Meet Pratir D.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a recent graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. I have had work experiences in Marketing and Public Relations, Event Coordination, Translational Research, Data- Based Research, Quality Assurance, and Business Development. I love dancing, singing (shrieking, really) in my car, swimming, travelling, and hanging out with my friends. In the future, I would love to be able to stay in the biotechnology industry on the business side and utilize my knowledge and skills from my previous experiences to help develop a company portfolio that ultimately allows for better healthcare opportunities for an individual.
What is your current position and what do you do?
I am currently the Business Development Intern in the Integration and Alliance Management team working on preparing Roche Sequencing Solutions for their upcoming corporate internal audit. In my position, I have to contact and acquire documentation from a variety of functions, including Legal, IT, HR, Finance, and Business Development and from all of our most recent acquisitions. Additionally, I am working on setting up a webpage for the Best Practices of Integration template for all future Roche Sequencing acquisitions. This webpage will be used by all stakeholders during an integration of a new partnership in order for efficiency.
In which Roche location are you currently working? What can you tell us about that location as a work environment?
Currently I am working at Roche Sequencing Solutions in Pleasanton, California. The people here at Roche are extremely intelligent and some of the nicest and most supportive people I’ve ever met. Additionally, the employees at Roche really value a collaborative environment where everyone is extremely open to new ideas from anyone.
How would you describe your internship?
My internship has been a mixture of gaining Business Development experience and networking and focusing on career growth. The internship program and the employees have really been very supportive to help me in my career growth. Additionally, the work hard-play hard atmosphere of the internship has definitely allowed me to do valuable work while making amazing friends here.
What do you like best about your experience so far?
The best part of my experience so far has to be the people I work with. Everyone here is extremely intelligent and friendly that I have no qualms about asking for help at any time. Additionally, the interns I work for are phenomenal, as they really exemplify the Roche values every day in their work. I feel as though every day I am here, I learn more and more skills from all of my fellow colleagues and managers that I will use in every aspect of my life.
What advice would you give future students who want to join us?
I would tell future students to apply for what they are passionate about. Roche has such an enriching culture that you will get so much more than just job experience here. You will have the opportunity to make connections with lifelong mentors and colleagues that are all extremely helpful and really value helping you grow your career.