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Merck & Co., Inc.

Chemical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • West Point, PA

What I liked

It was a great experience all around. There was always work to do and lots of support from other employees. I ran experiments and completed data analysis and actually was in a position to complete important work.

What I wish was different

For me, there is nothing I wished had been different.

Advice

Doing good work is important. You may not complete everything in the time you have yourself but good data is more important than meeting deadlines at times.
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Pharmaceutical Commercialization Technology Intern

May - August 2018 • Rahway, NJ

What I liked

The inclusion and support that I had throughout my department was amazing. I was able to have a wide range of experiences while work with a diversity group of people. My manager was flexible and understanding of my commuting situation, which may working easier know that I could adjust my hours.

What I wish was different

Advice

That you should never not try to reach, just because you think you can't.
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Global Sourcing and Procurement Intern

May - August 2018 • Kenilworth, NJ

What I liked

Internship experience was invaluable

What I wish was different

Full-time positions were more relevant to my career goals

Advice

Ask questions
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Process Development Intern (Merck Manufacturing Division)

May - August 2018 • Elkton, VA

What I liked

The company culture at Merck's Elkton site was extremely supportive and motivating, and it is clear that employees are driven by the common goal of saving and improving lives. This made it very rewarding to come into work each day knowing that the decisions I made would have an impact on the lives of patients around the world.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions! An internship with Merck provides you with the opportunity to gain so much knowledge about the pharmaceutical industry, and I benefited from trying to approach everything with an open mind and learn as much as possible during my time in Elkton.
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Intern

June - August 2018 • Upper Gwynedd, PA

What I liked

Everything! I had a great boss and learned so much.

What I wish was different

I wish GW had better resources that made finding an internship / going through the process easier.

Advice

Make sure your resume is good before you even think about applying!
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Process Engineering Intern

June - August 2017 • Elkton, VA

What I liked

This was a great experience with valuable opportunities for learning.

What I wish was different

Advice

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IT Intern

June - August 2017 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Working with very smart people, Boston office was very cool

What I wish was different

Wish the internship had a more structured program

Advice

Try to avoid working at one of the NJ/PA sites
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GCTO Monitoring Excellence Intern

May - August 2017 • Rahway, NJ

What I liked

The positive work environment.

What I wish was different

Nothing different.

Advice

Take advantage of networking opportunities.
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Associate Specialist in Biologics Process Development

May - August 2017 • Kenilworth, NJ

What I liked

Everyone at Merck is so inclusive and willing to help. I never felt like "just an intern" and that can be even seen by the fact that my official job title was "Associate Specialist". I asked many, many dumb questions throughout the summer and was surrounded by patient and helpful people who just wanted me to learn as much as possible and took time out of their days to make sure that happened. As a side note, I loved working at Merck because everyone loves what they do!!

What I wish was different

I wish I had been more comfortable to ask silly questions right from the beginning and also more comfortable asking more people for help. It took me some time to get there and that was the best part of my summer!

Advice

Ask questions!! Make sure you understand everything and the logic behind everything and why something is done the way it is done!! Working is great but having a thorough understanding of why you are doing something makes it that much more rewarding!
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Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Discovery Research Intern

May - July 2017 • West Point, PA

What I liked

The team based environment. Everyone worked very closely with those of other disciplines to try and solve the problems they were facing. I hadn’t seen that anywhere else.

What I wish was different

That the internship was longer.

Advice

Prepare for lots of writing and a lot of information given to you. It was an intensive internship.
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Vivarium Intern

May - August 2018 • West Point, PA

What I liked

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the amazing work being done at Merck: being able to experience a small aspect of what would be considered a dream job of mine was life-changing. Beyond the obvious benefits of working at this company, there were many things that were unexpected going into my experience. The amount of resources Merck devotes to its interns on the day to day scale and long term professional development is incredible. The environment is truly conducive to providing countless learning opportunities in both the resources provided as well as the attitudes held by the employees and mentors.

What I wish was different

Nothing! It was a wonderful experience through and through.

Advice

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Screening and Compound Profiling Intern

May - August 2018 • Kenilworth, NJ

What I liked

I really enjoyed working in industry and being surrounded by advanced technology. It was a great learning experience, and all my coworkers were amazing! It was also really cool how my work could be translated into a possible cure/drug 10-15 years down the line! I interacted with so many different people with different backgrounds. I definitely want to come back!

What I wish was different

I wish I worked with more interns. All my co-workers were adults

Advice

You don't have to be an expert in the field to work in it. A lot of people I met were thrust into the fields they work in now and had to learn from the beginning. As long as you have intellectual curiosity and perseverance, you'll be fine!
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Global Sourcing and Procurement/Communications Intern

May - August 2018 • Kenilworth, NJ

What I liked

I liked the opportunity to work at Global HQ where I could learn about and interact with Merck markets in other countries around the world. I had great managers and mentors.

What I wish was different

I wish that there were more interns or entry level workers my around my age to interact with. Most employees at HQ are Director-level and above.

Advice

Take every opportunity you have to expand your network. There were plenty of interesting events, panels, and groups to take part in throughout the summer.
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Global Clinical Trial Operations (GCTO) - Business Analyst Intern

May - August 2018 • Rahway, NJ

What I liked

The opportunity to learn how to create a user interface that properly demonstrated the status of monitoring clinical trials.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to explore more areas of the company.

Advice

I would advise to take advantage of any and all networking experiences!
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Process Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Lansdale, PA

What I liked

My manager did a great job of letting me carry out my own Design of Experiment and get hands-on experience in the lab. I also enjoyed the intern events that were coordinated, such as the lunch-and-learns and lab tours.

What I wish was different

Advice

Network and get to know as many people as possible both in and out of your department to learn more about the company and the great resources it has to offer!
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Global Communication Intern

May - July 2018 • Shanghai, China

What I liked

I met so many talented people in MSD China. Moreover, I gained some insights about pharmaceutical companies.

What I wish was different

More opportunities to see how other departments work and associate with each other.

Advice

Start intern as early as possible, even the intern may not fit into your major. It is always better to step into the society earlier than later.
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