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Merck 2024 University Recruiting - Packaging Component Engineering Co-Op Jan-Jun 2024 in Wilson, North Carolina

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features co-operative assignments that last up to six months and will include one or more projects as well as daily functional support.  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 primary U.S. Packaging site in Wilson, North Carolina. The Wilson Site is home to approximately 550 employees and contractors and is located on 225 acres in southeastern North Carolina, the 500,000 square foot Wilson site opened in June 1983 and began operating in August of that year. Site employees ensure that prescription drug products are packaged according to world-class standards while minimizing environmental waste and impact.

With state-of-the-art technology driving the industry’s most innovative packaging initiatives, the Wilson location packages a vast portion of the company’s portfolio of Human Health medicines. The Wilson site packages our top vaccine, oncology, diabetes and cardiovascular brands for the U.S. and other select international markets for our company. The Wilson site is a place where our employees are valued, compliant and reliable supply are constant, and collaboration and continuous improvement activities are intentionally embedded within our culture.

This role is a full-time paid six-month co-op position which includes a housing stipend.

The candidate selected will have opportunities to gain direct experience in a wide variety of areas within pharmaceutical packaging. 

Key Learning & Development

  • 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

  • Packaging related documentation and regulations

  • Assist in ad hoc response to floor support

  • Initiate and manage supplier incident cases for component issues identified in Operations

  • Participate in component investigations and travel to supplier's as needed

  • Support in all packaging engineering activities as needed for all packaging component engineers including but not limited to engineering studies, machine trials, and profile and specification development.

These activities will provide the Co-Op Associate Engineering Specialist with exposure to other departments, cross functional teams, suppliers, etc. as part of the direct immersive 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 for a period of six months from January to June 2024

Preferred Experience | Knowledge | Skills

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

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher



Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

Current Employees apply HERE ($1533/rel-task/3001$14.htmld)

Current Contingent Workers apply HERE ($4020.htmld)

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U.S. Hybrid Work Model

Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


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Requisition ID: R260005