Financial Internal Audit Intern

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.
  • My role was as parts of the Internal Audit Services team. On a day-to-day basis, I would assist my manager with the various tasks she gave me, notably I did some FCF control testings for the Kuala Lumpur GFS audit, I also worked on the risk scoring tool for next year's anual audit plan and did sustainability related research.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I have learnt many skills in audit and finance throughout this internship, as I notably recieved training in audit and finance when I started the internship through coaching by my manager and linkedin learning courses.

  • 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?
  • 3/5

  • 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 a decent amount of responsibility in my placement and had a lot of freedom to design projects the way I wanted. I was able to test controls and decide for myself whether these controls were effective or not, with just a potential review by my manager afterwards. I was also tasked with presenting our internship to the senior members of the IAS team, and this amount of responsibility was very rewarding.

  • 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?
  • I received a huge amount of support, despite the internship being online! My manager would call me every day to make sure everything was ok, I also received guidance from many other members of the team. I would usually have 2 or 3 online zooms every day, either work/projected related or to discuss the other AstraZeneca's job. I felt very supported and it was never weird or awkward to ask for help if I needed it.

  • 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?
  • I really enjoyed the AZ company culture and general atmosphere. During my first week there I was introduced to the core values of AstraZeneca, aswell as their objectives as a firm. It was great discovering this, and I really realised the values of AZ were constantly reminded to me throughout all the presentations I saw or people I spoke to. From my first interview to my end of internship presentation, the people I worked with reminded me of them. The culture of AZ generally is amazing, you can feel it is a modern firm that is trying to build pharmaceutical drugs in a sustainable and honnest way.

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

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

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

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 2/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I really enjoyed my placement and internship at AZ, I feel like everything was done so I would have the greatest experience possible, despite the complications covid brought. I really liked the culture and how nice the people were, but also the work I did.

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

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

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at AstraZeneca
  • 3/5

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to AstraZeneca
  • I would advise them not to stick to the traditional expectations of a pharmaceutical firm when applying. I that way, I encourage them to be themselves and be original during their application process or interview. I really felt from my experience and from talking to various individuals that AstraZeneca value determined, smart individuals who don't necessarily have the right skills for the job. I did audit while studying geography, and I think AZ likes diverse profiles so I would advise this in priority to a friend.

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Internship (1-4 Months)


East Midlands

October 2021

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