Requirements - School of Public Health

Center of Observational Research (CfOR) Intern
Job Description
Job Title: Graduate Intern (Center for Observational Research) – Thousand
Oaks, CA
Reports to: Cathy Critchlow
Program Summary:
Amgen's corporate headquarters is located along the southern California coast between
Santa Monica and Santa Barbara (40 miles west of Los Angeles). Amgen’s internship
program offers meaningful project experiences that impact patient’s lives, competitive
compensation, housing benefits (for eligible candidates), executive networking events,
social networking events, community volunteer project opportunities, on-site fitness
center and much more.
Job Description:
Amgen’s Center for Observational Research (CfOR) department at our Thousand Oaks
headquarters is looking for two grad students interested in a 10 – 12 week internship for
the following responsibilities:
The intern(s) will be working on an epidemiologic methodology project based on the
interest and expertise of the intern. Generally, projects address issues that are typically
found in pharmacovigilance or comparative effectiveness studies, for example:
1. Help develop an algorithm to identify bone metastases and skeletal-related
events in an in-house electronic medical record (EMR) database. This would
entail evaluation of available EMR clinic data (radiology), and working with an
Amgen programmer and an external vendor to develop an abstraction algorithm
that would lead to new, improved data requirements for clinics moving forward.
As a secondary project, the intern could help develop a test/pilot epidemiology
landscape for one tumor type that could be used as a template for a larger
2. Conduct or participate in statistical analyses using marginal structural models to adjust
for time-varying confounding in comparing the incidence rate of fracture healing
complications across osteoporosis medications. The intern will work with a group of
epidemiologists (including an external collaborator from the Harvard School of Public
Health), statisticians and programmers to conduct analyses using SAS according to an
established study protocol using the MarketScan insurance claims database.
Amgen retains the right to add or change the duties of the position at any time.
As an EEO/AA M/F/V/D employer, Amgen values and encourages diversity in the
Basic Qualifications:
Must be a current student in a public health sciences (e.g., epidemiology) PhD program
Completed core doctoral coursework by June, 2013
Must have SAS experience
Amgen requires that all individuals applying for an internship or a co-op assignment at Amgen
must meet the following criteria:
Must be 18 years or older
Must be currently enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university as a full time
Must have completed at least one full year of study at the time the internship begins;
Must have not yet graduated
Must be in good academic standing within their majors and overall at their university
Must be enrolled in school the fall season following the potential internship or co-op
Must not be employed at the time the internship starts
Preferred Qualifications:
Proficient in SAS