Jennany, Medical Intern
As part of my undergraduate sandwich degree in Biomedical Science, I am completing one year at my company as a Medical Intern. During my internship I am working for 3 months in each of the 4 sub department of the Medical Department - Drug Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance and Medical Information/Communication. Currently I am working for Medical Information/Communication and Quality Assurance, after which I will be going back to university to complete my final year.
My typical day depends on which department I work for. But currently, I help with:
I work as part of a team, under the supervision of the relevant department’s manager.
My role lasts one year.
Studying a science degree, I have realised that I am not a ‘lab person’ and therefore I was looking for science related office based placements when I came across the company I am now working for. Having been there for about 10 months, I made the choice to go into the pharmaceutical industry after graduation.
I was always keen to help people and had a great interest in science and I think the pharmaceutical industry brings those two things together for me.
I believe additional experience and qualifications are always an advantage. It is very useful to have a science background if you are entering the industry.
Very social, and I would say I am lucky for having started my first job with such friendly and helpful people. Everybody is approachable and we also meet occasionally outside work to socialise.
I believe my career will only start after I graduate, but so far my most proud moment was getting my internship with my company as it was my first step to a future career in the pharmaceutical industry.
Good communication and interpersonal skills.
Do research into industry and find out which jobs are suitable for them.
Seek advice from people who are already working in industry.