2018 Packaging Co-op Merck Manufacturing Division Job

West Point, PA, US
September 12 2017
Organization Type
2018 Packaging Co-op Merck Manufacturing Division:PAC000243


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 Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

The co-op assignment will support Merck Manufacturing Division's (MMD) Packaging Commercialization or Packaging Technical Operations departments. These groups serve as Merck'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. A housing stipend is available as part of this program.

As a Packaging Technology Co-op you will be assisting in designing, developing, testing, and improving primary, secondary and tertiary pharmaceutical packaging of drug substance, drug product and finished goods to be safe, compliant, and beneficial to the consumers.

The candidate selected will have opportunities to gain 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

- 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 also provide the co-op with exposure to other departments, cross functional teams, suppliers, etc. through the course of day to day work. The job function includes:

- 1-2 larger projects to be completed within the co-op block and smaller tasks throughout

- Experience with suppliers, outside vendors, on-site manufacturing, and third party packaging sites, not only to work with but co-ops are encouraged to simply meet and learn from as many of these connections as time allows

- Potential travel (PA, NJ, NC, within US and even globally)

- Extensive training in Pharmaceutical Packaging; on-going self-paced e-learning, in person training, and on-the-job training through experience

- Manager for reporting and evaluation, coach for day-to-day questions, and plenty of project work in supporting the whole packaging team

- There will also be an end of co-op presentation to the entire packaging team




- Available for full time employment (40 hours per week) for a period of 6 months in 1st half 2018, 2nd half 2018 or 1st half 2019

- 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.

- GPA of 3.0 or higher.


- Strong project management, problem solving, organizational, technical writing and communication skills.

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 an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.


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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Job Type: Co/Op

Employee Status: Regular

Number of Openings: 6

Relocation Provided: None

Company Trade Name:Merck

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