Updated: May 6

COMPANY: Mendel Partners
ROLE: Executive Research Intern
TERM: 4 weeks
STATUS: Unpaid work experience *
QUALIFICATIONS: None (scientific degree/interest preferred)
LOCATION: Remote Open to international candidates
HOURS: Flexi-working (hours to be agreed)
SECTOR: Rare disease—market intelligence

About the company

Mendel Partners is a start-up Executive Recruitment and Investor Search services company, exclusively dedicated to the advanced therapies and rare diseases sector.

As a proud supporter of the RARE youth initiative, we are currently offering a real world opportunity as an Executive Research Intern – Rare Diseases & Advanced Therapies to join us for a six weeks volunteer work experience, where you will learn valuable skills in a supportive work environment.

This is an opportunity to be part of our growths story while developing your research skills and comprehensive on the job training.

About the role

The Executive Researcher Internship is an exciting opportunity to get involved in market intelligence with the aim of driving therapies for rare disease. In the role you will work on gathering targeted market intelligence to be utilised as a business support tool through the entire business development lifecycle from lead generation, client development, and conversion to revenue-generating projects.

* Whilst this is an unpaid voluntary work experience position, a gestural commission will be payable to successful candidates for research work that leads to revenue generation. In addition, the efforts this person puts in will have a direct impact on revenue generation which could ultimately lead to them creating a very well paid job for themselves – the power is literally in their hands.

Key responsibilities

Market research and intelligence;

  • Identification and shortlisting of candidates against live or prospect executive search projects

  • Identification and shortlisting of investors against live or prospect investor search projects

  • Competitor landscape mapping against prospect client businesses, providing a combination of due-diligence and credibility enhancing market intelligence to business development team

  • Identification of industry and project relevant conferences, summits, organisations, membership groups and other similar outfits of interest that may offer expanded access to prospect clients

  • Continuous mapping of new business development targets for consideration including advanced therapies and rare disease Biotechs, specialist advanced therapies and rare disease investor groups, academic partner targets, institutional partner targets and other prospect client targets of interest


  • Building project related reports in line within specific criteria provided by the business development team

  • Presentation/communication of project reports to the business development teams against specific deadlines

  • Regular video and face-to-face meetings with managing director for project reporting, training & development and general communications as is necessary

Additional responsibilities

As a young start-up business there may also be opportunities to be involved in additional responsibilities in support of the evolving business objectives. This could include;

  • Attending conferences as a company representative

  • Supporting managing director with additional organisational duties

  • Direct contact with candidates/clients as per project needs

  • Volunteering and support for charity events for rare disease or advanced therapies related organisations

  • Other ad-hoc research projects

Experience, Qualifications & Skills (E = Essential / P = Preferable)

  • Proficient in basic use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook (E)

  • Clear communicator both written and verbal—good command of English language (E)

  • Self-Disciplined, able to manage own time efficiently with confidence towards meeting time-sensitive project deadlines (E)

  • Scientific Degree or equivalent experience being exposed to life sciences industry (P)

Operational Requirements

  • Own computer/laptop

  • Internet access

More about the opportunity

This role will provide a unique insight in to the complex but rewarding world of Biotechnology companies, specifically focused on those that are looking to develop and market treatments and cures for some of the world’s most devastating rare diseases using cutting edge cell & gene therapies.

You will report directly to the founder of the business; a trained trainer, coach and mentor with 14 years recruitment experience within the industry, including five years as a recruitment-academy training manager within one of the world’s largest specialist pharmaceutical recruitment consultancies.

You will be provided direct training and support to include;

Industry training

  • Types of organisations

  • The drug development process: from concept-to-commercialisation

  • The rare disease sector

  • The advanced therapies sector

  • Sector Investment - Types of investors - Types of funding cycles - The importance of the right investors for our clients

Company Training

  • Mendel Partners - Who we are, what we do and why we are here - Our business model & area of action - Patient-centric mindset

  • Recruitment & Investor Search Services - Types of recruitment: Executive Search vs. Contingency - Fee models - Business development approaches - Candidate/Investor sourcing approaches

  • Support for your onward career - Creating an attractive LinkedIn profile - Creating an attractive CV - Interviewing support - Coaching & mentoring to identify and secure a future dream career

If this is something you think you could add value to whilst benefiting your onward career, Mendel Partners would love to hear from you
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