The history of Merck is not what you would consider the typical evolution of a technology company. The company can trace its' roots back to Friedrich Jacob Merck and a drug store in a small town in Germany in 1668.
Jump forward several generations, to 1816 and to Emanuel Merck, who built the company up into a chemical/pharmaceutical factory that produced raw materials for pharmaceuticals. George Merck emigrated to the United States in 1891 and set up operations in New York. After many years and much growth Merck merged with Schering-Plough in 2009 in a $ 1 billion deal. The company now has 51,000 employees in 120 countries with 31 factories worldwide and ranks as the 7th largest pharmaceutical company in the world.
In relation to education, Merck sponsors the Merck Future Talent Program which is designed to provide college and university students with an opportunity to work on meaningful assignments and gain real-world experience through internships and co-ops. In addition, Merck takes an active part in giving back to the global community through The Merck Company Foundation. Since it was founded in 1957 the Foundation has distributed over $700 million to educational and non-profit organizations. Some of its' focuses include health initiatives, education in the biomedical and health sciences, and critical health and social issues in communities where Merck has a presence.
For those students interested in biology and chemistry, the Future Talent Program offers a great way to get hands-on experience in a real-world environment. This is a chance to take your classroom learning and applying the knowledge and skills in a setting that will provide a great addition to your resume along with meeting professional people currently working in the field along the way.