Summer 2016

Summer is always an interesting time for college students because there are so many different things that you can do. You can intern at a company, take classes, study abroad or even intern abroad. The choices are endless, but it is a great time to explore your chosen career path and gain some experience. This summer I have decided to take two classes at Boston University so that I am closer to home, and I will be volunteering and shadowing at hospitals. I am a pre-med Bioengineering major, which is why I will be spending my summer shadowing doctors and seeing what it is like to interact with patients. I also interviewed a couple of Bioengineering majors and to see what they are doing this summer. Julianne Kerwood is interning at Glaxosmithkline in the bio-pharmaceutical marketing and production sector. This program lasts about 8 to 12 weeks and she will be immersed in the organization gaining a lot of great hands-on experience. For those of you who don’t know, Glaxosmithkline is a healthcare company that manufactures vaccines, medicines, and consumer healthcare products. They have over 11,000 people working in research and development, which is almost unheard of in other organizations. In March of 2015 they acquired Novartis’s vaccines business (excluding influenza vaccines) and combined the two Consumer Healthcare businesses to create a new company. Glaxosmithkline is definitely a great place for bioengineers to gain industry experience. Another student, Emily Krulik, will be working in a lab over the summer doing research. She is not sure exactly what she is working on yet, but is really excited. I have noticed that it is a lot more difficult to get an internship as a sophomore and I think the biggest reason is that sophomores have not taken as many higher level engineering classes, and companies are looking for potential hires and sophomores still have two more years of school. Most sophomores I know are doing other things like studying abroad or research instead of interning for a company. china-accuses-glaxosmithkline-of-enormous-and-elaborate-bribery-network


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