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Roche from the perspective of an intern – an exciting and extraordinary time

When I applied at Roche, I did not know what would await me here in Basel except a global company with a great reputation. I had an amazing time that was much better than I had hoped for. Therefore, I am happy to share what I learned about Roche during my internship.

 

Hi, my name is Niklas and I am studying pharmaceutical sciences at the Westfaelische Wilhelms-University in Muenster, Germany. During my master’s degree programme, I wanted to gain insights into a global pharmaceutical company, as I would like to work in the pharmaceutical sector after I graduate. Since I already gained scientific research experience during an internship in France, I decided to explore new fields by applying for an internship position in the Quality Unit of Roche. Therefore, my time at Roche actually started six months before joining the “Roche Internship in Synthetic Molecules (RiSM)” programme. After finishing my first internship, I wanted to refocus on practical laboratory work, so I took the opportunity to apply for the RiSM programme, which offers many insights into state-of-the-art research and development. I am currently in the Analytical Research & Development department and responsible for a project that involves an analytical method development.

Compared to my experience at university, science at Roche is more varied and diverse since research is divided into processes with many different steps. Thus, every scientific topic has a highly specialised team to refer to in case of any problems or questions. Finally, science at Roche is more goal-orientated and precisely focused on the needs of patients.

The RiSM programme helps me to develop because of all the different, engaged colleagues I work with and meet at Roche. Besides improving my functional working skills, I can also benefit from their shared experience and knowledge to develop personally. In addition, the work on my project helps me to organise myself better in a complex working environment.

Only those who are willing to explore new paths are rewarded with new experiences.

Our impact

The aim of my work is to shorten the time of the analytical method development process so that drug substances can be made available for clinical trials as soon as possible. Moreover, the streamlined process benefits my colleagues by freeing up resources for other projects.

 

The place to Work

I really enjoy working at Roche because you are seen as an equal and your voice matters. In addition to that, supervision is great and includes periodic personal meetings with my boss or colleagues. What I appreciate the most is the very well-organised internal network, which makes it easy to make new friends and offers the opportunity to gain cross-functional insights into the work that other interns do. Finally, I can benefit from flexible vacation planning to explore the amazing country of Switzerland.

 

Our culture 

In our team, we have a culture of open communication and collegiality. Whenever I have questions or need any support, I can always ask my colleagues for help. In my experience at Roche, interactions are always based on respect and kindness. In addition, the company has a flat hierarchy that makes it easy to meet a variety of people, say, by having a cup of coffee together.

Interested in the Roche Internship in Synthetic Molecules (RiSM) programme? Click here for more information.

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