Process Engineering Placement Student

by AstraZeneca

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  • 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.
  • Planning and running lab based process engineering experiments. Summer placement student so also learnt about different areas within the business.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Planning + Running experiments Presenting findings Team work Roles of engineers in pharmaceutical industry Lab training

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

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • 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
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Lots of responsibility. I was given the outline of a project and aims but then was able to take charge of the project. The equipment I used was brand new so I was the expert in this by the time I left. Part of what I had to do was write a user guide for the equipment so my knowledge wasn’t lost after departure.

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

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • Had a supervisor assigned to me. Weekly meetings with supervisor and team manager. Everyone was very happy to take time out of their day to help with whatever you needed.

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

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


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Very friendly atmosphere. Difficult to get a full grasp of this, however, as COVID restrictions were still in place.

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

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • 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 it a lot. It was an area of chemical engineering I never knew existed before so I found it eye opening. The work was flexible as well so you could work from home if you had no lab work to do and get in/leave (within reason) when you liked. This made it a very stress free experience.

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

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

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at AstraZeneca
  • 4/5

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to AstraZeneca
  • Be prepared for a week of lots of reading through training stuff at the beginning! Ask people for help, they’re always happy to. Ask to see different parts of the business and to shadow people to get the most of it. Don’t be afraid to say if you think you’ve been given too much to do, they just want you to enjoy it.

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Chemical Engineering

North West

October 2021

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