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Pfizer, Inc.

Advanced Customer Engagement Intern

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

What I learned from this experience is that I like to work in a project-based internship (long-term, more control over the process) rather than task-based internship (a different subject/topic task every day).
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Human Resources Intern

June - August 2019 • Dalian, Liaoning

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

It's a great experience exploring my career options.
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Safety Intern

June - August 2021 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The culture was really great, and I felt supported through my internship.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been in person.

Advice

Make the most of the summer student worker events! They had some very helpful information and experiences.
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Engineering, maintenance, and utilities coop

January - August 2021 • Andover, MA

What I liked

I liked the atmosphere and the people the company employed.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more guidance throughout the experience.

Advice

I would say that giving everything more time to settle down would be a very good idea. It is very stressful to overthink every small detail.
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Global Supply Summer Intern

June - August 2021 • Myrtle Point, OR

What I liked

I liked the team and really enjoyed how welcoming everyone was. Throughout the experience, I was really grateful for all of the help that was offered to me. I felt as if this made networking really accessible to everyone, from interns all the way up to senior directors. I also really enjoyed some of the projects I was assigned to work on. I believe they resonated with some of my passions surrounding tackling inequities that exist in the world today.

What I wish was different

There were a few portions of the onboarding process that I wish had been different. Aside from that, the only thing I would have wanted is to speak with my manager about getting more projects to make my mark on such a large company.

Advice

One piece of advice I would share about this experience is to never shy away from tackling big projects. This is especially relevant to projects that aren't necessarily assigned to you as an intern, which shows that you are eager to put your best foot forward in all your endeavors. I am really thankful I stepped out of my comfort zone to work on exciting projects that were bigger than just me and the work my team had been doing to learn more about the issues facing humanity. These problems are only up to future generations to solve!
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Summer Student Worker

May - August 2021 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The workshops/seminars

What I wish was different

It was a remote program, I wish it had been in person.

Advice

Do it!
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Integrated Manufacturing Excellence Intern

June - August 2021 • Andover, MA

What I liked

Great team, and very interesting company. Everyone was so helpful and great to work with. Highly recommend.

What I wish was different

Advice

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PGS Summer Intern

June - August 2021 • Groton, CT

What I liked

I liked how everyone treated me like I was already a Pfizer employee. I was assigned meaningful, challenging tasks. The Pfizer Summer Student Program is very organized and you get to network with leadership.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Supply Chain Intern

June - September 2021 • Collegeville, PA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

To always go for the opportunity! When I had applied for the position, I initially was hesitant and didn't want to apply because I had assumed that the opportunity required interns to be in-person. I was grateful that I took the leap and did the interview where I did find out that the opportunity was a remote internship, which fit my schedule perfectly.
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Quantitative Finance Intern

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Structure, teamwork, projects, networking

What I wish was different

In person rather than online

Advice

Always stay on top of everything! Ask questions!
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Associate Process Engineer/Scientist Co-op

June 2020 • Andover, MA

What I liked

I got to participate in tech transfer meetings and get experience working with quality tracking systems.

What I wish was different

I of course would have loved to experience the internship in person, and I feel like this would've helped me to better integrate into the team.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions!
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Environment, Health and Safety Intern

June - August 2020 • Groton, CT

What I liked

The remote internship program was very interactive, with many Webinars and informational sessions scheduled to connect interns with one another and help them learn more about the company.

What I wish was different

I wish that there were other interns working in the department I was located in, as it would have been nice to speak with other interns on a daily basis to get second opinions of how to approach key project deliverables.

Advice

Some advice I would share is to keep consistent communication with your manager throughout the course of the internship. This is key to efficient progress throughout your assignments and to maintain an effective professional relationship.
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Bioinformatics Intern

May - August 2020 • Boulder, CO

What I liked

Lots of opportunities to learn, good balance of support and autonomy, opportunity to work on real problems and make an impact, a lot of faith in my work

What I wish was different

I wish there were more opportunities to network or meet more people in the company

Advice

Advocate for what you want to be doing - they'll listen.
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Marketing Technologies Analytics Analyst

June - August 2020 • Collegeville, PA

What I liked

Great exposure to marketing with a mammoth, global company

What I wish was different

Improved communication

Advice

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Information Management Intern

June - August 2020 • Groton, CT

What I liked

The managers were very knowledgeable and provided great guidance throughout the process. All the employees were very intelligent, but very humble and patience with the interns like myself. This allowed me to grasp everything with ease and then make a true impact on the company in a matter of my my 10 week internship.

What I wish was different

With the virus I would've like more intern activities to engage all the interns to get to know each other, but it is also hard given the pandemic is still in place and virtual events will never be up to par as real in person interaction.

Advice

I would tell any student to ask as many questions as possible and meet as many people as possible everyone is kind, engaging, and definitely willing to talk with you and share their knowledge.
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Communications Intern

June - August 2020 • Groton, CT

What I liked

I enjoyed the group I was placed in and the work we did for the company. Our job was to prepare and send mass emails to the entire department and company, which is very important to daily operations. I liked the trust my team put in me to complete my assignments without micro managing me.

What I wish was different

The internship was completely online, so I did not get the full office experience. I wish I could've gone into the office and interacted with my coworkers and supervisors.

Advice

Ask questions, network, and work hard. Asking questions shows you care and want to learn and the answer will clarify your confusion. Networking is beneficial in so many ways and can give you connections that will last a long time and open doors in the future. A hard work ethic is great in any job, especially an internship where you are trying to prove yourself. You can teach someone with a hard work ethic how to do a job, but you can't teach someone with the right skills a great work ethic.
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Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Kalamazoo, MI

What I liked

Good mentoring

What I wish was different

Virtual format was hard

Advice

Utilize network opportunities
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Database Administration Intern

May - August 2018 • Chesterfield, MO

What I liked

The people, the experience, and all the learning opportunities.

What I wish was different

More lab work.

Advice

Go for it! Super great place to work for, and if you have an idea about what you want, they'll absolutely work with you to make it happen.
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Communications Project Assistant

May - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I did the job through the Pfizer Student Workers program through Atrium staffing. They provided a lot of events for interns to go to talks, meet up for fun events, and learn about the business. That was nice, in addition to the day-to-day work that I did. As far as the aforementioned day-to-day work went, my manager was exceedingly kind and not at all patronizing—I never had to grab people coffee! The work I did, while not as essential as mixing life-saving drugs, was never treated as petty work. I gained a lot of experience with formal workplace interactions (writing emails, interviewing colleagues, going to meetings), which I am very grateful for

What I wish was different

I mentioned the events for the student workers, but I didn’t attend any. Additionally, I didn’t work with any students in my area so it was a bit isolated, though that was on me.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to try jobs in areas that you don’t have an immense passion for. It doesn’t have to be on track with what you want to do in order to give you learning experiences. I know what it’s like to work in a New York office, and this familiarity has helped me grow confidence. Also, don’t be afraid to be social; it’s essential for networking, but more importantly (in my view) it makes the experience a lot more enriching and fun.
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Communications and Project Associate

May - August 2019 • Andover, MA

What I liked

I loved being in a large company with a structured program for their interns, co-ops and summer workers. I felt like a part of a team, did meaningful work, presented in front of colleagues and enjoyed some large company benefits such as attending a Red Sox game! Additionally, I was able to shadow positions all around the site, exposing me to all the different aspects of a biotech company.

What I wish was different

I wish that my specific role catered more towards my biology major, as my work surrounded business and manufacturing, which I had less experience in.

Advice

Network and explore! Even though your internship may put you in one department, many companies embrace your curiosity and will let you shadow people all around the site.
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