ISPE Foundation & Gilead Sciences Announce Diversity Internship Recipients

17 May, 2023

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Foundation Diversity Internship Program with Gilead Sciences, Inc. is proud to announce Laura Chau and Vincent Lai as its 2023 internship recipients. Chau and Lai were chosen from a highly competitive group of applicants from across the United States. The ISPE Foundation established the internship program with Gilead in 2020 to provide opportunities to underrepresented groups in the pharmaceutical industry. The interns will support several high-priority engineering and facilities projects and workstreams in Gilead’s Corporate Operations organization.

I'm really looking forward to the experience that the ISPE Foundation Diversity Internship Program offers. I'm excited to work alongside experienced professionals in the industry, take on challenging projects, and gain deeper insights into Gilead’s operations and culture. Overall, I see this internship as a great opportunity to expand my professional network and gain valuable experience that will help me in achieving my long-term career goals.


I'm extremely excited and grateful to start my career with such an amazing company that has talented people and strong core values. I'm looking forward to this new experience and learning from some of the best in the biopharmaceutical industry.

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About the ISPE Foundation

The ISPE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ISPE International, is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that supports ISPE’s interests across the globe. Specific programs within the foundation include Workforce of the Future, Women in Pharma®, and the Global Knowledge Exchange.

The ISPE Foundation is supported by an International Board of Directors and a global staff of association professionals and advisers under the leadership of Board Chair Dr. Antonio Moreira and ISPE’s President & CEO, Thomas Hartman. As an indication of their level of commitment, 100% of Board Members have contributed donations to support Foundation initiatives. Funded by the generosity of our donors, the Foundation champions programs that create opportunity, diversity, and success within the global pharmaceutical industry.

About Gilead Sciences

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

Gilead has promoted equity, particularly healthcare equity, since the company brought its first therapies to the market. Through global partnerships, Gilead’s medicines today reach millions of people in low- and middle-income countries around the world. In the United States, Gilead has committed more than $100 million over 10 years through the COMPASS Initiative® to community organizations that are working to combat HIV in the U.S. South. In 2020, Gilead launched the Racial Equity Community Impact Fund to support organizations tackling racial inequities affecting Black communities across the United States.