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Legal Intern, Commercial and Development

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Job Description

The Vertex Internship Program offers students the opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical industry from a hands-on perspective. You will be working closely with and learning from some of the brightest people in the industry. When you join our internship program you should not be surprised to see that our environment is one that is innovative and team oriented, where collaboration is not just a word, and "we are relentless" is in everything we do. Students can expect to be challenged by their project plan, connect with other interns, and feel valued by the Vertex community. Not only will interns learn about their day-to-day tasks through their specific work assignments, but they will interact and have exposure to our organizational leaders and their teams.

Job Summary:

The Commercial and Development Legal team provides legal support to our North America and Global business partners focused on development, regulatory and commercial efforts of our commercial and pipeline products. Our group interacts daily with various internal stakeholders including Commercial, Market Access, Medical Affairs, Clinical Development and Operations, Regulatory Advertising and Promotion, Regulatory Strategy, Patient Safety, Quality, Public Affairs, Government Affairs, and Corporate Communications. The intern will support a broad range of health care regulatory law matters that enable Vertex to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases.

Key Responsibilities:

The individual in this position will:

  • Research and analyze legal and regulatory issues such as those related to:

    • pharmaceutical advertising and promotion;

    • fraud and abuse;

    • GxP (Good Clinical Practice, Good Manufacturing Practice, Good Distribution Practice, etc.);

    • clinical trial regulations;

    • market access;

    • transparency regulations (such as Sunshine Act and clinical trial data transparency);

    • FDA regulatory strategy and policy; and

    • other state and federal regulations.

  • Work collaboratively on projects with other teams within the Legal and Compliance Department, such as privacy and Office of Business Integrity and Ethics (OBIE) teams.

  • Assist with other projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree.

  • Enrollment in an accredited law school.

  • Demonstrated interest in health care, biotechnology, life sciences, or pharmaceutical law preferred with health care or biotechnology preferred in pharmaceutical law.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent academic credentials.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent legal research skills.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office.

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States

  • Candidate must be enrolled in an advanced degree program if graduating Spring 2024

Program Dates: May - August 2024, Full Time

This job posting is for a temporary role with a third-party agency partner that provides services to Vertex. The individual selected for this role will be offered the role as an employee of that third-party agency; compensation, medical benefits, fringe benefits and other terms and conditions of employment shall be presented by the third-party agency upon offer.

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at