The Vertex Summer Internship Program - Medical Writing


Posting Job Title Intern, Medical Writing

Req ID 7657BR

Department Medical Writing

Posting Location Boston, MA


Minimum Qualifications

Job Description The Vertex Summer Internship Program offers students the opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical industry from a hands-on perspective. You will be working closely with and learning from some of the brightest people in the industry. When you join our internship program you should not be surprised to see that our environment is one that is innovative and team oriented, where collaboration is not just a word, and "we are fearless" is in everything we do. Students can expect to be challenged by their summer project plan, connect with other interns, and feel valued by the Vertex community. Not only will interns learn about their day-to- day tasks through their specific work assignments, but they will interact and have exposure to our organizational leaders and their teams through a series of Professional Development Workshops.


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The Medical Writing department supports clinical development programs by preparing clinical regulatory documents for submission to regulatory agencies in the US, EU, Canada, and other regions. A summer intern in the department will learn about drug development, as well as Medical Writing’s role in supporting development. Through work with medical writers and operations associates, the intern will be trained in aspects of regulatory medical writing and will support the development of clinical study documents. In addition, the intern will gain exposure to other communication roles within industry by meeting with staff in Clinical Development, Regulatory, and other departments.


Key Responsibilities:

 Receive training on the drug development process, and the standard processes and regulatory guidelines for clinical regulatory documents

 Work with writers and operations associates on writing, QC review, and finalization of clinical study documents (e.g., protocols, protocol amendments, and clinical study reports)

 Attend study team meetings and develop an understanding of how cross-functional teams operate in industry

 Assist with maintenance and improvement of department processes such as task forces, templates, and SharePoint sites


Minimum Qualifications:

 Must be enrolled in a graduate program in a scientific field

 Candidate must be enrolled in an advanced degree program if graduating in Spring 2016

 Minimum 3.2 GPA

 Legally authorized to work in the United States

 Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Word) 


Preferred Qualifications:

 Strong writing skills

 Familiarity with statistical concepts

 Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data

 At least 1 publication in a scientific journal (preference of at least 1 first author publication)

 Familiarity with medical terminology

 A desire to be part of a highly innovative company aimed at transforming the lives of people with serious diseases, their families, and society #LI-DNP


Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. In addition to our clinical development programs focused on cystic fibrosis, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs aimed at other serious and life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex today has research and development sites and commercial offices in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. For four years in a row, Science magazine has named Vertex one of its Top Employers in the life sciences. For additional information and the latest updates from the Company, please visit

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.