In her internship as a program specialist at Covance, senior biotechnology major Amrit Garcha worked as a facilitator to ensure insurance companies were acting in patients’ best interests, and to make sure patients were receiving medications.
Amrit enjoyed meeting and working with people from different backgrounds than herself because it prompted her to learn about their experiences.
“Don’t be afraid to talk to people and reach out to other departments to learn more,” Amrit said. “Many co-workers will want you to excel and will pass their wisdom onto you, so soak up all you can.”
With her cohort of interns, Amrit lead a philanthropic initiative for the Ronald McDonald House. The group raised over $1,500 and donated blankets for patients at Riley Children’s Hospital.
This was a super rewarding experience for her. She encourages others to take full advantage of their internships, especially at bigger companies, because internships can teach a lot of life skills.
Amrit said she learned to be independent.
“In school, we have professors to direct us where we need to go,” she said. At work things were different when I faced difficulty, I had to try to figure it out on my own and go to my supervisor as a last resort.”
Working at Covance and in the pharmaceutical industry was similar to a big group project, she thought because multiple departments need to work together to make a drug come to market.
“In an industry focused on healthcare, the details are a major concern,” Amrit said.