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Pfizer, Inc.

Quantitative Finance Intern

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Structure, teamwork, projects, networking

What I wish was different

In person rather than online

Advice

Always stay on top of everything! Ask questions!
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Associate Process Engineer/Scientist Co-op

June 2020 • Andover, MA

What I liked

I got to participate in tech transfer meetings and get experience working with quality tracking systems.

What I wish was different

I of course would have loved to experience the internship in person, and I feel like this would've helped me to better integrate into the team.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions!
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Human Resources Intern

June - August 2019 • Dalian, Liaoning

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

It's a great experience exploring my career options.
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Environment, Health and Safety Intern

June - August 2020 • Groton, CT

What I liked

The remote internship program was very interactive, with many Webinars and informational sessions scheduled to connect interns with one another and help them learn more about the company.

What I wish was different

I wish that there were other interns working in the department I was located in, as it would have been nice to speak with other interns on a daily basis to get second opinions of how to approach key project deliverables.

Advice

Some advice I would share is to keep consistent communication with your manager throughout the course of the internship. This is key to efficient progress throughout your assignments and to maintain an effective professional relationship.
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Bioinformatics Intern

May - August 2020 • Boulder, CO

What I liked

Lots of opportunities to learn, good balance of support and autonomy, opportunity to work on real problems and make an impact, a lot of faith in my work

What I wish was different

I wish there were more opportunities to network or meet more people in the company

Advice

Advocate for what you want to be doing - they'll listen.
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Marketing Technologies Analytics Analyst

June - August 2020 • Collegeville, PA

What I liked

Great exposure to marketing with a mammoth, global company

What I wish was different

Improved communication

Advice

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Advanced Customer Engagement Intern

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

What I learned from this experience is that I like to work in a project-based internship (long-term, more control over the process) rather than task-based internship (a different subject/topic task every day).
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Information Management Intern

June - August 2020 • Groton, CT

What I liked

The managers were very knowledgeable and provided great guidance throughout the process. All the employees were very intelligent, but very humble and patience with the interns like myself. This allowed me to grasp everything with ease and then make a true impact on the company in a matter of my my 10 week internship.

What I wish was different

With the virus I would've like more intern activities to engage all the interns to get to know each other, but it is also hard given the pandemic is still in place and virtual events will never be up to par as real in person interaction.

Advice

I would tell any student to ask as many questions as possible and meet as many people as possible everyone is kind, engaging, and definitely willing to talk with you and share their knowledge.
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Communications Intern

June - August 2020 • Groton, CT

What I liked

I enjoyed the group I was placed in and the work we did for the company. Our job was to prepare and send mass emails to the entire department and company, which is very important to daily operations. I liked the trust my team put in me to complete my assignments without micro managing me.

What I wish was different

The internship was completely online, so I did not get the full office experience. I wish I could've gone into the office and interacted with my coworkers and supervisors.

Advice

Ask questions, network, and work hard. Asking questions shows you care and want to learn and the answer will clarify your confusion. Networking is beneficial in so many ways and can give you connections that will last a long time and open doors in the future. A hard work ethic is great in any job, especially an internship where you are trying to prove yourself. You can teach someone with a hard work ethic how to do a job, but you can't teach someone with the right skills a great work ethic.
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Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Kalamazoo, MI

What I liked

Good mentoring

What I wish was different

Virtual format was hard

Advice

Utilize network opportunities
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Database Administration Intern

May - August 2018 • Chesterfield, MO

What I liked

The people, the experience, and all the learning opportunities.

What I wish was different

More lab work.

Advice

Go for it! Super great place to work for, and if you have an idea about what you want, they'll absolutely work with you to make it happen.
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Communications Project Assistant

May - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I did the job through the Pfizer Student Workers program through Atrium staffing. They provided a lot of events for interns to go to talks, meet up for fun events, and learn about the business. That was nice, in addition to the day-to-day work that I did. As far as the aforementioned day-to-day work went, my manager was exceedingly kind and not at all patronizing—I never had to grab people coffee! The work I did, while not as essential as mixing life-saving drugs, was never treated as petty work. I gained a lot of experience with formal workplace interactions (writing emails, interviewing colleagues, going to meetings), which I am very grateful for

What I wish was different

I mentioned the events for the student workers, but I didn’t attend any. Additionally, I didn’t work with any students in my area so it was a bit isolated, though that was on me.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to try jobs in areas that you don’t have an immense passion for. It doesn’t have to be on track with what you want to do in order to give you learning experiences. I know what it’s like to work in a New York office, and this familiarity has helped me grow confidence. Also, don’t be afraid to be social; it’s essential for networking, but more importantly (in my view) it makes the experience a lot more enriching and fun.
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Communications and Project Associate

May - August 2019 • Andover, MA

What I liked

I loved being in a large company with a structured program for their interns, co-ops and summer workers. I felt like a part of a team, did meaningful work, presented in front of colleagues and enjoyed some large company benefits such as attending a Red Sox game! Additionally, I was able to shadow positions all around the site, exposing me to all the different aspects of a biotech company.

What I wish was different

I wish that my specific role catered more towards my biology major, as my work surrounded business and manufacturing, which I had less experience in.

Advice

Network and explore! Even though your internship may put you in one department, many companies embrace your curiosity and will let you shadow people all around the site.
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Biometrics Intern

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Everyone was very friendly and willing to help and create projects with you. The company hosted so many programs for the interns and it was fun meeting the chief of staff.

What I wish was different

Some days there was not enough work.

Advice

Ask as many questions as you can and take initiative!
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Lab Assistant

May 2018 • La Jolla, CA

What I liked

I love the environment and the overall mission of the company.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I truly enjoy working here.

Advice

If you're going into research, realize that more often than not, the expected or desired results don't always come right away.
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Quality Assurance Intern

May - August 2019 • Parsippany, NJ

What I liked

Very laid back and friendly work environment, made a lot of connections, great stepping stone for my future goals

What I wish was different

nothing, everything was wonderful.

Advice

I definitely recommend the Pfizer Summer Student Worker Program to anyone interested. It was a great experience, especially for those interested in chemistry or pharmaceuticals.
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Engineering Co-op

July 2019 • Andover, MA

What I liked

It is a good company to work for. I learned a lot. I made a lot of great professional connections.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more hands on work.

Advice

Absolutely do at least one co-op if you can.
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QCA CO-OP

January - June 2019 • Andover, MA

What I liked

Colleagues were very helpful and friendly. Great work environment.

What I wish was different

Came in at a hectic time of the year. Training was slow in the beginning. Wish I had a quicker training period so I could work on more projects during my time there.

Advice

Ask as many questions as you need. Get out of your comfort zone!
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Clinical Development

June - August 2019 • Groton, CT

What I liked

The facilities were well-kept and the employees that I worked with were friendly and helpful.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to interact with other interns, but unfortunately I was the only intern in my department and general area of Pfizer.

Advice

Never be afraid to ask questions, because the people around you are always willing to help and aren't expecting the world of interns!
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Storage and Data Protection Intern

May - August 2019 • Collegeville, PA

What I liked

I like how I got to meet many people in different fields and got to work in teams.

What I wish was different

I wish that I got to start doing work right away instead of waiting around for about a week.

Advice

Always ask questions and step out of your comfort zone to talk to other people in different departments
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