Loved being part of such a huge and welcoming department, especially in the heart of London where there was lots to be doing. Intern group became a little family who I don't want to leave. Also really enjoyed visiting hospital sites and interacting with clinical staff.
I felt very valued and the department did not make me feel like an "intern", they were always concerned at how we were enjoying the year. Also gave us lots of responsbility which really did make me feel valued and trusted.
My CRM was very supportive with weekly calls to discuss any issues, we also had an intern manager devoted to ensuring the programme was running smoothly for us and Jo did a brilliant job of this. The mentor scheme in place is really useful as you always have someone on the other end of jabber to help you if you need. The online resources the company have are brilliant as well.
It could have been slighly more balanced, but I understand this variability isn't really controllable and all is dependent upon status of trials involved in and other department tasks which had urgency. However, most weeks I would say the work load was very well balanced and I was never bored at all.
I was actually really surprised by the amount I was given by my CRM, this really helped drive my motivation to get out of my comfort zone and really push myself. I would advise to say yes as much as possiboe and you will definitely be allowed to take on extra.
Just the experience in industry alone helped me to decide what role I aspire to go into, and along with this learnt a lot about the clinical trial process and in particular how to monitor oncology (immuntheraoy trials) which is really an area I am looking to get into as a clinical scientist in an NHS setting.
ALways lots of socials and a very happy vibe in the office, always lots of banter and fun but also never too much to be a pain. Just right, it was exciting to come into work
Definitely invested a lot of time and effort into us interns and growing our ability as CRA's by visiting clinical sites and training us for this. Also they put a huge amount if effort into our personal development by various workshops and experiences most companies would not offer. e.g volnteering and shadowing departaments and presenatations and mid year reviews etc
I have loved my year at MSD and would 100% come back to company, however I wish to do some post grad study before coming back to the pharma world. If the space was there at the company I would for sure fill it when the time is right.
Yes lots of socials, made some really amazing friends all the way through the year
London living so as you can expect, eating and drinking anywhere is pretty costly so make the most of free food and drinks whenever you can ahaha.
Yes if you got yourself out there and involved in initiatives like NGN, yoga sessions and nights out
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Administration/Secretarial, Biology, Pharmaceutical
28th August 2020