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Development Programs

If you will soon be graduating with an undergraduate or advanced degree, consider an AbbVie development program. We created them to give high-performing individuals the opportunity to broaden their work experience in a dynamic environment.

Each formal development program lasts two or three years, depending on the discipline. They are designed to enhance your leadership capabilities, expand your functional skill set and help pave the way to your ultimate career goals. Your functional program manager, assignment manager and mentor will help you acclimate to our unique culture of innovation and discovery. Working collaboratively, you will help make goal-oriented decisions while you perform challenging and rewarding work alongside industry pioneers.

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Length of program:

  • Three 8-month assignments

Focus areas:

  • Business Analytics
  • Project Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Application Technology 
  • Emerging Technology
  • Design & Architecture 
  • Digital Technology
  • Information Security 

Basic Requirements:

  • Completion of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in related discipline:
    • Management Information Systems, Information Technology, Data Science, Business Analytics or Computer Science with substantial information systems coursework.
    • Engineering majors with a strong emphasis in a technical related curriculum.
  • Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship
  • Previous internship or related experience required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ideal candidates will combine technical and business knowledge with analytical strength and creative problem solving abilities
  • Proven track record of team work, adaptability, innovation, initiative and integrity
  • Excellent communication, leadership and project management skills

Global opportunities:

Most of the Business Technology Solutions Development Program assignments are located in Lake County, Illinois. The program has the potential for international assignment areas in the following locations:
 

  • Germany
  • Audit assignment locations vary

Length of program:

  • Three 12-month assignments

Focus areas:

  • Engineering:
  • Manufacturing
  • Purchasing and Supplier Management
  • Quality
  • Science & Technology
  • Supply Chain 

Basic Requirements:

  • Completion of a degree in related discipline:
    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree:
      • Engineering (Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related)
      • Life Sciences (Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or related)
  • Doctorate degree:
    • Pharmacy
  • Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship

Preferred Requirements:

  • Excellent problem-solving, written, and verbal skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal, leadership and project management skills
  • Proven track record of teamwork, adaptability, innovation, initiative and integrity
  • Global mobility, flexibility and mindset

Global opportunities:

Global assignment opportunities are in the following countries for your 2nd or 3rd assignment:

  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Singapore
  • United States (Lake County, IL)

Length of program:

  • Four 6-month assignments

Focus areas:

  • Financial analysis
  • Budgets, plans and forecasting
  • Reporting and controls
  • Manufacturing operations accounting

Basic Requirements:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in related discipline:
    • Finance
    • Accounting
  • Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Minimum of 4 Accounting classes for semester schools and 5 for quarter schools upon graduation
  • One 3-4 credit hour accounting course needs to be cost accounting
  • Willingness to do 1-2 six month rotation(s) outside Lake County, IL
  • School and/or work experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship
  • Minimum of one internship in finance or accounting

Preferred Requirements:

  • Dual major or minor in a related field is a plus
  • No more than 1 “C” in accounting classes
  • Active member/leader of school or national organizations in finance or accounting
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal, leadership and project management skills
  • Proven track record of teamwork, adaptability, innovation, initiative and integrity
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team setting

Global opportunities:

Each program member would most likely have two to three Lake County, Illinois assignments and one international assignment in one of the following locations:

  • Australia
  • Netherlands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Audit assignments, vary by audit

Length of program:

Two 18 month rotations in both Marketing and Managed Healthcare and one 12 month rotation in Sales

Focus areas:

  • Sales/Key account management
  • Product marketing
  • Managed health care marketing

Basic Requirements:

  • Completion of a Master’s of Business Administration , preferably with an emphasis on marketing or general management
  • Strong academic performance, minimum GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Eligible to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship

Preferred Requirements:

  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Domestic geographic mobility
  • 3 to 5 years of prior work experience

Location Opportunity:

A majority of our Commercial Leadership Program opportunities are based in Lake County, Illinois. However, roles in sales or key account management are field-based and can be flexible.  Field locations include:

  • Boston
  • San Francisco
  • Chicago

Length of program:

Three 8-month assignments

Focus areas:

  • Clinical program development
  • Data sciences
  • Clinical Drug Supply Management
  • Clinical Compliance
  • Compliance Training
  • R&D Contracting

Basic Requirements:

  • Completion of Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in related discipline:
    • Life Sciences (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry), Nursing, Clinical Research, or related
    • Statistics (Data Sciences, Mathematics, or similar)
    • Engineering (Computer Science, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering)
  • Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Previous internship or related experience required
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship

Preferred Requirements

  • Proven track record of teamwork, adaptability, innovation, initiative and integrity
  • Excellent communication, leadership, project management, problem solving, analytical skills, and business mindset
  • Microsoft Excel or other database experience is a plus

Locations

Lake County – North Chicago, IL

Length of program:

Three 12-month assignments

Focus areas:

  • Business Human Resources supporting one of our functional businesses:
    • R&D, Operations, Commercial, or Corporate Staff Functions
  • Global Talent:
    • Talent Management
    • Talent Acquisition
  • Other Centers of Excellence:
    • Total Rewards
    • Employee Relations 

Basic Requirements:

  • Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in HR, Master’s preferred 
  • Previous internship or related experience required
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship 

Preferred Requirements:

  • Proven track record of teamwork, adaptability, innovation, initiative, and integrity
  • Global mindset to thrive in a diverse culture and environment
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and project management skills
  • Analytical and creative problem solving abilities

Locations:

Lake County – North Chicago, IL

Internships

Everything we do begins and ends with the patients we serve. We draw our purpose, our products and our way of working from their needs. As an intern, you share in this commitment by challenging the status quo and gaining work experience directly related to your field of study and career goals. You’ll accelerate your future career path as you gain access to some of the most respected industry experts and senior leaders across the globe.

See our internships at work.

In Their Own Words

“I had a very positive experience in both of my internships at AbbVie. It was useful to see how the concepts I learned in the classroom were applicable to real-world corporate finance functions. The pharmaceutical industry is so dynamic and always changing due to innovation and technology, and being a part of the AbbVie team for the summer was definitely rewarding. My internships will help me when I join AbbVie full-time because of the exposure I had to the Operations and Commercial side of the business.” – Olivia Bounadere, Finance Development Program I (and former finance intern in Global Marketing & Commercial Operations), North Chicago, IL

Olivia is a former two-time intern who is about to join us full time in the Finance Development Program. She’s a prime example of how AbbVie’s internship program helps a person build the skills necessary to work at AbbVie—and throughout the corporate world. During an internship after her sophomore year of college, she worked on planning, reporting, analyses of standard costs and volume/price analyses, along with the annual and long-range planning process. During her second internship after graduation, she focused on equally important areas, including developing a long-range plan reference book serving as financial support for one of our key brands.

Olivia Bounadere, Finance Development Program I (and former finance intern in Global Marketing & Commercial Operations), North Chicago, IL

Internship Program Overview

AbbVie’s internship program offers:

  • Robust and impactful project assignments
  • Networking and exposure to senior leaders
  • Opportunities to create remarkable impact
  • Business and development overviews
  • Team-based networking and socials
  • Philanthropy involvement

Length of program:

10-12 weeks

Housing accommodations:

We provide housing for interns who have a permanent home address more than 40 miles from the assigned internship location. Our housing consists of a shared-occupancy room in extended-stay hotel and shuttle transportation to and from the AbbVie campus.

Requirements:

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0/4.0
  • Completed at least one year of university studies prior to internship
  • Returning to university for at least one semester post-internship
  • Global mindset to thrive in a diverse culture and environment
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills

Focus areas:

  • Business Analytics
  • Project Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Application Technology
  • Emerging Technology
  • Design & Architecture
  • Digital Technology
  • Information Security

Upon successful completion of a BTS internship, interns may be considered for a full-time position in our Business Technology Solutions Development Program.

 

Focus areas:

  • Project engineering
  • Quality and compliance
  • Science and Technology

Upon successful completion of an Operations internship, interns may be considered for a full-time position in our Operations Development Program.

Focus areas:

  • Financial analysis
  • Budgets, plans and forecasting
  • Reporting and controls
  • Manufacturing operations accounting

Upon successful completion of a finance internship, interns may be considered for a full-time position in our Finance Development Program.

Focus areas:

  • Sales/Key account management
  • Product marketing
  • Managed health care marketing

Upon successful completion of a Commercial internship, interns may be considered for a full-time position in our Commercial Leadership Program.

Focus areas:

  • Clinical program development
  • Data sciences
  • Clinical Drug Supply Management
  • Clinical Compliance
  • Compliance Training
  • R&D Contracting

Upon successful completion of a Clinical Trial Operations internship, interns may be considered for a full-time position in our Clinical Trial Operations Development Program.

Focus areas:

  • Business Human Resources supporting one of our functional businesses:
    • R&D, Operations, Commercial, or Corporate Staff Functions
  • Global Talent:
    • Talent Management
    • Talent Acquisition
  • Other Centers of Excellence:
    • Total Rewards
    • Employee Relations

Upon successful completion of a Human Resources internship, interns may be considered for a full-time position in our Human Resources Leadership Development Program.

As an Experiential Intern, you will do meaningful work that has a real impact on our business and patients worldwide.  These assignments are based on business need and may change annually. An advanced degree may be required for some roles.

Focus area examples:

  • Clinical Pharmacology 
  • Data Sciences & Statistics 
  • Drug Product Development 
  • Drug Discovery 
  • Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)
  • Manufacturing, Science, and Technology (MS&T)
  • Pharmacovigilance and Patient Safety (PPS) 
  • Process Chemistry

These assignments are based on business need and may change annually.

Focus area examples:

  • Corporate responsibility, brand and communications
  • Health economics and outcomes research (HEOR)
  • Corporate strategy office

Additional Resources

The AbbVie Early Career Team attends Career Fairs and hosts a number of Corporate Overviews. Use the link below to see when AbbVie may be coming to recruit at your University!

Campus Recruiting Calendar