Industrial Placement Student - Research Scientist

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.
  • I assisted scientists with their research throughout the company. I collaborated with other AstraZeneca teams, including a team in Sweden, to discuss projects and learn from them. However, my key role was working on an independent project to establish a particular assay to assist early-stage drug discovery projects.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I have developed critical thinking, analytical and a variety of other practical research skills . This placement allowed me to develop a plethora of scientific techniques that will help me in my career as a research scientist.

  • 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?
  • Yes, I was given lots of responsibility as I was tasked with an independent research project. I had help from my supervisor and my immediate team when I needed it.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 4/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • I received lots of support and guidance during my internship and from a variety of people including; my immediate supervisor, team leader, members of my team and other members of the department.

  • 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?
  • The company had a very inclusive atmosphere. It was a very fast-paced environment with high expectations on work turnover.

  • 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?
  • 5/5

  • 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 made great friends from my team and I enjoyed the lab work I was completing. This is a company I would consider working for again!

  • 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
  • 3/5

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to AstraZeneca
  • At interview, explain your thinking when answering technical questions. Even if you get the answer wrong explain your train of thought as this will show the interviewer whether you were on the right lines. During the placement, do not be scared to ask for help from anyone! Everyone was super friendly and willing to help with almost any experiment.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


East of England

October 2021

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