2020 MBA - Global Vaccines Strategy Internship

Date: Jul 19, 2019

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: ADM010652

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck’s Human Health (HH) Division abides by a “patient first, profits later” ideology. Results-driven and ambitious, this team of individuals represents a functional balance between meeting company objectives and the needs of people around the world. The organization is comprised of sales and marketing professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing Merck's prescription medicines, vaccines, and other medical products to our customers worldwide. 

Are you looking to apply your creativity and talent to start building a career that helps improve lives? Merck’s industry-leading resources and culture of curiosity allow ideas and inventions to flourish. Begin your career journey at Merck, and together we’ll work toward Inventing for Life.  As an MBA Intern at Merck, you will be a part of our corporate wide internship program which will provide for opportunities to meet as a broader set of undergraduate and graduate interns across multiple divisions in Merck (Merck Research Labs, Human Health, Merck Manufacturing Division).  The internship program provides exemplary MBA students with the opportunity to work on meaningful assignments and gain real world industry experiences. 

The Vaccines organization serves markets around the world.  In doing so, the Global Vaccines Strategy (GVS) team, works with the Merck Research (MRL) and Merck Manufacturing (MMD) divisions to frame strategic choices, and deliver projects which will grow the business in a profitable manner, while gaining experience with internal partners/stakeholders within Merck, as well as external customers. 

The Global Vaccines Strategy MBA intern role spans two broad areas; strategy development and/or strategy realization, and will create objective, fact-based understanding of Vaccine performance, external trends, and competitive positioning.   Insights will be developed through understanding of strategy methodology, and by use of different databases utilized to build fact-based projects. The incumbent will be expected to lead a project within the GVS group that would lead to the creation of a long-term, global, cross-divisional strategy for Merck Vaccines.

This role is an individual contributor reporting to the Director, Global Vaccines Strategy. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ensure alignment between Vaccines commercial strategy and key market-based strategy functions, as well as HH, MRL and MMD to ensure the project priority will drive results.
  • Collaborate across teams/key stakeholders (Global Competitive Intelligence, Business Development, Corporate Strategy, etc.), developing a network of subject matter experts and data sources to contribute to the project in support of driving operating income growth for Merck Vaccines, address key strategy issues, evaluate strategic choices, develop recommendations, and increase rigor of decision making.  
  • Production of executive level presentations and/or reporting of strategy recommendations to appropriate senior management
  • Perform systematic and comprehensive external scans of global healthcare industry, including competition, customers and industry trends, and translate trends into strategic choices.
  • Build/grow commercial and strategic analytics in a way targeted to improve strategic alignment, growth and efficiency.
  • Provide input into long-term strategic decisions by leveraging datasets and analyses that support dispassionate choices and accurate risk/opportunity assessments. 
  • Ability to distill/translate complex information into understandable and actionable ideas.
  • Utilize different databases to build fact-based projects.
  • Demonstrate ability to seamlessly work with data to identify alternative approaches, weigh trade-offs, and build logical/persuasive arguments for recommended strategies.
  • Create new, and modify existing tools, to address project needs.
  • Promote teamwork and open discussion of issues.
  • Ensure all communication is presented according to Policy, with the review and approval of our Compliance and Legal partners.
  • Miscellaneous direct support and / or project management for other GVS initiatives

Primary Work Location:  Upper Gwynedd, PA

Merck’s Upper Gwynedd campus is located in Upper Gwynedd Township, approximately 28 miles northwest of the City of Philadelphia.  Easy access from Philadelphia by way of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Schuykill Expressway, Interstate 476, Routes 202 and 309.  

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) North Wales train station is located a half mile from campus.  Merck provides daily shuttle service to and from the North Wales train station.

This is a full- time internship position. Housing subsidy is not available as part of this program and must be funded 100% by the student.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • BA or BS Degree Required.
  • Current enrollment in an MBA program.  
  • Candidate must have completed one year of MBA coursework by Summer 2020 and be registered for the Fall 2020 Semester

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Strong understanding of, and experience with, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent strategic, analytical, and critical thinking
  • Strong interpersonal, written, verbal and negotiation/influence skills
  • Strong collaboration, project management and organizational skills; ability to act with minimal supervision, prioritize activities and manage multiple tasks within deadlines 
  • Must be able to begin intern assignment May 2020 and commit for 10-12 weeks

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Business / Data analysis experience
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech or related industries

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.


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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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