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Clinical Biomarker Laboratory Operations- Immunohistochemistry/Pathology Internship - Summer 2024

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
Nov 21, 2023

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Job Description

At Takeda, we strive to create an exceptional people experience for patients, communities, partners, and employees. As a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company, we know our decisions and actions affect people’s lives. We look to our values of Takeda-ism, which incorporates Integrity, Fairness, Honesty and Perseverance, and Patient-Trust-Reputation-Business as a guide in our decision-making process to ensure we do what’s right – for our patients, our people and society.

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey with Takeda? Our paid 10–12-week summer internship program is designed to immerse you in a dynamic learning environment, featuring a blend of developmental and social activities.

As a Takeda intern, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to impactful projects that play a crucial role in shaping both our business and the well-being of patients. This experience will not only allow you to apply your technical and business knowledge but also empower you to showcase your analytical strength and creative problem-solving skills.

Seize this chance to gain hands-on experience, expand your skill set, and make a meaningful impact on the healthcare industry. We invite you to be a part of our innovative and collaborative team, where your contributions matter.

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Please note that Takeda does not provide intern housing or a housing stipend.

Project Outline:

Within the Precision and Translational Medicine Oncology and Cell Therapy group we strive to develop a personalized approach to patient treatment with immunotherapies through the development and delivery of biomarker tests. These tests help predict which patients will be potential responders to treatments based on their unique cancer morphology.

This intern position will report into the PTM Vendor and Lab Management team but will be accountable to the lab(s) directly for benchwork. Our specific area focuses on the management of external specialty labs and internal lab operations. We ensure that our clinical study teams have access to testing labs that can support the development and validation of assays as well as testing of clinical trial patient samples. This testing can support the design of future clinical trials or be used to determine if a patient meets the criteria for enrollment in a current clinical trial. We also design and develop internal lab capabilities around Genetics and Genomics, Flow Cytometry, Pathology, Immunohistochemistry, and other Immunoassays. Our team further supports laboratory and business operations including operational and capital equipment budget management, and vendor contracts management.

In early 2024 we will be building out several new internal labs and the internship project will include hands-on benchwork and supporting the set-up of the Immunohistochemistry/Pathology lab. The successful intern candidate will be expected to work with lab scientist(s) on new instruments qualifications, design and preparation of materials (e.g., contrived samples) for evaluations of vendors and technologies; as well as feasibility studies of new assays. Project may include workflow set up or evaluation, ordering supplies and regents, obtaining quotes for additional equipment, ensuring lab readiness to receive equipment, setting up and/or documenting safety procedures and equipment maintenance, and creating process flow charts, etc. No prior knowledge of the technology areas mentioned above is required, but relevant coursework is preferred. You will be coordinating with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and experienced operations personnel to complete your project. In addition, you will learn other aspects that the Vendor and Lab Management Team supports including what Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs), Master Service Agreements (MSAs), and Statements of Work (SOWs) are and why they are important. You will also learn about the vendor assessment and onboarding process, including qualification and compliance. As part of the project and overall learning opportunities you will collaborate with other functional areas outside of Research and Development including Legal (privacy and intellectual property), Procurement (contracts and equipment purchasing), and Quality (qualifications of external and internal labs).

This paid internship position requires a candidate to be pursuing a Bachelor of Science (as a rising Junior or Senior) or Master’s degree in a related scientific field such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, forensic sciences, environmental science, biotechnology, etc. The position can be hybrid, with a mix of days in office on site in Cambridge, Mass and remote, but with flexibility for some weeks to be on site additional days to ensure completion of the lab work. Ideal candidate should be interested in the business functionality of a lab, or pharmaceutical company operations, and the technology area(s) listed above. The experience and knowledge gained from this internship will directly support a career as a bench scientist or as laboratory or business operations.

How you will contribute:
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal communication and writing skills.

  • Deadline-driven with an elevated level of organizational and planning skills.

  • Strong quantitative, analytical, problem solving and conceptual skills.

  • Provenrecord of accomplishmentof teamwork, adaptability, innovation,initiative,and integrity.

  • Global mindset to grow in a diverse work environment.

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.

  • Intermediate Microsoft skills (Excel, Word, Outlook)

Requirements / Qualifications:
  • Currently authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. Takeda does not provide sponsorship for internship positions.

  • Available to work full-time (40 hours per week), within the core business hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm, for 10-12 weeks during the summer months.

  • Undergraduate, Graduate, PhD, MD student with completion of a minimum of one year of university studies.

  • Must be enrolled in school the semester following your internshipwith Takeda.

  • Please note that Takeda does not provide intern housing or a housing stipend.

The hourly pay rate range is $20.00 per hour - $46.00 per hour. The final pay rate offered for this internship may consider several factors including, but not limited to, location, skills, education, and experience.

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


Boston, MA

Worker Type


Worker Sub-Type

Paid Intern (Fixed Term) (Trainee)

Time Type

Full time


Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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