Student opportunities

A career with purpose

Scientists. Engineers. Dealmakers. Problem solvers. These are the people who, for more than 130 years, have made our company a constant disruptor in the healthcare space; the vanguard of innovation. ​​​​​Join us in the quest to save and improve the lives of people and animals around the world.

Internships and co-ops

Internships: our U.S. internship program lasts 10–12 weeks between June and August.

Co-ops: our U.S. co-ops join us for four to six months.

Dates may vary depending on your academic institution or functional area of expertise.

Join a program that provides exemplary students with the opportunity to work on meaningful assignments and gain real world experiences in the following fields:

See what our Interns are saying about working here!

I've had the opportunity to see many different departments and work with amazing people from all over the world with diverse viewpoints who are just totally invested in innovating every day.

Hannah Haas
Biologics & Vaccines 

Joining a company like this has been a great experience for me and I can't think of anywhere else to be right now. I'm glad I'm part of a company and a team that is working every day to make lives of people better, to impact and improve lives, so that has been a great experience for me.

Supply Chain Management Intern

Everybody treats me not like an intern, but like any other employee; and that makes a big different being an older intern coming from a different environment. My first impressions were, 'wow, these people are awesome, they're talking to me like I'm one of them.'

Associate Specialist Engineering Co-Op

The Intern/Co-Op program at Merck is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in an organization that is doing IMPACTFUL work around the world. I have met some truly extraordinary people through my time and have benefitted both personally and professionally from the connections and the work experience. 

Intern/Co-op : Pilot Plant Technologies

Be mentored by a diverse team of inspired, intellectually curious people

Interns and co-ops are exposed to all facets of drug discovery and development, including networking with senior leaders at events like the Annual Inventors’ Summit.

Entry level and rotation programs

Talent development matters here. We give you the experience, exposure, environment, trust, and leadership to grow. You give us adaptability, aptitude, innovative ideas, and challenge our ways of thinking. Together we build you up to be our next generation of leaders.

In such a large organization, we have many entry points to start your first job in many different countries, divisions, functions, and teams. Your second job may be completely different than your first, and we encourage inter-country and inter-functional career experiences to ensure you have the chance to find yourself, test your strengths, and develop new leadership competencies.

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This careers website is intended for Residents of the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. Residents in other markets, please visit our MSD Careers page. Information on this site is for the purpose of presenting career opportunities at our organization and give our audience a view of our culture, diversity and growth opportunities. Our Company is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran, proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.