Undergraduate Intern, Quality Control

Kite Pharma
Frederick, MD, United States
Nov 29, 2020
Quality, Quality Control
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Kite is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated and passionate individuals to join our Summer Internship Program! As an intern at Kite, you'll have the unique opportunity to learn about cell therapy from some of the brightest minds in biotech while making a meaningful impact. We're committed to developing early talent, and we welcome motivated individuals with a passion for transforming the way cancer is treated. The program also offers the opportunity for networking within Kite and Gilead, social events with fellow interns and Kite leadership as well as career development trainings while providing competitive compensation and relocation assistance for eligible candidates.

The Role

The Quality Control (QC) Department at Frederick Maryland Site, is seeking a highly motivated individual as a Summer Intern to help the QC department set up and create a Lean Process for QC Laboratory Operations. In this role, you will work with the QC team to support our efforts to set up QC Analytical lab and establish processes for QC Operation Readiness. This role will be a hands-on resource to improve safety, quality, delivery and cost of the QC analytical lab.

Through this project, the intern will gain an understanding of Kite's analytical process in Quality Control operations. The intern will use 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) methodologies to help QC Analytical Team organize lab activities, such as materials and reagents preparation, sample receiving, routine analytical testing and batch record generation. The goal is to improve efficiency, eliminate waste, and increase consistency.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Read, understand and train on applicable procedures in QC Analytical.
  • Prepare and maintain testing materials, controls and inventory to support tech transfer activities.
  • Ensure timely completion of scheduled tasks.
  • Complete daily lab housekeeping activities, to include equipment start-up/shutdown, cleaning.
  • Ensure instruments/equipment are in calibrated and functional condition.
  • Participate in calibration and troubleshooting various types of equipment to include the proactive resolution of instrument issues.
  • Review record keeping and documentation of laboratory equipment maintenance.
  • Assist with complex investigations by obtaining root cause and implementing changes.
  • Support department compliance and productivity goals.
  • Participate in daily standing meetings (Tier meetings) and staff meetings as required.
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities to increase work efficiency and reduce cost.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Must be at least 18 years or older
  • Must be currently enrolledin a full time Bachelor's Degree program at an accredited university/college
  • Must have completed at least one year of study at an accredited university/college prior to internship commencing
  • Must be enrolled in the Fall Semester at an accredited university/college after the completion of the internship
  • Must be able to complete a 10-12 consecutive week internship between June and September
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without Kite sponsorship
  • Must not be employed at the time the internship starts

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Degree concentration(s) in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biotechnology or related field of study
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to take direction, communicate effectively, and work as an individual contributor as well as within a team environment
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
  • Efficient, organized, and able to handle short timelines in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with GLP/GMP working environment
  • Experience with Quality Control Lab set up, Lean 5S
  • Experience in life science laboratories
  • Analytical lab experience - knowledge and hands on experience with cell culture, ELISA, PCR, and Flow cytometry will be a plus

Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kitepharma.

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