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Calling all master’s students!

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As I wrote in one of my previous graduate blog posts, the graduate programme is not the only option for a life-changing career in Novo Nordisk! If you are studying for a master’s degree and are eager to get started with your career, I can highly recommend applying for one of Novo Nordisk’s more than 100 internships. An internship can be a great way to test your skills and knowledge, but also an opportunity to develop and challenge yourself.

I started my Novo Nordisk career as an intern in the Cities Changing Diabetes team last year, and found that it was a good chance to figure out whether working in Novo Nordisk was something for me. Novo Nordisk takes its interns seriously, and you will have the opportunity to contribute on equal terms, so be ready for a challenge. My six months as an intern was a true learning experience and I had the chance to both use the skills I had achieved from university, but to a large extent also develop new and different capabilities that I could never have gotten from studying. In my case, coming from a public health background, increasing my business understanding was a key learning. I can highly recommend spending six months on an internship at Novo Nordisk, if you want to get a feeling of how it is to work in one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

However, you only get something out of an internship if you put some effort in it. To get the most out of your stay, here four tips for maximising the benefit of your internship:

  1. Have a clear goal: Before you start your internship it is important that you consider what you actually want to get out of it. What would you like to learn and what are your expectations? It is also a good idea to think about where you can contribute to the company!
  2. Be curious: To learn as much as possible, you have to be motivated and curious of what is going on – ask questions, participate in as many different meetings as possible and reach out to people.
  3. It is okay to make mistakes: An internship is a learning journey and no one expects that you can deliver from day 1, which also means that you have to be open to and ask for feedback during your stay.
  4. Be social: Make sure that you talk to all the interesting people you meet and network as much as possible. Participate whenever there is a social event and see it as an opportunity to get to know people who might be able to help you later on in your career.

Novo Nordisk offers around 100 internship positions in all areas of the business, ranging from marketing, finance & economics, research & development, engineering and IT. The internships vary in length (from 4-6 months) and scope but are all designed to give master’s students a valuable learning experience. The application period for the majority of the fall internship positions is from now to 14 May 2017.

See all the internships positions right here and read more about internships in Novo Nordisk here.

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6 Comments to Calling all master’s students!

  1. Posted May 4, 2017 at 11:43 pm | Permalink
    M.Naeem Ullah Khan says:

    Hello there,

    I am interested, How can i apply for the business internship program?

    Looking forward to hearing you.

    Thank you
    Naeem

  2. Posted May 5, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink
    Shehleeza Imdad says:

    Thank you Ma’am for sharing such a helpful informatory blog. I am student of MSc EU Regulatory Affairs at Danube University Krems-Austria and I have also applied for internship at Novo Nordisk. Hope I will also get this commendable opportunity and it will lead me towards successful career. Thank you

  3. Posted May 5, 2017 at 10:30 am | Permalink
    Anne Anne says:

    Dear Naeem,

    Thank you for your comment. You can find the different internships here: http://www.novonordisk.com/careers/graduates-students-and-trainees/students/internships.html
    When you find an internship that fits you, there is a link in the descriptions of the position you can follow to send your application.

    I hope this helps. Best of luck!

    Best regards,
    Anne

  4. Posted May 5, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink
    Anne Anne says:

    You are very welcome, I am happy you found it helpful!

    I wish you the best of luck with your application process.

    Best,
    Anne

  5. Posted May 5, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink
    Shehleeza Imdad says:

    Kindly let me know about Denmark work permit, I applied for Internships but I do not have work permit. When should I apply for Denmark work permit? After Internship confirmation or with Application?

    Kindly help me in this matter. I visited Denmark embassy today they said you can apply now.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

  6. Posted May 8, 2017 at 9:46 am | Permalink
    Anne Anne says:

    Thank you very much for your interest in our internship programme. You should not start applying for a Danish work permit before you have an agreement on a job offer from a hiring manager. The process of applying for a Danish work permit cannot be initiated before you have a signed employment contract. Acquiring a Danish work permit typically takes between 2-3 months, so it should be possible to obtain a work permit in time if the internship begins in August or September.

    Best,
    Anne

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