked directly with the SOX PMO (Project Management Office) but got to experience projects in many different areas of the team as well. A terrific learning experience and got to see so much of the business from the internal perspective. The Co-Op also provided a much longer experience than an internship which certainly helped expose me to many more areas of the business. Great opportunity for rising juniors and for finance majors as well.

What I wish was different

More exposure to the finance areas of the company.

Advice

Do not be afraid to network with the group and ask questions. Everyone is so welcoming and are all willing to grab a coffee or even chat over lunch.
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Global Safety and Environment Intern

June - October 2019 • Kenilworth, NJ

What I liked

The people, learning atmosphere, and opportunities to join the company full-time

What I wish was different

I wish I was a part of an intern program so I could meet others

Advice

Meet everyone you know, and ask them about their experiences. I learned a lot about the company and the industry by talking to those who work in it. Connect with them on linked in, and build as many relationships as you can -- you never know who might be able to help you in the future!
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Automation Support

June - September 2019 • West Point, PA

What I liked

The company culture

What I wish was different

the availability I was able to offer, I could only come in every Friday and I often felt out of the loop when It came to projects because of how often I was able to be there

Advice

make connections in your co-op because they can lead to something like this!
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Global Scientific and Medical Publications Intern

May - August 2019 • Upper Gwynedd, PA

What I liked

Great for my professional development, exposed to different departments, large company, flexible schedule, great people/boss, lots of other interns, great pay, cool outside opportunities, housing if needed

What I wish was different

More opportunities for interns to connect, more meaningful projects, not a great location

Advice

Work hard and make connections with as many people as you can. At Merck, there are so many resources at your disposal. Make the most of your experiences and it will be extremely rewarding.
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Market Operations Intern

June 2019 • Upper Gwynedd, PA

What I liked

Culture, Opportunity to network with top level executives, Intern Cohort Experience, independence, visits to labs to learn about the work we are doing in pharmaceuticals, meeting CEO Ken Frazier

What I wish was different

Better intern cohort experience, meet with other interns more often, better integration in the first three weeks to learn about the company and structure

Advice

Definitely ask for more responsibility and opportunity, working at any large company can be daunting and everyone has a full plate. It is important to make sure that you let people know you are willing to take on additional responsibility and ask for opportunities to grow your career.
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Merck Production System Intern

May - August 2019 • Elkton, VA

What I liked

The intern program at the Elkton Merck site gave me the opportunity to work on a project that had significant value to the company. I had a large team supporting me with members from the Merck Production System group and the HPV Purification area. I was even given the opportunity to present my work to the plant manager. The program also took us on two trips during the summer, hosted numerous tours and lunch & learns, and linked us up with mentors.

What I wish was different

I do wish that interns had more input on the projects we were assigned to work on. While my project was important, it was not in an area of manufacturing that I was interested in pursuing a career in. I think I would have enjoyed my summer a lot more if I could have picked a project more in tune with my interests.

Advice

Take advantage of being an intern! This is true at any company - when you are an intern there are so many opportunities open to you. I was able to have informational interviews with site leadership team members to hear about their experiences and career paths. Through all the tours and lunch & learns I got valuable insight into the different opportunities in the company and figured out a lot about what I want for my future career. I also got to expand my network and build relationships with my mentors, who helped me a lot throughout the summer. Wherever you intern, take advantage of the opportunities open to you as an intern!
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Regulatory Affairs

June - August 2019 • Upper Gwynedd, PA

What I liked

- Great travel opportunities - Volunteering opportunities - Leadership & learning opportunities - Supportive team - Fun work environment - Large network of interns - Assigned a mentor - Competitions for interns

What I wish was different

- Less focus on hiring engineering, nursing, and pharm students for all positions... diversity in education is beneficial! - Less focus on recruiting from a specific list of schools - Intern to hire opportunities in more divisions for undergrads

Advice

The amount of effort you put into the experience is how much you get out of it. This really is an amazing and competitive internship. How how you work will determine if other Widener students are recruited in the future.
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Manufacturing and Reliability Engineering Coop

April - September 2019 • West Point, PA

What I liked

Dynamic environment, great company culture, fun and collaborative team, meaningful and intrinsically noble work and cause, huge networking opportunities and excellent training and guidance

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Ask as many questions as you can to learn more. It will speed up your potential and progress and set you up for success in the future.
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Assoc. Spclst. Administrative Services

May - August 2019 • Upper Gwynedd, PA

What I liked

- Supportive and knowledgeable team - Diverse tasks and projects - Innovative and industry leader - Technology leader - Large intern network - Intern to hire opportunities - Volunteering opportunities - Flexible hours - Pretty much everything!

What I wish was different

- Increased diversity in education backgrounds - Follow up program with interns regarding potential future employment

Advice

- The more you get out of the experience, the more you need to put into it - This is already an amazing experience to have but to really succeed you need to make a strong effort in all aspects of your work - Be confident, take pride in even the mundane tasks, as questions, take notes, and NETWORK
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Technical Operations Intern

May - August 2019 • Durham, NC

What I liked

Durham is a lovely place to spend the summer. There's lots to do and see. The people at the Merck Durham plant were super nice and always willing to help with intern projects

What I wish was different

Advice

Ask your recruiter lots of questions about manufacturing and sterile manufacturing before starting your internship. Everyone knows you're coming in blind, but you're going to be so overwhelmed with information the whole time, it's easiest to do some learning before you start work.
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Associate Specialist, Operations

June - August 2018 • West Point, PA

What I liked

Was a great opportunity to see how the company worked and what jobs are available for engineers in the field, also great for meeting people and creating a network.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Project Management Intern

June - August 2018 • Branchburg, NJ

What I liked

I loved my internship experience at Merck. I was able to learn so much about my field and found a mentor who really helped me find the next step in my career. The people at Merck were so supportive and always willing to help. I loved the environment because everyone truly loved their jobs and were there to help each other grow. The flexibility was amazing as we had summer Fridays so we could work from home or leave earlier and really be able to enjoy the summer.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten to know the other interns more through activities. All of us were really invested into our works because we had real assignments/projects/meetings to run and didn't always have time to spend with each other.

Advice

Make the most of this internship because you can gain so many valuable learning experiences as well as connections with people who have worked in other industries/companies. Everyone has a diverse background and is willing to take time to teach and share their experience.
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