A Shoe in the Door: Regulatory Writing Internships for Promoting Diversity and Building the Talent Pool
Demand for qualified medical writers is high and expected to continue to grow. With competition for experienced writers getting fierce, the need for alternative pools of talent has become evident. This article describes a pilot internship program developed at an independent clinical and regulatory consulting company designed to allow an alternate path for entry into the field of medical writing and to foster and retain talent. The internship will provide novice writers with relevant training, connections, and job experience to aid in attaining a position in regulatory writing. We discuss the challenges and opportunities discovered during the inaugural internship year and provide lessons for developing an internship program.
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