Data Science & AI

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 involves variety of tasks such as: Data acquisition, preparation, visualisation and analysis; Software Development & Maintenance; Applying key aspects of Computer Science to solve problems in biological contexts; Daily/Weekly discussions with colleagues; Cross-functional & Cross-departmental presentations;


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I learned an abundance of techniques to capture and visualise Big Data. I have substantially developed my analytical and problem-solving skills in real-world contexts. I also improved my interpersonal skills.

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • As I expanded on my skillset, I was progressively being given more responsible tasks over the course of my placement year. My line-manager was very supportive and motivational in those terms. The tasks I was given and performed were meaningful, impactful, appreciated and science/healthcare driven.

  • 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?
  • I received significant support from my line-manager throughout my placement year. He made sure to one-to-one meetings as often as needed to support, but to also drive my confidence and individual problem-solving capabilities. Some colleagues were also very helpful and excited to give more context on work problems. In contrast, I did not find other company sources to be very supportive or instructive. Some company systems were confusing and not explained in a user-friendly manner.

  • 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?
  • The company culture was very welcoming, work-inclusive, science-driven and excited. What felt incredible was that even though I was a placement student, everyone treated me as an equal and included me in impactful and meaningful projects.

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

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 4/5

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

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

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • My placement year was very fulfilling in a sense that I am confident the work I accomplished will have a positive impact on scientific research on cancer treatment. I could not have hoped for a more meaningful placement year!

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

  • 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
  • To begin with, I believe a very important step is to understand what YOU find motivating in the position you are applying for, but also to feel confident in YOUR OWN ability to pursue your goals and seek personal development. Both motivation and confidence can be supplemented by good problem-solving skills and knowledge in WIDE RANGE of subject areas related to the position you apply for. In the interviews, keep it interesting & personal.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Computer Science

East of England

October 2021

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