West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features co-operative assignments that last up to 6 months and will include one or more projects.  These opportunities can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

The co-op assignment will support our Manufacturing Division’s Packaging and Combination Product Commercialization, Global Packaging Technical Operations or Packaging Technology Large Molecule departments.  These groups serve as our company’s central packaging Centers of Excellence with global responsibility for packaging related activities.  The position is based in West Point, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia).  It is a full-time paid six-month co-op position. 

The candidate selected will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a wide variety of areas within pharmaceutical packaging.  Examples include:

  • Primary and secondary packaging development and testing for solid oral dose, sterile and medical device products
  • Packaging equipment development and qualification
  • Packaging processes and controls
  • Bulk packaging development and testing
  • Distribution packaging development and testing
  • Thermal packaging development and testing
  • Packaging related documentation and regulations
  • Customer focus group and use testing

These activities will provide the co-op with exposure to other departments, cross functional teams, suppliers, etc.  Travel to company and contract packaging sites, equipment and component manufacturers and/or testing facilities is expected as part pf the hands-on experience.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Currently pursuing degree in Packaging Science, Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline.
  • Currently enrolled in an academic program and returning to university following this co-op assignment to complete credit requirements for graduation.
  • Available for full time employment (38.75 hours per week) for a period of 6 months in Jun- Dec 2021, or Jan-Jun 2022.


  • Strong project management, problem solving, organizational, technical writing and communication skills.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

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Travel Requirements:


Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R89647

West Point, Pennsylvania

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com.

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