Industrial placement student

by AstraZeneca

Best Student Employer


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • Due to covid I worked partly from home, but still had the opportunity to plan and conduct experiments in the lab. I collaborated with other teams to gather the expertise I required for my personal lab project. I also carried out more routine work including assays commonly used by my team and was taught to use a range of different instruments


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I developed my lab skills including basic pipetting to taking appropriate measures to minimise risk of hazardous substances. I planned experiments from start to finish and gained confidence in presenting my data in team meetings

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 4/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • I was given more responsibility as time went on, i was able to conduct a specific assay independently after being taught it a few times. I also carried out my own experiments for my project and was involved in the decision making process for planning my experiments

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 3/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • My supervisor was highly supportive and willing to answer any questions. We had twice weekly meetings to catch up which were very useful. Scientists in other teams were also willing to help once I reached out to them

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Due to Covid the office and labs were generally quiet and there was a lack of community. I was the only placement student in my building so it was a bit lonely at times. But this is probably just due to covid

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I enjoyed gaining lab experience and learning things I would not have learnt during the limited lab time at university. I gained an insight into working in industry and how the organisation functions. It was good to be able to plan and carry out my own experiments

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at AstraZeneca
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend AstraZeneca to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to AstraZeneca
  • Research the company values and depending on the role, prepare for a technical interview as well as soft skills interview

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


East of England

October 2021

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