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Merck 2024 University Recruiting - Talent Assessment & Performance Intern in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features internships that lasts up to 12 weeks and will include one or more projects. These opportunities in our Support division can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

The Intern for the Talent Assessment and Performance Management COE will work on applying knowledge of talent assessment and performance management principles and best practices to the global organization. This is an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge while also gaining valuable work experience. The responsibilities of the intern will include tasks such as conducting job analysis, selection tool implementation, validation studies, research reviews as well as enhancing our company’s portfolio of assessment for employee development, talent management and coaching. This position contributes significantly to our Company’s Talent and Leadership strategy and partners with colleagues to ensure the right talent is being selected into the organization through research-based practices and tools that are reliable, valid, and fair.

The work environment provides the flexibility for remote work and varying hours based on a school schedule. Office space may be available if the intern wishes to work at the Rahway, NJ site or at one of the Pennsylvania sites.

Job Description/Duties:

  • Develop and maintain a suite of assessment tools for use in talent acquisition across the Company ranging from employee development, assessment, management, and coaching.

  • Partner with colleagues across HR to ensure assessment tools are in place for key roles or capabilities in the organization.

  • Opportunity to learn about the jobs throughout our Company.

  • Consult with divisional and regional Talent Acquisition teams, for application to their clients.

  • Opportunity to interview and observe job incumbents in multiple roles throughout the organization.

  • Conduct background research on different jobs – able to use and find multiple sources of information to develop a comprehensive understanding of the job in question.

  • Analyze data – both quantitative and qualitative. May need to adjust job analytical work/approach based on data that incumbents provide in real time.

  • Assist in the management of the relationships with assessment suppliers to ensure optimal mix of quality, ease of use, cost, etc.

  • Partner with suppliers, HR Business Partners, Talent Acquisition, and HR Operations to execute front-end and back-end components to assessment including

  • Develop internal assessment solutions and perform assessment services as needed.

  • Build comprehensive documentation in accordance with standards and best practices for job analysis reporting.

  • Coordinate and execute strategic steps for project implantation.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Candidates must be working towards the completion of a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or enrolled in a Ph.D. program (ABD status preferred)

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Candidates should have skills in research design, job analysis, statistics, and employee selection and assessment

  • Candidates should have qualitative and quantitative analytical skills

  • Candidates should have a background in behavioral assessment

  • Candidates should have excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills

  • Candidates should be able to coordinate and execute logistical components of projects

  • Candidates should have strong learning orientation – the ability to think or react quickly and effectively

  • Candidates should have strong client service orientation

  • Candidates should have exceptional collaboration skills. Flexibility to meet business needs while moving key programs and priorities forward.

  • Candidates should have discretion, comfort and confidentiality in working with very sensitive information.

  • Candidates should have the ability to overcome challenges.

Under New York City, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$39,600.00 - $105,500.00



Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

Current Employees apply HERE ($1533/rel-task/3001$14.htmld)

Current Contingent Workers apply HERE ($4020.htmld)

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U.S. Hybrid Work Model

Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

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Flexible Work Arrangements:

Hybrid, Remote Work


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Requisition ID: R257292