Launch Your Next Career in the Life Sciences

Maybe you haven’t made the connection, but we have. Your military experience has prepared you for a fulfilling career in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

Discipline, integrity, leadership, adaptability and attention to detail are shared values between experienced military personnel and life sciences professionals. Whether you are a former Airman, Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Coast Guardsman, your experience can land you a new career in the life sciences.

In the life sciences community we share a common drive: a compassion to serve. If you are a Military Veteran, Service Member in Transition or Military Spouse, we invite you to explore our portal and start your pathway to your next rewarding career in the life sciences.


NEW training opportunity! Take the BioWork course for free.

The newly launched Military Service Members in Biopharma Manufacturing initiative is offering free training for the BioWork program to veterans, transitioning military, and military spouses.

Qualifying participants will learn hands-on skills needed for a job in biopharma. Limited spaces are available for Central Carolina Community College and Durham Technical Community College cohorts.

This project was developed with an award from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) and financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (70NANB17H002).

This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are filling up fast. Register today to reserve your spot. If the cohort is full, you'll be added to the waiting list.

Thank you for your service.

military seals

 

COVID-19 Resources

Visit the NCBiotech COVID-19 Resource page for a list of resources and event updates.

Veterans in Biopharma

These stories and quotes from program participants, industry partners, and military members who have entered into the biopharma manufacturing sector highlight the reward that comes with working in the life science industry.

Veteran Spotlight
John Nicolas

“To my fellow service members, as you are considering your civilian career goals, my advice to you is look beyond your comfort zone.  Keep an open mind and be willing to step outside of what feels comfortable.  The soft skills learned in the Military; strict adherence to following procedures, drive to achieve results, and problem-solving skills are highly valued.  My MOS or Military Occupational Code was Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist.  If I had stayed in my comfort zone, I would have shied away from the opportunity to accept a Military Intern Bioprocess Technician role made available to me through the NCBiotech Veterans Outreach Program. 

Don’t underestimate your skills. I found through my internship and BioWork training that Biopharma manufacturing is where I want to be in my civilian career.  I stepped outside of my comfort zone and would not have changed a thing.  To my fellow service members and military spouses, I also recommend you consider completing the BioWork Certification Program offered at some of the Community Colleges.  For me, I completed the program at Central Carolina Community College and had a blast!  It’s a program designed for the adult learner, industry specific, and the program instructor was great.  For me, completing the BioWork certification program while on my Military Internship was instrumental as all the work I was performing and why I was doing it became crystal clear.  I had such a great experience I’ve volunteered to support an upcoming video project. 

 In closing, I’ll leave my fellow service members, veterans, and military spouses with this: I once had a Sergeant Major who would often say “every day is a selection”.  He meant every day you must prove you belong here.  I have found those words were true.  If continuing to serve others in your civilian career is important to you, the biopharma manufacturing industry allows you to continue to serve others while using all the skill assets you developed while serving our great country.  Take the initiative to explore military internships in biopharma manufacturing or take the BioWork Certification class.  Think outside your comfort zone and give it a go!  I did and now I’m fully engaged in my civilian career working as a full-time Bioprocess Technician with Pfizer.”

John Nicolas, Army Veteran, Former Military Intern, Bioprocess Technician with Pfizer-Sanford, NC

Randy Handowrk

This Leatherneck's Proud of NCBiotech's Veterans Outreach Program

As a Marine, I’m proud of my employer. 

People at North Carolina’s huge military bases who are transitioning into civilian life are getting an amazing new opportunity, thanks to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and its partners. 

Soldier in a lab

Pfizer saw the value of my military training and experience and understood how the skills I had gained through my years of training and military experience would transfer in to their operation.

Craig Hardy, Navy Veteran, Senior Maintenance Manager, Pfizer

Believe in yourself and bring forth the mindset that you possessed in the military, such as “adapt and overcome.” The ability to help others by transforming or improving the quality of life for patients and families is the biggest reward one could ask for. 

Marine Veteran Charles Marsh, manufacturing specialist, Novartis Gene Therapies

Upcoming Events

June 24, 2021: Merck hiring event with NCBioNetwork

Merck is partnering with BioNetwork to host an exclusive Merck Virtual Career Fair. Merck has a strong corporate goal to fill over 100 positions by August. Sign-up today to reserve your spot for this exclusive career event.

Hiring for:

  • Associate Technician
  • Technician
  • Senior Technician
  • Lead Technician
  • Associate Specialist, Engineering
  • Specialist, Engineering
  • Associate Specialist, QA
  • Specialist, QA

 

 

Past Events

BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz
BioWork Blitz

The BioWork Blitz workshops were designed to support our goal to build greater awareness and pathways to rewarding careers in the life sciences.

Attendees learn about:

  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Gowning procedures
  • SOP (standard operating procedure) writing
  • Upstream and downstream biopharma manufacturing
  • Biopharma industry growth and careers.

To date, we have proudly welcomed forty participants and have delivered several interactive learning sections.

Skills and Experience Built for Your Next Opportunity

As you close your military chapter and explore your next path, we hope you'll stay in North Carolina and consider a life science career. Careers in the life sciences offer excellent pay and benefits, personal and professional growth potential, and a great way to continue your commitment to service with a purpose. These careers save lives and deliver a better quality of life at home, and across the globe.

Your military experience and training have prepared you for roles in these business categories. As you explore your next career move, take a look at the following sampling of positions found in many North Carolina biopharma manufacturing companies.

  • Manufacturing operations

    • Manufacturing technicians
    • Product schedulers
    • Sampling technicians
    • Production leads and supervisor roles
  • Warehouse operations

  • Distribution and packaging operations

  • Engineering and facilities operations

    • Maintenance Technicians
    • Utilities / HVAC / Process
    • Refrigeration
    • Water / Waste / Wifi Systems
    • Instrumentation and Calibration
    • Electricians
    • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Supply chain logistics

    • Production and Materials Planning
    • Vendor Management / Buyers
  • Information Technology

Investing in our Military Community

Military Service Members in Biopharma Manufacturing

A grant to help train military service members in North Carolina and Texas for biopharmaceutical manufacturing careers has been approved by the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals.

Dubbed Military Service Members in Biopharma Manufacturing (MSMBM), the initiative will provide targeted technical training to complement the leadership and other soft skills learned in the military. Learn more about this project and our commitment to create meaningful pathways to civilian careers and training in the life sciences.

Training Opportunities Close to Home

The following community colleges offer life science degrees and continued education training, all in close proximity to North Carolina's military bases.

Veterans, transitioning service members, Reserves, and military spouses are encouraged to explore available program offerings to support your continued academic interests.

If virtual learning options are important to you, please explore the links provided below. These learning partners are now offering fully online or hybrid learning options.

Community College Training Programs

  • Central Carolina Community College

    Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) offers multiple short-term certification curriculums in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, as well as some online formats.

  • Johnston Community College

    The Johnston Community College (JCC) biotechnology department offers training that prepares individuals for high tech, well-paying jobs in the biotechnology sector. There are a variety of courses available and an associate's degree curriculum program to meet the growing needs of the industry. 

  • Pitt Community College

    The Pitt Community College biotechnology curriculum has been developed to meet the increasing demand for skilled workers in the biological and chemical technology fields. The course work emphasizes training for positions such as research assistants, laboratory technicians and quality control technicians.

  • Fayetteville Technical Community College

    Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) offers educational programs tailored for current military and veterans. FTCC has a convenient location at the Bragg Training and Education Center (BTEC), ideal for the soldiers and families stationed at Fort Bragg and Pope Airfield, and designed its programs in flexible formats to fit busy schedules.

BioWork Certificate Program

BioWork logo

BioWork Certificate Program

The BioWork certificate program will equip you with the skills needed to start your next career in life sciences. The 136-hour program prepares participants for a job as a process technician for a biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or chemical manufacturing company.

 

Military interns

Former military members complete their BioWork Certification and celebrate at a luncheon hosted by Pfizer.

Pictured Left to Right: Elizabeth Ellis-NCBiotech Veterans Outreach Program Lead, Craig Hardy-Pfizer, Dr. Lisa Chapman-President Central Carolina Community College, Julius Alverez-Military Intern, John Nichols-Military Intern, Cathy Swindell-Director Workforce Develop CCCC, Mike Kidd-Lead Program Instructor

NC Pharmaceutical Services Network

scientists in the lab

The North Carolina Pharmaceutical Services Network (PSN) is a one-of-a-kind partnership between industry and academia that provides a continuum of pharmaceutical education and training to new and existing companies in North Carolina and beyond.

PSN at Pitt Community College provides provides a pilot plant type manufacturing environment and lab scale equipment to teach oral solid dosage theory and manufacturing technique.

PSN at East Carolina University is a laboratory-based education and training network. Offerings include GMP/GLP courses, short courses, and analytical services.

Open Internship Opportunities

We Have Military Internships Available

NCBiotech, world-class biopharma manufacturing/life sciences organizations, and Fort Bragg’s Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP/CSP team) have come together to support military individual internships. These internships offer real time on-the-job experience and a direct pathway to potential civilian job placement. 

Each military internship is up to 16-weeks in length and provides the unique opportunity to receive on-the-job training in biopharma manufacturing. Some internships include the completion of NC BioNetwork's industry-recognized BioWork certification program.

If you are within five to six months of your military exit date, have a good military performance record, and believe you may possess the skills we are seeking, we encourage you to learn more and apply with your local US Army SFL-TAP/CSP team. You may also apply directly on the NCBiotech Job Board or email your resume and joint services document (as applicable) to elizabeth_ellis@ncbiotech.org

We value the military skill assets you have developed during your Military service.

We currently have internship opportunities at Pfizer in Sanford, N.C. and Seqirus in Holly Springs, N.C.

Explore available Military internship opportunities and apply today by visiting the listings on the NCBiotech Jobs Board.

 

  • Warehouse Operations Military Internship
    • Prior military receiving / warehouse operations experience desired
    • Documentation / records management
    • SAP inventory controls/receiving/distribution (G-Army)
    • Soldiers with 92A, 92Y, E4-E5 may be the best fit; yet we are not limited to these.
    • Forklift experience and/or material handling equipment is a plus

     

  • Bioprocess Technician (BPT) Internships
    • The ability to conduct basic math formulations is required
    • Document and records management experience are a plus
    • Military roles requiring usage of SAP platforms for inventory controls and/or general operations are considered a high-valued skillset
    • Prior experience requiring attention to detailed instructions and timely documentation requirements are an expectation of this role
    • Although not required, Military experience in cleanroom environments (typically found in lab and controlled operating work environments) are a plus. For example, if your Military experience includes work with controlled materials or work as a lab tech, dental tech, or related type of role in the medic field, you typically will possess transferable skillsets for this role.

     

  • Maintenance Technician Internships
    • Must have prior and/or current experience working in a mechanical and/or electrical role
    • Military training certifications in maintenance, electrical, and instrumentation are considered a plus for this role

    The Military intern will be responsible for and will receive real-time on-the-job experience and biopharma industry training in the following operational areas:

    • Performing corrective maintenance activities on equipment
    • Troubleshooting and repair equipment and systems
    • Perform preventative and predictive maintenance on equipment
    • Position may require specialized skills and knowledge such as welding, electrical, HVAC, refrigeration, pipe fitting, etc.
    • Perform predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance activities, document all work order activities in EAMS and relevant equipment logs
    • Troubleshoot and resolve equipment issues in a timely manner utilizing DMAIC techniques
    • Read and follow equipment schematics, logic diagrams and engineering drawings
    • May support engineering projects to select and install appropriate equipment

     

What is required for each Individual Military Internship role?

If you are Service Member in transition within five months of your Military exit date, we invite you to explore the following Individual Military Internships made available to you through the NCBiotech Veterans Outreach Program and the U.S. Army SFL-TAP/CSP program at Fort Bragg, NC.

  • All roles are up to 12-16-weeks in length and require at minimum a H.S. diploma. For all internship roles, any experience following SOP (standard operating procedures) and cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) are considered a plus.
  • Your ability to work in an environment requiring the ability to complete multiple tasks timely and accurately are required.
  • For all roles, any experience with PowerPoint, excel, word experience will be considered a plus yet not mandatory. 
  • Exposure to lean six sigma, continuous improvement practices, or training are additional assets for these roles. 
  • All roles do require the ability to manage and work in an environment requiring the capability to complete multiple tasks timely and effectively
  • Service members must be considered in good standing with their Chain of Command, have a clean background, and will be subject to pre-onboarding processes at the respective “host” company.

To interested service members, we are interested in the skillsets you’ve attained throughout your Military career so we encourage you to think beyond your MOS title and focus on your transferrable assets.

 

How to get started and who to contact?

For additional internship details and to secure your eligibility to apply, please reach out to the Fort Bragg, NC SFL-TAP/CSP leadership team.

You may also email your resume and joint services training document (as applicable) to elizabeth_ellis@ncbiotech.org to be considered!

Take action today and discover your next career with the life sciences.

Below are just a few of the industry partners working with the North Carolina university and community college systems to develop robust training programs throughout the state. Click their logo to browse open positions and find out more about their opportunities for veterans.

Explore all life science companies in NC.

Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), was enacted on March 11, 2021, and was effective immediately. VRRAP was part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, with aid targeted to assist individuals and businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible for VRRAP, a Veteran must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 22 years of age and less than 67 years of age
  • Unemployed due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Not eligible for GI Bill or VR&E benefits
  • Not enrolled in a Federal or State jobs program
  • Not receiving VA disability compensation because you are unable to work
  • Not receiving unemployment compensation including enhanced benefits under the CARES Act

View the VRRAP page for more details.

Become A Mentor with Veterati

Are you passionate about sharing your industry expertise? Have you thought about utilizing that knowledge to mentor a Veteran, Transitioning Service Member, or Military Spouse?

If you answered yes, consider becoming a mentor with Veterati. Whether you are a civilian or Veteran working in the life sciences sector, you possess critical knowledge valued by mentees exploring their next career path. Visit the website below to learn how you can put your passion to good use.

North Carolina Workforce Development

Transformation Talks Episode 4

As North Carolina’s life science communities grow, a key concern is having enough qualified workers to fill positions requiring specialized skills. NCBiotech is tackling this issue with new programs focused on providing veterans and high school students with career pathways to pharma/biomanufacturing. These programs strive to match highly qualified veterans and students with unfilled positions at the state’s pharma and biopharma companies.

Note: This podcast was recorded in early March 2020. NCBiotech remains committed to ensuring a qualified pharma/biomanufacturing workforce given its importance in addressing the challenges brought on by the COVID19 pandemic and other significant human health needs.

Veteran's pfizer tour

Fort Bragg’s Soldier for Life Transition Assistant Program (SFL-TAP) team tours Pfizer-Sanford, NC

In support of the NCBiotech Veterans Outreach Program, Pfizer hosted an experiential site tour for Fort Bragg’s SFL-TAP team. Attendees were welcomed with an overview of the site’s history and an expansive tour explaining biopharma manufacturing processes. 

We’ve made the connection: military service members are a great fit for making medicines!  Throughout their career, service members develop transferable skills that fit nicely in biopharma manufacturing roles. Creating opportunities for our military transition assistant program teams to experience industry operating environments and its culture is an important part of building a robust Veterans Outreach program.

Attendees are pictured left to right:  Salmon Ponaport, US Army TAP Team, Raymond Godsave, NC Works, Jerves Shipman, US Army TAP Team, Charles Mitchell, Associate Director of Pfizer Manufacturing, William McMillian, US Army TAP Manager, Elizabeth Ellis, NCBiotech’s Veterans Outreach Program Consultant, and Bill Bullock, NCBiotech’s SVP Economic Development and Statewide Operations

military interns complete certification

Former military members complete their BioWork Certification and celebrate at a luncheon hosted by Pfizer.

Pictured Left to Right: Elizabeth Ellis-NCBiotech Veterans Outreach Program Lead, Craig Hardy-Pfizer, Dr. Lisa Chapman-President Central Carolina Community College, Julius Alverez-Military Intern, John Nichols-Military Intern, Cathy Swindell-Director Workforce Develop CCCC, Mike Kidd-Lead Program Instructor

For more information or questions about the Veterans Outreach Program, contact:

Elizabeth Ellis
Workforce Development Director
Life Sciences Economic Development
NCBiotech
elizabeth_ellis@ncbiotech.org

Photo credits:

Header photo by Department of Defense/Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz
North Carolina State University Biotechnology Training and Education Center
iStock