Analytical 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.
  • Team meetings, work in the lab (sample preparation, analysis, etc...), data processing, writing up, prepare presentations for meetings


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I had plenty of opportunities to further develop both my technical skills and in-depth knowledge in a various range of analytical techniques. I also developed soft skills such as problem-solving, time management, written and spoken communication and extended my proficiency as a scientist by presenting my work to other scientist and wider teams.

  • 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?
  • 5/5

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

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


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • After a thorough 2 months training programme, I was given a lot of responsabilities: method development and validation for example.

  • 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?
  • Everyone iseally busy but always ready to help. I had bi-weekly meetings with my supervisor and minthly meetings with my line manager.

  • 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?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Inclusivity and diversity are crucial in AstraZeneca's culture. People are warm welcoming, very friendly and always happy to help.

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

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

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 4/5

  • 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 was given very good opportunities to learn and develop new skills. I extend my proficiency as a scientist. I was truly considered as a fully integrated member of the team and not just a student. My work was valued and I was able to make great contributions to multiple projects.

  • 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
  • 5/5

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to AstraZeneca
  • Include your motivations and the detail as to why you think that you are a good match for the role. Prepare your interview: technical and values interview.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


North West

October 2021

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