Last summer, senior Biotechnology Major Fohang Mou interned in the marketing department at Roche Diagnostics.
Roche Indy is the North American headquarters of the world’s largest biotech company. More than 4,000 people work together on the Indianapolis campus to provide insights that help people around the world manage and improve personal health conditions. The company leads the industry in the development of diagnostics products for cancer, cardiac health, infectious diseases, women’s health and in diabetes management.
Fuhang got to see the ins and outs of a Fortune 500 company, including the intricacies of a variety of business functions, industry regulations, and processes.
“I was assigned some projects at the beginning of the summer,” Fuhang said. “My primary project was to redesign the on-site customer visit program and the other was an audit of marketing materials.”
By attending workshops, networking events, and accepting feedback, Fuhang was able to discover more about himself and an industry he has been academically invested in. He also had weekly check-ins with his internship supervisor, meetings with mentors, professional and personal development workshops and intern activities.
“I learned a great deal about myself this summer. I grew from the feedback of my intern leader and mentors,” he said. “I learned that a career path can be very winding and that there is more than one way to reach one’s goals. I met great friends each with different career ambitions and interests.”
As an intern, Fuhang was able to learn skills that will serve him beyond his remaining time as an IU student. Positively receiving and applying feedback, networking with others, and being able to absorb information well are life-long skills that can come through coursework foundation, but are built up through practice.
Fuhang attributes having a good experience to interning at an organization where his opinion is valued and he’s treated as an equal.
“Interns are just as much a part of the team as any permanent employee. Interns should not be afraid to speak up and contribute to projects and initiatives,” he said. “It is important to understand that an intern’s perspective is so valuable because they are able to bring and consider new perspectives. People are very willing to help you learn. Be sure to be very proactive and engaged.”