NCCU - Co-Op Intern, Medical Affairs

Date:  May 3, 2024
Department:  Medical Affairs
Job Type:  Intern
Team:  Mktg, Market Access, Bus. Excellence & Med. Affair
Contract Type:  Temporary

Cary, NC, US

About us

Based in Parma, Italy, Chiesi is an international research-focused pharmaceuticals and healthcare group with over 85 years’ experience, operating in 30 countries with more than 6,000 employees (Chiesi Group). To achieve its mission of improving people’s quality of life by acting responsibly towards society and the environment, the Group research, develops and markets innovative drugs in its three therapeutic areas: AIR (products and services that promote respiration, from new-born to adult populations), RARE (treatment for patients with rare and ultra-rare diseases) and CARE (products and services that support special care and consumer-facing self-care).
We are proud to be the largest global pharmaceutical group to be awarded B Corp Certification, a recognition of high social and environmental standards. We are a reliable company that adopts and promotes transparent ethical behavior at all levels. 
We are committed to embrace diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities. In fact, we are a global family made up of different cultures, different genders, generations, ethnicities, abilities, sexual identities and many other enriching diversities. 

Chiesi USA

Chiesi USA is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and promoting products for the hospital, adjacent specialty and rare disease markets. We are a B Corp™ and Benefit company awarded Top Employer status for six consecutive years and certified as a Great Place to Work. 
At Chiesi, we share an entrepreneurial spirit and act as a force for good, pursuing high social and environmental standards, to ensure the wellbeing of our people, patients, and communities. We offer a work environment where professionals have the opportunity to build a purposeful career focused on helping others while achieving a fulfilling work-life balance, meeting exciting challenges, and engaging in important and rewarding work.

What we offer

Chiesi offers competitive benefits, services, and programs that enrich the personal and professional lives of our employees.   Our shared values of passion, innovation, trust and integrity bring out the individual talents and diverse perspectives of each of our colleagues.  Our environment encourages each individual to reach his or her full potential and drive outstanding results. We celebrate that “Every one of us is different. Every one of us is Chiesi."



This position provides the candidate with understanding and active involvement of the many medical affairs activities contributing to the overall Medical Affairs strategy.

Timeline: June-December 2024
•    At least 1 day/week in-person attendance is strongly encouraged, preferably on Wednesdays
•    Other days can be virtual 
•    Total time commitment: 10 hours/week during defined timeline

•    Graduate-level student currently enrolled at North Carolina Central University BRITE Institute

Main Responsibilities

General Understanding of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Medical Affairs: Under the guidance of Medical Affairs colleagues, the candidate will gain a foundational understanding of the Pharmaceutical industry and Medical Affair’s role within the industry. This includes but is not limited to:
-    Drug development and approval phases
-    Medical Affair’s team structure and roles within the company as well as externally facing the healthcare community
-    Principles of Medical and Scientific Communications and handling of unsolicited requests for off-label information from healthcare professionals (HCPs)
-    Product-specific information as needed

Focus Area: Under the direction of the Medical Communications Director, the candidate will support short-term and medium-term projects, including:
-    Translate scientific data into creative story-telling through various communication channels, including digital assets, Medical Information Standard Response Letters, infographics and Slide Decks;
-    Review promotional material for fair & balanced, scientific accuracy;
-    Update and compile relevant published literature, including evaluate data & communicate notable updates to internal medical team; 
-    Assist with Medical Information Request processing 
-    Present a capstone project as determined by intern with Medical Communications Director
-    Perform other Medical Communication-related duties and responsibilities as time allows

Professional Development: according to the candidate’s professional interest, the candidate will have the ability to participate in activities including but not limited to: regulatory, quality, pharmacovigilance, journal club presentations, pharmaceutical industry grant reviews, investigator-initiated study management. The candidate will also have the opportunity to set up 1-on-1 interviews with Medical Affairs colleagues and collaborative partners

Experience Required

•    Previous exposure to Pharmaceutical industry (i.e. clinical development, quality assurance, regulatory, medical affairs) preferred
•    Proficiency in reading, interpreting, and evaluating scientific literature 
•    Fundamental understanding of Regulatory & US federal regulations preferred
•    Demonstrated proficiency in Written, Verbal and Face-to-face communication to effectively present information to and influence decision making of managers, working partners (local and global).
•    Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and multifunctional resources concurrently while maintaining high attention to detail while responding to rapidly changing priorities and aggressive deadlines. 
•    Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint), and Adobe.


•    Graduate-level student currently enrolled at North Carolina Central University BRITE Institute

Chiesi USA is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse work force at all levels of our business.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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