Corporate Communications Co-Op

Corporate Communications Waltham, Massachusetts


Position Summary:

Apellis Pharmaceuticals is currently seeking a talented and dynamic co-op to join our Corporate Communications team located in Waltham, MA. The ideal candidate will be part of a high-profile team focused on connecting Apellis’ growing global employee base by writing relevant and compelling content for Apellis’ intranet. The Corporate Communications co-op will collaborate with the Director of Corporate Communications to research, write and edit news stories and other content for Apellis’ social media channels and other communications tools. This role is an exciting opportunity to help drive corporate story-telling through strategic communications and business solutions that help achieve organizational and global objectives.

Apellis is a fast-paced, high-energy biopharmaceutical company with offices in Waltham, MA, San Francisco, CA, Crestwood, KY and Zug, Switzerland. We are looking for smart, self-motivated people who want to make a large personal impact as part of a rapidly growing company and are passionate about boldly delivering revolutionary therapies for people living with serious diseases by harnessing the foundational part of the immune system, known as complement. Apellis values the power of diverse talent, backgrounds, and experiences to drive speed, productivity, innovation, and growth. Our co-op program will give you a chance to get real world business experience and build your network before graduation.

This co-op runs from July 2019 until December 2019

General responsibilities

  • Write, edit and develop messaging and content for external and internal audiences
  • Maintain and update company intranet, including Corporate Communications page and company calendar
  • Help coordinate logistics and materials for monthly Apellis town hall meetings
  • Help with the planning of internal and external events
  • Support other Communications projects as needed

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

  • Outstanding writing skills
  • Self-starter
  • Detail Oriented
  • Pro-Active
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Work with a sense of urgency
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong work ethic and tenacity

Preferred Experience/Background

  • Enrolled in a degree program leading to a bachelor’s degree in communications or a related field
  • Minimum of two to three years of University-level study in Communications
  • Prior internship or co-op experience in the pharmaceutical industry is a plus
  • GPA: 3.5 or higher
  • Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Adobe Creative Suite Experience a plus

The Co-Op must be able to commute to Waltham office and commit to work at Apellis full time for 40 hours per week. This is a paid position.

EEO Statement: Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.