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2023 Summer Internship - Clinical Biomarker Laboratory Operations at Takeda Development Center Americas, Inc.

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

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Job Description

About the role:

At Takeda, we are committed to lifelong learning.

To that end, Takeda's summer internship program blends real world experience with an extensive overview of the pharmaceutical industry. Knowledgeable mentors will provide guidance as you gain professional hands-on experience to start your career or further develop in your expertise.

The summer internship program is a full-time commitment of 12 weeks in length and offers a unique perspective into a world-class pharmaceutical company. Our internship program also provides you the opportunity to network with people at Takeda through various planned events and activities.

Project Outline:

Within the Precision and Translational Medicine Oncology and Cell Therapy group we strive to develop a personalized approach to patient treatment with immunotherapies through the development and delivery of biomarker tests. These tests help predict which patients will be potential responders to treatments based on their unique cancer morphology.

Our specific area focuses on the management of external specialty labs and internal lab operations. We ensure that our clinical study teams have access to testing labs that can support the development and validation of assays as well as testing of clinical trial patient samples. This testing can support the design of future clinical trials or be used to determine if a patient meets the criterial for enrollment in a current clinical trial. We also design and develop internal lab capabilities around Genetics and Genomics, Flow Cytometry, Pathology, Immunohistochemistry, and other Immunoassays. Our team further supports laboratory and business operations including operational and capital equipment budget management, and vendor contracts management.

In 2023 we will be building out several new internal labs and the internship project will include supporting the set-up of 1 or more of these labs. The successful intern candidate will be expected to develop a project plan depending on the phase of the internal lab build in the summer of 2023. Project may include instrumentation layout, workflow set up or evaluation, ordering supplies and regents, obtaining quotes for equipment, ensuring the lab is ready to receive equipment, setting up and/or documenting safety procedures, creating process flow charts, etc. No prior knowledge of the technology areas mentioned above is required. You will be coordinating with subject matter experts and experienced operations personnel to complete your project. In addition, you will learn other aspects that the team supports including what Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs), Master Service Agreements (MSAs), and Statements of Work (SOWs) are and why they are important. You will also learn about the vendor assessment and onboarding process, including qualification and compliance. As part of the project and overall learning opportunities you will collaborate with other functional areas outside of Research and Development including Legal (privacy and intellectual property), Procurement (contracts and equipment purchasing), and Quality (qualifications of external and internal labs).

This paid internship position requires a candidate to be pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Master's degree in a related scientific field such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, forensic sciences, environmental science, biotechnology, etc. The position can be fully remote or hybrid on site in Cambridge, Mass. Ideal candidate should be interested in the operational and quality aspects of a laboratory and what is needed to make a lab functional, safe, and compliant with internal policies as well as applicable regulations in order to generate reliable data. Interest in the business functionality of a lab, or pharmaceutical company operations, or any of the technology areas listed above would also be beneficial. The experience and knowledge gained from this internship will directly support a career as a bench scientist or as laboratory or business operations.

This position will be hybrid.

How you will contribute:

  • Deadline-driven with a high level of organizational and planning skills.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work well in teams, effectively manage projects, and present ideas clearly and concisely.

  • Global mindset to grow in a diverse work environment.

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.

  • Intermediate Microsoft skills (Excel, Word, Outlook)

Requirements / Qualifications:

As stated above, Takeda is committed to lifelong learning opportunities. To that end, our internship program is open to currently enrolled students seeking early experiences and non-traditional candidates interested in making a career change and gaining new experience.

The requirements for these two groups of candidates are specified below:

Candidates currently enrolled at an accredited university:

  • Must be authorized to work in the US without sponsorship (i.e., Takeda will not sponsor interns)

  • Must be available to work full-time (40 hours/week), within core business hours (8 AM-5 PM), for a minimum of 12 weeks during the summer months

  • Minimum GPA 3.0/4.0

  • Undergraduate, Graduate, PhD, MD student with at least one year of university studies before internship

  • Return to university for at least one semester post-internship

  • Takeda does not provide student housing or housing stipends

Non-traditional candidates not currently enrolled at university:

  • Must be authorized to work in the US without sponsorship (i.e., Takeda will not sponsor interns)

  • Must be available to work full-time (40 hours/week), within core business hours (8 AM-5 PM), for a minimum of 12 weeks during the summer months

  • Must provide a cover letter explaining why you are seeking this internship, relevant experience that makes you a good candidate, and what you hope to achieve through the experience
    • Strong preference for non-traditional candidates with some experience relevant to the desired intern role

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


Boston, MA

Worker Type


Worker Sub-Type

Paid Intern (Fixed Term) (Trainee)

Time Type

Full time

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