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2017 MBA Summer Internship - Vaccine Industry Analysis (Cambridge MA)

Job ID 1603030 Date posted01/10/2017 LocationCambridge, Massachusetts, United States;
More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven organization working internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, central nervous system and providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.
While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients’ lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!
Takeda's summer internship program blends real world experience with an extensive overview of the pharmaceutical industry. Knowledgeable mentors will provide guidance as you gain professional hands-on experience.
The summer internship program is 12 weeks in length and offers a unique perspective into a world-class pharmaceutical company. Compensation is competitive, and financed temporary housing is available to those who qualify. Our internship program also provides you the opportunity to network with people at Takeda through various planned events and activities.
VBU Overview: Today, from Boston/Cambridge and other offices around the world, Takeda’s global vaccine business is applying innovation to tackle some of the world’s most challenging infectious diseases, such as dengue, zika and norovirus. Our team has an outstanding track record in vaccine development, manufacturing and global access to advance a pipeline of vaccines. We address some of the world’s most pressing public health needs, including working with the Gates Foundation to eradicate polio. Vaccines prevent more than two million deaths each year and have transformed global public health.
SUMMER PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Vaccine Industry is going through a transformation with consolidation within multinationals and new entrants in emerging markets.  This dynamic is driven by a combination of increased awareness of immunization as a high priority within governments (and NGOs such as GAVI), introduction of new vaccines, emerging infectious diseases, and increase emphasis on access and affordability.   All these forces are driving a difficult competitive environment with extreme pricing pressure and the need for new operating models.  What are the strategies at the disposal of multinationals (MNC) to compete in this environment ?  The project will get into the high level analysis of the vaccine industry with frameworks, such as the Porter five forces and then lead to specific recommendations on operating models, commercialization strategies, market access, and the use of technology for MNCs to compete in this new environment.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited university for the semester before and immediately following the internship.
  • Pursuing a MBA degree
  • Rigorous, organized individual with analytical skills and project management skills
  • Some background in life science or healthcare is preferred
  • Experience in each of the following MS Office applications:
    • MS Outlook - Proficient  
    • MS Word - Proficient  
    • MS Excel - Proficient  
    • MS PowerPoint - Proficient

May work on the computer for several hours at a time.

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