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Merck & Co., Inc.

Facilities Management Intern

May - August 2020 • Rahway, NJ

What I liked

I loved the company, the internship program, my team, and the project that I worked on.

What I wish was different

The entire internship was remote, so obviously I would've liked to get the full in-person experience, but other than that everything was great.

Advice

Going out of your way to make connections and keep in touch with people will get you very far!
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Facility Start-Up Intern

May - August 2020 • Durham, NC

What I liked

I enjoyed having an internship in something that I've generally spent my college career studying for. It was really interesting seeing how a pharmaceutical company works to operate in such a large scale which is not something that we focus on in school. In addition, I loved the level of project work that came in teams; they really value doing regular meetings, check-ins, to make sure that you are on track and get the help you need in order to finish your task.

What I wish was different

Though the site was at Durham, NC, our internships were all actually remote and we never really got to go into the site. It would've been easier to do a lot of this, almost all things, if it was in person. Whether that me the project, connecting with Merck employers (managers and other interns) , getting a return offer, etc.

Advice

Be open to making mistakes and learning. You are not expected to know everything jumping into an internship. Employers understand that and they make sure you know what you need to in order to succeed. People you work with will be very welcoming, at least at Merck they were, and are willing to talk to you if you need to do that.
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Pharmaceutical Sciences

June - August 2020 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Merck is an awesome company that worked hard to ensure that all virtual internships were productive and engaging. The pharmaceutical sciences organization is stock full of brilliant and dedicated scientists who invest in their interns.

What I wish was different

Obviously a virtual internship was not ideal, but Merck adapted their program to the virtual format well.

Advice

Network! Interns should not shy away from any and all opportunities to network while in industry.
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Packaging Technology Co-op

June 2020 • West Point, PA

What I liked

I love the culture Merck has. Although I’m an intern, I’ve gotten opportunities on big projects and learned so much. The team I’m currently in have been so helpful and kind. It’s always a good time working here as a co-op.

What I wish was different

My co-op was remote so I wish I could meet everyone in person and see the site. Do more things hands on.

Advice

Ask a lot of questions and reach out when you have questions on your project. It’s better to ask, learn, and understand the process rather than getting it wrong and it becoming a struggle.
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Vaccine Manufacturing Operations Intern

May - August 2020 • Durham, NC

What I liked

It continued online which I really appreciated good mentoring program

What I wish was different

more opportunities to see other roles

Advice

Be professional and communicate with your manager about their expectations
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Social Media Intern

May - August 2020 • Upper Gwynedd, PA

What I liked

Amazing manager and team; they all genuinely wanted to see me grow.

What I wish was different

Fun opportunities to meet and connect with other interns since we were remote for the Summer. We had lunches together, but I wish there'd been virtual happy hours or game nights together; many of us felt disconnected to some degree.

Advice

Reach out and set up calls with as many people as possible! If you have free time, use that to set up a call with someone in the company you admire. Take advantage of the company directory and LinkedIn. Doing this actually helped me land a higher-paid return offer.
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Technical Operations Intern

June - August 2020 • West Point, PA

What I liked

Really welcoming atmosphere and you're contributing to the actual company and their product manufacturing.

What I wish was different

There was not enough work to do since the projects were moved to a virtual setting.

Advice

Use the tools they give you to make a strong network at the company. Everyone there is great and welcoming and this will really help you feel like you belong.
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Elkton, VA

What I liked

They amount of networking that was set and stone within the whole internship and also been able to conduct safety investigations.

What I wish was different

It not being virtual

Advice

Always go hard with everything you do. Ask a lot of questions and be the best that you can be.
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Technical Operations Intern

June - August 2019 • West Point, PA

What I liked

This role provided great insight to what work is like. Interns are assigned a project on a team and are very welcomed by employees. There are also a lot of intern events which are really fun!

What I wish was different

They do a week long training session, which was a bit long, but good to bond with other interns.

Advice

This is a great opportunity to network and meet employees from across departments for potential future opportunities.
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Associate specialist

April - September 2019 • West Point, PA

What I liked

Worked at a great department

What I wish was different

Location - my commute was not ideal

Advice

Make as many connections as possible
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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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