• 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 individual responsibilities include running reports, attending meetings, cross referencing information, making trackers and contacting vendor companies. I work from home but often alongside colleagues in the EU and USA to help keep these trackers updated. A lot of the information I gather is distributed in meetings or used to support site activities.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I've learnt a lot about excel and how useful trackers can be for keeping organised. I've definitely developed my communication skills, especially since I've been working in a professional, virtual environment with so many different time zones! I feel I also have a better understanding of how the pharmaceutical industry brings medicines from a clinical to a public health setting. Pfizer has a lot of opportunities for personal development and training.

  • 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
  • 4/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes. A lot of the information gathered during my daily tasks was distributed to a wider audience, and so needed to be up to date and accurate. A lot of colleagues also depended on me updating reports and filing minutes to know how to follow up with vendors and sites.

  • 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?
  • We initially spent 3 weeks "in training", but because a lot of it was non-specific we were thrown in the deep end a bit once we finished. There are a lot of systems to learn how to use, and, although people do their best to be available to help you, it's down to you to request your access and arrange for any access changes. It could sometimes feel overwhelming if you couldn't reach anyone.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 4/5

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


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • There is a sense of pride in working for Pfizer, and it is a very positive environment. The company does a lot to promote personal health and wellbeing as well as personal and professional development, and it's nice to hear colleagues talk openly about their families and hobbies outside of work.

  • 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?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I really enjoyed my placement; I fell into a pattern with my work, but even towards the end of my placement I was being offered opportunities for further development and more responsibility. I almost didn't want to go back to university! I've since asked to stay on an extra month, and am thinking about applying to the graduate programme.

  • 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 Pfizer
  • 5/5

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Pfizer
  • Sometimes it can be hard to tell from the job description exactly what you'll be asked to do, don't be afraid to ask in the interviews. Make sure you stand out in the assessment centre for the right reasons (encouraging others to speak, taking notes, organising ideas), and be genuine in your interview because they want to hear all about you - but most of all enjoy it!

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


East of England

May 2022

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