2019 Experiential Internship (Graduate Level) - Process R&D, Scientist Intern

Lake County, IL, US
Mar 14, 2019
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
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 - Process Research and Development

AbbVie's Drug Substance Manufacturing Process Research and Development (PR&D) 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. PR&D scientists create valuable intellectual property through composition of matter, chemical processes, and technologies resulting in cost effective commercial manufacturing processes. PR&D also develops supply chain for APIs, and prepare and defend CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control) regulatory content.

Assignment Details

The summer intern will collaborate with organic chemists in AbbVie's Drug Substance Manufacturing Process R&D group to investigate the mechanism of a heterocycle forming organic reaction of relevance to the pharmaceutical industry. The goal is to prepare key heterocycle precursors by multi-step synthesis and conduct mechanistic experiments with these precursors. The intern will, with moderate supervision, design and conduct organic synthesis experiments, including reaction set up, work up, purification and final product characterization and analysis. In collaboration with AbbVie Chemists, the intern will also interpret the data acquired during mechanistic studies. A strong candidate will be proficient at designing practical synthetic routes, searching the relevant chemical literature to identify reaction conditions and familiar with fundamental physical organic chemistry and organic reaction mechanisms. Experience with modern analytical techniques of relevance to organic synthesis is required (e.g. 1H and 13C NMR analysis, GC, LCMS, GC/MS, HPLC).


  • Completed at least one year of college education before beginning internship
  • Must be enrolled in school the semester following your internship
  • Graduate Level Student with degree/skills related to Synthetic organic 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).

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.