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Thermo Fisher Scientific

Sample Coordinator Intern

May - August 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

Great coworkers

What I wish was different

Took more leadership opportunities

Advice

Get along with your coworkers
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Scientific Lab Intern

June - August 2020 • Madison, WI

What I liked

I really liked the work environment and my coworkers. Everybody I worked with was very nice and helpful. From day one, I got involved inside and outside of the lab. I was trained on the proper techniques of their testing. I enjoyed using different equipment to test the size of particles as they are inhaled through an inhaler. Also, I liked running my samples through a High Performance Liquid Chromatographer and processing my results.

What I wish was different

Advice

My best piece of advice would be to always be on the lookout for learning opportunities and don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Assistant scientist

July 2020 • Middleton, WI

What I liked

The job work/life flexibility

What I wish was different

Advice

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Data Entry Clerk

May - August 2022 • Lexington, KY

What I liked

Getting paid an hourly wage

What I wish was different

Almost everything, PPD was very unprofessional throughout this entire experience beginning with not sending my equipment until a month into the job to demanding I do a final presentation when I wasn't coming on for a full time position.

Advice

Try their competitor-ICON plc!! They're wonderful!!
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Intern II - Tech Services

August 2022 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

This was my first time in a manufacturing environment, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed my first term at ThermoFisher in Cincinnati. It was really interesting to learn and see all the different processes that go into making pharmaceuticals, and I thought the fast-paced environment was exciting. I felt like I was given a lot of responsibility, which was stressful at times, but also really rewarding once my projects progressed and my work was truly able to help my team. I was able to choose most of what I worked on too. All employees were also really friendly and happy to answer all my questions or point me in the right direction.

What I wish was different

From a personal standpoint, I wish I had been able to work consecutive terms! I was in the Tech Services group, which does batch scale up/scale down, process transfers, and manufacturing process changes. Since it was my first term at the site, I had a really large learning curve, so it was hard for me to get the hang of things until my term was nearly halfway over. I really enjoyed being on the Tech Services team overall, but I found there was quite a bit of boring, grunt work associated with the job, like data collection and data reviews. Another thing I didn’t like was helping with final reports for projects. These were difficult to feel engaged in, as you had to struggle to catch up on all the background information/objectives, and I didn’t really feel like I had much ownership. As for the company itself, I felt like every department had an employee shortage. I would have appreciated if the company were more patient-oriented, rather than business-motivated too, but the culture was still good overall.

Advice

If you definitely plan to do multiple rotations at this company, I suggest you do your first term somewhere closer to manufacturing, such as in the Validation or possibly even manufacturing Quality Assurance. You won’t necessarily get to work closely with specific products like you do in Tech Services, but you will get more “floor time” and it will be easier to learn about all the different equipment and standard procedures at the site. Second, don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself and request to work (or not work) on specific projects, your co-op term can truly be whatever you make of it. Third, if you are interested in learning more about a department or specific role, prioritize meeting with relevant employees or asking if you can shadow them. I waited a bit too long, and then got too busy near the end of my term to learn as much about the company as much as I would have liked.
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Process Improvement Intern

June - August 2021 • Carlsbad, CA

What I liked

A lot of learning opportunities.

What I wish was different

It was remote, but a hybrid experience might have been better.

Advice

Learn as much as you can and ask questions!
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Metrology Co-op

July - December 2021 • Lexington, MA

What I liked

I loved the people that I worked with and the overall workplace environment and culture, and I really enjoyed what I worked on. There was a great variety of instruments and systems I got to calibrate and use.

What I wish was different

Wish I was just a freshman so I could drop out of college and start working there full-time like we all want me to!

Advice

Just be a good listener and don't be afraid to ask any questions!
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Supply Data Analyst Intern

February 2021 • Tewksbury, MA

What I liked

Very educational. I was frequently challenged to grow and learn new things during my internship.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been more in-person

Advice

Asking questions and being willing to grow is the greatest skill an intern can have
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Production

August 2019 - July 2020 • Logan, UT

What I liked

Good wage.

What I wish was different

More scheduling options.

Advice

Get the job if you can.
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Productions & Operations Intern

June - August 2020 • Lenexa, KS

What I liked

Everyone was very kind and easy to get along with

What I wish was different

Wish I could have started earlier

Advice

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Production tech

April - August 2020 • Logan, UT

What I liked

Lots of hours, Good salary, good company to work for, Good benefits package.

What I wish was different

Not Graveyard Hours

Advice

Don't Work 14 hour days. It will drain you faster than you think.
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Manufacturing Operator

May - August 2020 • Penfield, NY

What I liked

The job itself was simple, and as for the social aspect I enjoyed getting to know my coworkers.

What I wish was different

I worked the night shift, which was pretty understaffed. This caused some minor confusion and shuffling in daily assignments.

Advice

The night shift is not for everyone, and especially for long term (I was a summer contract worker). If you find the work fulfilling, you can find opportunities to make your career with the company.
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Sales Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • Logan, UT

What I liked

This was an inside look into the operations of a multi-national corporation. It is one thing to learn about these kinds of companies in books, but to see them in person is quite another. The levels of organization, the methods of communication, and the level of professional were astounding. An eye opening experience to say the least.

What I wish was different

It was a great team and a great environment to work in. I would not have changed a thing.

Advice

Learn as much as you can in the time you have to be with Thermo Fisher. There are great networking events to become a part and many great people who can mentor you for years to come. It is an experience, so do all that you can to experience all that you can.
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R&D Mechanical Engineer

June - September 2019 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

The work I was doing was making a positive impact on the health industry.

What I wish was different

More challenging work from the start. The on boarding process was slow.

Advice

Push yourself to network and talk to profess about the steps they took to get to where they are. Also ask for more work if you are not being challenged enough.
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Rockford, IL

What I liked

The ability to actually do hands on applications of the material I learn in some classes.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Communications Intern

June - September 2019 • Hillsboro, OR

What I liked

I was a hands on member of the team from day one. Not an observer or coffee fetcher.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more information on the company and what to expect before starting.

Advice

Talk to everyone. The people here genuinely want you to do well and succeed. People wanted to connect with me and give good advice.
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production

April - September 2019 • Logan, UT

What I liked

Nothing.

What I wish was different

Need more flexibility for students. Need to be more environmentally and socially responsible.

Advice

I would not work here if I was a student. The culture is not inviting or rewarding.
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Software Developer Intern

June - September 2019 • Carlsbad, CA

What I liked

Really great experience. Made an awesome web app.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed longer and kept working there.

Advice

The ability to learn new things quickly, especially languages is key. I hadn't used Javascript at all before the internship but I was able to pick it up pretty quickly and make the web app.
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Chemical Engineering Intern

January 2019 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

The multiple opportunities available.

What I wish was different

I wish I had different projects and was able to take on more responsibilities.

Advice

Always try something different and learn new things about the business, the job, and the people.
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Production handler

August - September 2019 • Petaluma, CA

What I liked

Friendly coworkers, decent pay, experience handling lab equiptment.

What I wish was different

Antistatic precautions

Advice

If you are able to do physical work and can follow instructions well you will succeed.
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