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Company/Organization Name
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals
Internship Title
Corporate Communications Intern
Internship Duration
mid May – early August 2023
Internship Description
At BioCryst, we are passionate about advancing novel therapeutics for patients with rare and serious diseases. Our structure-guided drug design process leads us to the discovery and development of novel small-molecule drugs. We integrate traditional biology and medicinal chemistry along with a wide array of advanced technologies to understand the three-dimensional structures of active sites of target enzymes. Our scientists then design molecular structures to create bespoke drugs for patients. We focus on therapeutic areas with either no available treatments or large unmet patient needs. BioCryst’s US headquarters are located in Durham, North Carolina, our European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and our Discovery Center of Excellence in Birmingham, Alabama. We are proud of our culture of engagement and accountability that rewards people for innovative thinking and achievement of key objectives. For more information, please visit the company’s website at
The BioCryst Internship Program is your ticket to getting a head start on your career! As an intern, you will gain hands-on, real world work experience. Our internship program includes:
12 weeks of full-time, paid work experience
In-person summer internship orientation
Access to our new office in the Boxyard, RTP campus
Professional development workshops and access to LinkedIn Learning
Expand your professional network through our career connections series
Social and volunteer activities
Summer Intern Showcase
Opportunities to connect with company leaders and MORE!
This is an exciting opportunity to obtain hands-on communications experience at a fast-growing biotech company. As a Corporate Communications Intern, you will support the BioCryst Corporate Communications Team across a variety of communications efforts, including employee/internal communications, external communications (e.g., media relations, social/digital communications, executive visibility/thought leadership) and event planning and execution. This is a unique chance for you to garner a breadth of experience across the corporate communications spectrum while gaining valuable healthcare and biotechnology industry experience.  The ideal candidate will be ready to roll up their sleeves and bring their passion for communications into a fast-paced, innovative learning environment. This individual should bring energy every day and be eager to work collaboratively as we work toward our objective of bringing innovative treatments to patients with rare and serious diseases.
– Employee/internal communications: Develop content (e.g., news articles) and track analytics for global intranet. Oversee company-wide mass email coordination and culture calendars. Partner with other departments to ensure the employee perspective is properly reflected in communications. Maintain and organize internal platforms, including photo and video library.
– External communications: Build and maintain trackers (e.g., media lists). Lead weekly traditional media monitoring efforts to track company and relevant industry news. Support ongoing social/digital communications efforts, including daily monitoring of company social channels and assist development of social media content for corporate Twitter and LinkedIn channels. Conduct ad hoc research to inform various communications activities.
– Event planning/execution: Support Internal Communications Team with coordinating all-employee meetings and ad hoc internal events, including pre-meeting set-up and post-meeting communications. Contribute to agenda development, slide creation and speaker forum prep.
– Copy editing: Bring a keen eye to the department’s communications by proofreading documents and editing content for audience and platform.
Working towards a bachelor’s degree in Communications or related discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA
Exceptional written and verbal communicator
Self-starter who can work independently
Ability to be flexible and adjust quickly as priorities change
Team player who is willing to flex outside the prescribed role
Passionate about communications
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Must be able to report to the Durham, NC office
Must be available to work 30-40 hours/week during the period of the summer internship
Must be in proximity to the Durham, NC office for potential in-person team meetings and intern program activities
Submit at least three writing samples. These items may be from a previous internship and/or from your coursework. Examples of writing samples include:
– Press release
– News article
– Communications plan
– Website copy
– Social media post
– Video script
– Media monitoring report
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The statements in this position description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. The manager may assign additional responsibilities and assignments from time to time.
BioCryst is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, Veterans status, disability and/or other protected class characteristics. Additionally, BioCryst is committed to achieving its business objectives in compliance with all federal, state and local law.
BioCryst requires all U.S. based employees to either (a) establish that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or (b) obtain an approved exemption as an accommodation. Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption form is required after a conditional job offer has been made to the applicant and prior to the start date. This requirement is a condition of employment at BioCryst, and it applies regardless of whether the position is located at a physical BioCryst location or is fully remote.
Supervisor / Hire Name
Cara Inagaki Doyle
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