Being an intern means many things - this is what it means at Roche

As a marketing undergraduate starting a placement year in a healthcare company, I found the team spirit at Roche is what makes working here so enjoyable. Initially, I was a little concerned that my lack of scientific knowledge could affect my ability to reach my full potential during this placement. In reality, I worked alongside experts willing to coach those early on in their career. Likewise, I found it rewarding that my fresh thinking was valued and I could actively contribute to the team’s success. Continuous learning is integral to everyone’s professional journey at Roche regardless of past experiences. 

A few snapshots of Danielle's internship at Roche

Our impact

The highlight of my placement at Roche was knowing that my contribution positively impacted patients. I saw this personally when my father had a heart attack. It was Roche’s tests that enabled his efficient diagnosis and treatment. I saw first-hand how Roche lives up to its goal of keeping patients at the heart of everything we do.

Throughout my placement, it was clear that everyone is bound by the determination of making a difference in delivering sustainable diagnostic tests and treatments to patients. When talking to other colleagues, it doesn’t take long to find someone who has benefitted from Roche’s innovations in healthcare provision. 

When devising new marketing campaigns, the teams consistently focus on the patient experience. I believe that’s what makes working at Roche stand out from other organisations. In fact, every 1.5 seconds a patient is assessed using a Roche test in the UK.

The place to Work

In addition to the above opportunities, I was encouraged to participate in activities relating to wellbeing and social responsibility. For example, I took part in a fundraising event for the British Heart Foundation by cycling from London to Brighton. As part of wellbeing initiatives, I joined colleagues in learning golf, paddleboarding and meditation. At Roche, participation in such activities is actively encouraged as a way to relax and build personal relationships.

Our culture

Roche’s culture of empowerment and personal accountability was key to the success of the placement scheme. I was able to challenge current business practices, suggest new ideas and experiment with new marketing strategies. There is also scope to volunteer for projects linked to your passion. In my case, I helped the HR team develop marketing material to promote Roche as a Top Employer in career events aimed at schools and universities. 

These varied projects broadened my overall understanding of business operations beyond my field of studies. It enabled me to improve my networking skills and consequently, consider the varied career paths within the business. I was impressed by everyone’s desire to involve me in activities and how valued my perspectives were. 

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