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Formulation Science Intern 

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About the Organization
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit .  

Title: Formulation Science Intern

Location: Gaithersburg, MD

Duration: 12 weeks


We are currently seeking candidates who are working towards obtaining a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or related discipline, for a paid summer internship.


This project will explore the viability of using a specific set of novel excipients for beneficial effects on formulation characteristics, such as but not limited to viscosity, solubility, chemical and physical stability. The goal of the project is not only to identify viable excipient candidates, but optimize working concentrations, characterize the mechanism of action for each of the excipients, and identify a pathway for use with AZ candidate molecules and programs that could benefit from this technology.


The intern will work closely with a mentor to design and execute experiments in a formulation development lab focusing on biologics. Lab techniques and skills will be taught to the intern. The intern will perform screening experiments, keep a detailed and organized lab notebook, analyze data, and present findings to the formulation group. The student will become familiar with protein characterization techniques, viscosity measurements, and drug product/excipient interactions.  The intern must be willing to read extensive literature and background information to understand the challenging nature of the project. The student will present a poster and a final presentation summarizing results at the conclusion of the internship.

Position Requirements
  • Must be able to learn quickly, synthesize information, think creatively, and work independently
  • Understanding of general protein chemistry is essential
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) to summarize development work, critical conclusions, and relevance to the bigger picture
  • Effective use of Microsoft Office application suite required
  • Excitement and initiative to gain industry experience and learn new skills
  • Previous Experience with Biophysical methods is a plus
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse work environment to meet project milestones in a timely fashion
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship, be able to work onsite in Gaithersburg, MD for the summer, at least 18 years of age, and enrolled in a full-time academic program pursuing a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
Location Gaithersburg, MD  

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