2021 Clinical Trial Operations Internship

Lake County, IL, United States
Oct 27, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and LinkedIn .

AbbVie is a global, research and development-based 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 on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Clinical Trials Overview

Clinical Trials are required before a new compound can be available for use by patients. A clinical study in human volunteers is conducted to answer specific health questions. Is it safe? Does it work? Is it better than what is currently offered to patients? At AbbVie, Clinical Operations conducts/manages clinical trials and provides therapeutically aligned, scientific strategy and operations management for the planning, execution and reporting of clinical development programs to enable successful global registration and commercialization of drug development projects.

For more information regarding clinical trials, please see our Clinical Trial Homepage:

Clinical Trial Operations Internship Program Description

As an AbbVie intern, you'll participate in a paid, ten to twelve-week summer program, working on meaningful assignments that have a real impact on our business and patients worldwide. As an intern you will be located at our corporate headquarters in north suburban Chicago. Throughout the summer there will be planned development and networking activities, along with paid housing and shuttle services for eligible students.

AbbVie's worldwide Clinical Trial Operations business offers you an opportunity to work in one of the following functional areas and collaborate with clinical sites globally:

  • Clinical Program Development - Clinical Program Development works cross-functionally to execute Phase 1-4 clinical research studies. Execution of clinical study protocols and process improvements within an assigned core Therapeutic Area (Oncology, Immunology, Neuroscience, General Medicine).
  • Data Sciences - The Data Sciences department is responsible for managing the data and ensuring that quality and data integrity are upheld throughout the life cycle of the clinical trial. There is a variety of roles within DS including Clinical Data Reviewer, System Designer, Program Lead and Total Quality Management.
  • Clinical Drug Supply Management - Clinical Drug Supply Management leads the drug manufacturing, supply and shipment strategy on a global level. CDSM also packages, labels, and releases clinical trial materials to investigational sites.
  • Clinical Compliance - The Compliance team is critical to ensuring AbbVie is following company and regulatory guidelines, as well as being responsible for documenting deviations from those guidelines to ensure transparency in the event of an inspection.
  • Clinical Standards - The Clinical Standards team creates and revises standard operating procedures, work instructions, and job aides which instruct AbbVie employees how to perform their job tasks.
  • Development Training -The Development Training team is responsible for implementing learning solutions to assist clinical personnel in complying with applicable regulations and guidelines.
  • Vendor Management - The Vendor Management team strives to control costs, promote high service standards and mitigate risks to achieve increased value from vendors AbbVie uses in our clinical business.
  • R&D Contracting, Strategic Sourcing - The Strategic Sourcing and Contract Operations group is responsible for contracting for Research and Development. SSCO also works with the business to determine high quality, cost effective single source and preferred vendors.

Past examples of internships have included:

  • Auditing a data review for a new drug approval
  • Identifying sites and vendors to use to for a new clinical trial
  • Create patient dosing material for clinical site use
  • Work with members of cross-functional teams (Study MDs, Site Monitors & coordinators) to create new onboarding materials

Note that this is not a lab position. Roles are operational based regarding our clinical research. This is not a track or feeder opportunity for medical students (MD or PhD/Postdoctoral routes). From idea to results, we connect science and operations to bring clinical trials to life. For more information, please see our R&D innovation page:

  • Basic Requirements
  • Pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in related discipline:
    • Life Sciences (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry Chemistry) Nursing, Clinical Research, or related
    • Statistics, Data Sciences/Analytics, Mathematics, or similar
    • Engineering (Computer Science, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering)
  • Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Completed at least one year of college education before beginning internship
  • Must be enrolled in school the semester following your internship
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship
Preferred Requirements
  • Proven track record of teamwork, adaptability, innovation, and integrity.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, project management skills, problem solving, analytical skills, and business mindset
  • Microsoft Excel or other database experience is a plus
AbbVie strongly considers high performing interns as candidates for their Clinical Trial Operations Development Program (CTODP) after they graduate. AbbVie's CTODP is a two-year rotational program with three separate work assignments. The rotations are carried out in a variety of functional areas within Clinical Operations and its business partners, including Clinical Program Development, Data Sciences, Clinical Drug Supply Management, R&D Contracting - Outsourcing, Clinical Documentation Management, Clinical Compliance, Clinical Standards and Development Training. The goal of the program is to develop AbbVie's future leaders, provide exposure across the business on a global scale, and forums for skill and professional development. If you are interested and want more information visit and look under student opportunities.
Recruitment Process
We participate in several events (such as: information sessions, career fairs and conduct interviews). Interested candidates, please check the career services schedules at your school for the recruiting event schedule. AbbVie also posts our Internships and Development Program opportunities on our career website. If your school isn't listed, please visit
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.