Intern - Scientific Services - 2023

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Updated: April 11, 2023
Location: Nationwide, United States
Job ID: 147513

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You may have heard of “medical communications” before or this might be the first time, but if you love data and are interested in applying your scientific acumen within the healthcare and scientific communications industry, this Summer Internship Program within the Scientific and Editorial Services Department at Cadent could be a perfect fit for you.

Cadent is a healthcare communications agency that specializes in medical communications that educate health care providers effectively, but also challenges the status quo to motivate behavior change. The company excels in translating complex science into compelling stories that deliver value and action. Throughout the process, a key objective is to build relationships and collaboration between the biopharmaceutical industry and healthcare professionals.

During this 12-week summer internship program, you’ll have an opportunity to learn how to apply client strategy to the development of high science communication tactics that could include traditional (slide presentations, white papers, manuscripts) as well as outside-the-box deliverables (data visualization and infographics, mechanism of action videos). Joining the team, you receive hands-on training in every stage of the process and can work across agency departments to develop and finalize content that meets our standard for flawless execution.  Along the way you will be exposed to leaders in the medical communications industry who will help you understand not just the “how” but the “why” behind everything we do.

To culminate the experience, you will be given the opportunity to present to the medical communications team at Cadent on a topic relevant to the pharmaceutical industry. During this presentation, you will pull from the 12-week experience to demonstrate your understanding of scientific and medical communications.

This is a 12-week internship; full-time over Summer 2023.


  • Assist with necessary background research to understand the relevant therapeutic category vis-à-vis clients’ strategies
  • Collaborate with a team of medical communications professionals to develop high-quality and strategically aligned scientific communications (manuscripts, slide decks, etc) in support of a pharmaceutical product
  • Attend internal status meetings to keep the agency team abreast of progress against deliverables and timelines
  • Assist senior agency staff in preparing for client meetings and content reviews with medical experts and other stakeholders
  • Learn to incorporate feedback from a range of perspectives into scientific content, while maintaining strategic focus
  • Work with various departments across the agency to finalize content for medical-legal-regulatory review, ensuring factual accuracy and flawless execution

Job Requirements

  • Students who have recently completed or intend to complete their degree requirements during the 2023/2024 academic year
  • Currently pursuing an advanced degree in the biomedical sciences (MS, PhD) or an advanced health sciences professional degree (PharmD, MD)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Teams), email, and voicemail 
  • Strong attention to detail, effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage a workload consisting of several concurrent projects or tasks

At Cadent, our workplace is flexible, family-oriented and places high importance on work-life balance. The engaging and rewarding nature of the work that we do is evident in the enthusiasm employees bring to the office every day. Overall, Cadent has a commitment to integrity, a commitment to client satisfaction and a commitment to employee satisfaction and development.

Cadent is part of Syneos Health Communications, a purpose-built collective of agencies focused on supporting health and biopharmaceutical innovators. We work in scalable, collaborative teams that partner across disciplines and geographies to deliver integrated communications strategies that accelerate brand performance. In today’s fast-changing and complex environment, success lies in making connections: between science, emotion, and technology; between data, design and human insight. We’re able to make those connections because our medical communications, digital, advertising, public relations, data science, research and market access specialists work closely with each other and with healthcare experts, including physicians, pharmacists and advocates. Together, we are the connected healthcare partner tapping rich insights to drive innovation, change behavior and pioneer a new era of accountable marketing.

Syneos Health Communications is powered by Syneos Health, a global professional services organization designed to help the biopharmaceutical industry shorten the distance from lab to life.

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Syneos Health is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled) 

As a healthcare company we have an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. Except in those locations where state or local law impacts this vaccination requirement, this position will require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of their job responsibilities unless an exemption can be confirmed based on a medical condition, sincerely-held religious belief, or other reasons recognized by applicable law. Submission and approval of an exemption request does not necessarily guarantee that an accommodation can be provided for any specific job. 


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