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Scientific Student - 2024 Summer Internship

Job Description

Hello. We’re Haleon. A new world-leading consumer healthcare company. Shaped by all of us. Together, we’re improving everyday health for millions of people. By growing and innovating our global portfolio of category-leading brands – including Sensodyne, Panadol, Advil, Voltaren, Theraflu, Otrivin, and Centrum – through a unique combination of deep human understanding and trusted science. What’s more, we’re achieving it in a company that we’re building together. In an environment that we’re co-creating. And a culture that’s uniquely ours. Care to join us. It isn’t a question. 


Future Talent roles at Haleon offer the chance to change the way people see and manage their everyday health. That’s an incredible opportunity. An exciting challenge. And a huge responsibility. We’re always looking for ambitious individuals who are inspired by our purpose to deliver better everyday health, with humanity. And want to help us achieve this goal. Right now we’re looking for Interns in the Global Product Maintenance team to join us to do career defining work.


A career in Technical Services where none of us stand still.

In this role, the individual can participate and own key aspects of the plan for Complex Quality & Supply Chain (QSC) Maintenance Technical projects (e.g., product reformulation, material understanding, product remediation). The individual may also have a key project/report to deliver as part of the placement, which will be written and delivered to meet Haleon’s internal standards.


As a function of QSC, the Global Product Maintenance Team ensures the business continuity of Haleon’s commercial products through the resolution of technical issues due to raw material or processing changes. This team also utilizes investigation techniques when unforeseen issues arise during production. The team has access to lab and pilot scale facilities to prepare materials and products for feasibility, sensory, or clinical studies. We strive to be a trusted central resource on hand to give our business units the additional technical resource they need to maintain our commercial products on the market. Our motto is: ‘Outstanding Customer Service through Brilliant Science’.


What will your individual contribution at Haleon be?

  • Design, plan and conduct product development activities, including pre-formulation, formulation, process development/optimization for solid dosage forms such as tablets.
  • Maintain inventory of excipients for prototype development.
  • Collaborate with multiple functions for excipient or formulation analysis and stability evaluation, as required.
  • Perform evaluations including but not limited to Tablet Characterization (weight, thickness, hardness, friability, imaging etc.).
  • Data analysis and presentation of results.
  • Understand regulatory context and constraints around material use in dietary supplements, food and pharmaceuticals.
  • Ensure all work is always conducted following good scientific practice and Good Manufacturing Practice (where required).


To recognise your dedication, energy and effort, benefits include:

  • An hourly rate of $22-24
  • On-the-job experience and formal and informal training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and formal training programmes


We’re the people changing the future of everyday health. So you will be someone who has:

  • Creative and problem-solving thinking
  • Strategic/big-picture thinking
  • Entrepreneurial and agile mindset
  • Strong prioritisation and analytical skills
  • Personal accountability
  • Business and consumer/customer knowledge and understanding
  • Adaptability and resilience in ambiguity
  • A desire to learn and have meaningful impact


To enable you to perform in this future talent opportunity:

  • Developing knowledge of relevant dosage forms including unit operation understanding and analytical testing.
  • Good oral and written communication skills; strong technical writing capability.
  • Effective relationship building, organizational and project management skills.
  • Developing knowledge in negotiating and agreeing timelines and milestones with sponsors/other functions and continually monitoring progress to ensure timely delivery.
  • Demonstrated a sense of curiosity and appetite to learn by themselves, with strong prioritization and analytical thinking skills.


Other requirements:

  • Graduating from a Bachelor's degree program between December 2024 - May 2026
  • Background preferably in Chemical, Engineering, Pharmaceutical, Food or related sciences.
  • Ability to work on site in Richmond, VA
  • Candidate must be available to work full-time throughout the 12-week internship (Approximately 40 hours/week, Monday - Friday)


Role start date: Flexible start date between May - June 2024


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Haleon we embrace our diverse workforce by creating an inclusive environment that celebrates our unique perspectives, generates curiosity to create unmatched understanding of each other, and promotes fair and equitable outcomes for everyone.


We’re striving to create a climate where we celebrate our diversity in all forms by treating each other with respect, listening to different viewpoints, supporting our communities, and creating a workplace where your authentic self belongs and thrives.


We flex the way we work so we can be at our best, where possible, and with agreement between line manager, team and individuals. We acknowledge not all colleagues can flex locations depending on their roles and that we don’t have all the answers. Yet.


We invite you to apply as soon as possible. The way we see it, every day is an opportunity. And we are joined by new talent, every day. We accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications.



Need help with your application?

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