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AbbVie Science & Technology Organization Co-Op Program in Worcester, Massachusetts

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AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie at on Twitter, Facebook at or LinkedIn at .​

2020 AbbVie Science & Technology Organization Co-Op Program

The Science & Technology (S&T) organization within AbbVie Operations leads the optimization, validation, implementation, continuous improvement and global technical support for therapeutic proteins. The S&T Co-op Program is a paid opportunity that provides students with robust projects based on business need. Students will do meaningful work that has a real impact on our business and patients worldwide. Eligible interns may also receiving housing assistance for the duration of the co-op. Possible Co-op positions are in the following departments:

  • Process Sciences : focusing on first-in-human, early-and late-stage manufacturing, Process Sciences develops, scales up, and validates best-in-class manufacturing processes. The department applies high-throughput technology, state-of-the-art assays and characterization techniques and modeling, to advance clinical development and commercialization of biologic compounds. Key groups include:

  • Cell Culture

  • Purificatio

  • Cell Line Development

  • Manufacturing Sciences: focusing on late-stage and commercial manufacturing, Manufacturing Sciences develops, understands, implements, troubleshoots, and improves our robust processes and technologies to meet AbbVie’s quality, compliance, financial and innovation goals for the benefit of our patients. In addition, the department supports regulatory needs and provides support for product life cycle management. Key groups include:

  • Scale-Up Laboratory

  • Cell Culture

  • Purification

  • Protein Analytics : responsibilities include development of analytical methods for transfer to Quality Control and performance of extended characterization of proteins using state-of-the-art instrumentation for evaluation of primary, secondary and tertiary structures of proteins. The department also supports development activities of the other groups within the S&T organization and provides analytical support for late-stage, R&D, and discovery projects. Key groups include:

  • Biomolecular Interaction Group for bioassay and testing

  • High Throughput Analytics and Automation Group for monoclonal antibody (mAb) program development, testing, and automation

  • New Modality Group for non-mAb program development and testin

  • Analytical Characterization Group for characterization (mass spectrometry and biophysical) and testing

Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC ): the CMC department is responsible for planning and tracking the advancement of our biologics pipeline to commercialization. The work begins at the handoff of a candidate biologic from R&D and includes leading both the technical aspects of bulk drug substances or biologic intermediate manufacturing and regulatory filing documentation to achieve Asset Development Team (ADT) timelines. The CMC department works cross functionally across Operations and R&D to enable timely delivery of drug supply for clinical trials and positions AbbVie for successful IND and marketing application filings.

General Co-Op Work Activities:

  • Executes experiments in process development and manufacturing support with supervision.

  • Performs basic data acquisition and analysis in a timely manner. Assists in experimental designs and data interpretation.

  • Documents work appropriately in lab notebooks and technical memos; contributes to writing technical reports

  • Maintains lab equipment and optimizes lab operations for efficient use of time and resource.

  • Troubleshoots equipment and experimental problems.

  • Assists in continuous improvement activities



  • Must be currently enrolled in a full-time Bachelor’s (Junior/Senior year) or Master’s program in a scientific or engineering discipline (preferably Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Biosciences/Bioengineering).

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0/4.0

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship (students on an F1 visa with CPT can be accommodated).

  • 6-month commitment


  • GPA 3.5/4.0

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills

  • Proven leadership skills

  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment

  • Strong sense of urgency and self-motivated desire to achieve

  • Must have a “results-oriented” work ethic and a positive, “can-do” attitude


This job posting is a general application to be considered for the Co-op Program within S&T. Eligible candidates will be assigned based on qualification and business needs upon acceptance to the program. If specific functionalities are desired, we highly recommend students provide a cover letter to indicate those functionalities that match interests and qualifications.

Significant Work Activities

Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)



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At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.