Meet Paola from the Roche Internship programme in Global External Quality (RiQEx)
Hi! I am Paola and I work for the External Quality Team at Roche in Basel. I have always been interested in chemistry and healthcare and I wanted to get some workplace experience before starting my Master’s degree, so having the opportunity to do an internship at Roche in the vibrant city of Basel was a considerable privilege.
After completing my bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and business administration at the University of Fribourg, an unpretentious and lively city in western Switzerland, I was ready to immerse myself in the German-speaking part of my beautiful country.
My current position in the Global Material Quality Team is fulfilling, thanks to the varied tasks that I am involved in. In fact, my day-to-day activities revolve around supporting different team members. I have also been working on my own project, which includes tasks like contacting suppliers, researching relevant information on databases and discussing with colleagues about the most appropriate approaches to implementing specification documents.
Compared to my experience at university, science at Roche is more rewarding and stimulating. At university, we were used to understanding and learning theoretical lessons, with the only purpose being to pass exams. At Roche, everything we learn feels important and serves to find solutions in order to improve processes. There is a lot of cross-functional collaboration, which is, in my opinion, the key to a well-organised and goal oriented company.
The Roche Internship in External Quality helps me to develop because I feel fully integrated in the group, with different team members asking me to support them in one of their tasks or others giving me small personal projects to work on. Some tasks can be quite challenging and require more research in order to find optimal solutions, which is very enjoyable. Moreover, this internship allows me to learn about different career paths that I would not have considered before. In fact, people are always willing to share insights about their experience at Roche, their daily work and their departmental role.
To people who are interested in the Roche Internship in External Quality I would recommend to apply without hesitation and be curious about the knowledge you can acquire. This position is the first internship I have completed and I can say with pride that I have learned a lot. An internship in External Quality will definitely be beneficial, especially if you want to find out more about how a healthcare company works and about collaborations across different Roche sites or with suppliers.