2018 Experiential Intern (Graduate Level) - Process Engineering

Lake County, Illinois, USA
Mar 09, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The AbbVie Experiential Internship Program

As an AbbVie Experiential Intern, you'll participate in a paid, ten to twelve-week summer program that is focused on providing students with robust projects throughout the summer. As an intern, you will be located at our corporate headquarters in north suburban Chicago, with housing and shuttle services for eligible students.

Department Overview - PRD, Process Engineering

Process Research and Development invents chemical processes and prepares active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) to enable clinical trials, toxicology studies and drug product development for AbbVie's pre-clinical and clinical drug pipeline. In addition to working with small molecules, Process R&D also develops antibody drug conjugates (ADC).

We create valuable intellectual property through composition of matter, chemical processes and technologies resulting in cost effective commercial manufacturing processes. We develop the supply chain for APIs, prepare and defend CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control) regulatory content. Chemical Engineers in AbbVie's R&D work in multi-functional teams to develop scalable processes and supply API for safety testing, clinical trials and formulation development. The teams include Process Chemistry, Pilot Plant Operations, Analytical Chemistry and Solid State Chemistry. Chemical Engineers support API projects through all phases of development. Early in development, engineers focus on ensuring the process can be run safely, identifying and addressing major scale-up issues and developing the final (API) process step. Later in the development process, engineers optimize the API process and lead process campaigns run in the R&D Pilot Plant. In the final stage of development, engineers transfer the optimized process to manufacturing and support process validation.

Assignment Details

Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) is increasingly being used in processes to purify the proteins of interest. As a result, the need to fundamentally understand and quickly develop HIC processes is critical to success of these programs. Currently, process development requires significant of amounts of protein and sometimes prohibitory on early stage processes. The need to develop a scale-down model for HIC processes is desirable not only from a material perspective, but also to better understand the multitude of HIC parameters that influence product separation and peak resolution. The overarching goal for the proposed intern project is to develop a scale-down model for HIC.



Completed at least one year of college education before beginning internship

Must be enrolled in school the semester following your internship

Graduate Level Student majoring in Chemical Engineering/Analytical Chemistry

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).


  • Experience with chromatography/liquid separations/protein purification

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled