Dare to Make a Difference
University Relations Program
Your future in developing and supporting life-saving therapies starts here!
Choosing an internship/co-op/fellowship is an important part of shaping your future career and Cubist provides a robust, hands-on learning experience for all students, ensuring that you get the most out of your time here. Students at Cubist have the opportunity to work alongside the best and brightest in the industry, taking the skills they have acquired, inside and outside the classroom, and applying them in a business or scientific setting.
Working in our state of the art, leed certified R&D facility and business offices, students experience our collaborative and innovative culture firsthand. You will have the opportunity to produce results that contribute to Cubist’s success.
Cubist is seeking students who:
- Hold a competitive GPA (3.2+)
- Have experienced two or more periods of employment (summer employment, part-time semester positions)
- Participate in extra-curricular activities, such as volunteer work, sports, arts, or academic clubs
- Demonstrate ability in the following areas: Innovation, Initiative, Teamwork, Communication, Problem-solving
- Are legally authorized to work in the United States
Meet us On Campus
We enjoy visiting colleges and universities to talk with talented students just like you. Through career fairs, information sessions and other campus events, we are available to answer questions and learn more about you and your career ambitions. The Cubist representatives and leaders who join you on campus are eager to find individuals that share our passion for innovation and advancing our ability to improve health and save lives in the acute care and hospital environment. Our campus visit schedule is below:
Internship and Co-op Program
Cubist’s internship and co-op program is structured as a project-based learning experience, offering students the opportunity to develop fresh ideas and expand their knowledge. Students in the program will actively contribute to Cubist’s goals and growth objectives as well as strengthen their professional network for future opportunities in the industry.
Over the summer months, interns and co-ops participate in an event series designed to bring you through the industry life cycle, give you insight into the life sciences industry, and help you network with senior leaders and peers. The events help to illustrate industry progression of therapies from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside.
This event series includes programs such as:
- Lunch and Learns with Senior Leadership
- Lab Tours
- Skills Workshops
- Volunteer Events
- Job Shadow Program
- Intern/Co-op-Only Networking and
- Timeframe: May-August
- Weekly Schedule: 40 hours
- Timeframe: flexible, typically in line with semester class schedule
- Weekly schedule: Typically 15-20 hours per week depending on student’s class schedule
- Timeframe: 4-6 Months – aligned with your university program
- Weekly Schedule: 40 hours
- Requirements: Students must receive academic credit from their universities in order to participate in the co-op program
Research Associate, Discovery Chemistry Department
Summer Intern 2010
“Cubist’s internship program opened my eyes. I had worked in a lab at school, so I had a strong foundation of knowledge and the hands-on skills I needed to work here as a synthetic chemist. But as a Cubist intern, I gained tremendous practical experience and met incredible people. My mentors were invaluable, and the programs gave me a true understanding of what it’s like to pursue this profession.
I enjoyed doing such meaningful work as an intern, but the number one reason I wanted to come back to Cubist is the culture. People here love what they do, and it shows.”
Intern & Co-Op Benefits
We are committed to providing interns and co-ops hands-on work experience in our dynamic, collaborative, and innovative environment. We strive to ensure that students have a meaningful experience while obtaining fundamental skills and capabilities during their time at Cubist. In addition to stimulating work, we offer students the opportunity to participate in a number of events in order to help them better understand our business and network with senior leaders and peers. Additionally, we offer the following extra benefits in order to enhance their experience at Cubist:
- Free T-Passes and shuttle to/from Alewife Station for anyone who uses public transportation to get to Cubist Campus
- Intern/Co-op Volunteer Opportunities
- State-of-the-art exercise equipment and fitness classes in our on-site workout center
- Access to Cubist Massage Center and Meditation Room
- Free weekly ice cream truck
- Full-service, on-site cafeteria
- Opportunity to attend company-wide events, meetings, presentations, and social networking events
- Business casual work environment and Casual Fridays
- Free on-site garage parking and much more
In collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), our program offers two-year post-PharmD and post-PhD fellowship programs. These fellowship programs are designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduates an in-depth experience in a biopharmaceutical industry setting. In addition to the industry component, the fellows will be exposed to teaching and mentoring students from MCPHS.
The fellows will be appointed as adjunct assistant professors and will have the opportunity to teach, develop and coordinate classes at MCPHS. The fellows may also attend and participate in a monthly seminar at MCPHS with fellows and residents from MCPHS-affiliated programs. Finally, the fellows will have the opportunity to publish peer reviewed articles and present at national conferences.
Senior Clinical Research Scientist
Post-doctoral Fellow 2007-2009
University of Connecticut PharmD
This fellowship has been an invaluable experience, to jump start my career in the pharmaceutical industry. In my position here, I have been able to use both management and clinical skills to maximize the outreach of the Medical Affairs and Clinical Research departments. Having the opportunity to attend live conferences, engage in internal and external meetings, and manage and present scientific data, has given me the confidence to function as an independent professional as part of a multi-disciplinary team. This fellowship has opened the doors to a support system of colleagues from an array of academic and clinical backgrounds, and is providing me with the preparation needed for a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry.”
Cubist currently offers fellowship opportunities in the areas of Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Medical Information, and Process Chemistry R&D.
Fellows will be paid an annual salary as well as benefit offerings through MCPHS
Certificate of Completion
MCPHS and Cubist Pharmaceuticals will award a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the fellowship program
- PharmD — Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, and Medical Information Fellowships
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- PhD — Process Chemistry R&D Fellowship
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Government Affairs Graduate Student
In addition to our Lexington, MA based internships and co-ops, our program offers an excellent opportunity in our Washington, DC based Government Affairs Department. Graduate students in the areas of law, government, and health policy spend one to two semesters experiencing first-hand what government affairs strategy looks like as part of our dynamic, collaborative, and innovative Government Affairs team. As Cubist’s first structured graduate student internship program, Cubist has hosted 7 students since 2009 who have made significant contributions to the organization.
John Zoshak, Esq.
Government Affairs Intern 2011-2012
“Cubist’s Government Affairs graduate internship program prepared me extensively for the position I hold now — I certainly would not have been hired had it not been for my time at Cubist. A year of hands-on experience with the legislative process, and having the flexibility to continue with law school full time, really jump-started my career. It’s not an exaggeration to say without Cubist I would not be where I am today.”
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