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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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Q&A about the GRC (Graduate Recruitment Centre)

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If you are reading this graduate blog post, you were likely invited for the Graduate Recruitment Centre (GRC) in Copenhagen next week – so first of all congratulations! You are in for a fun and intense day filled with group exercises, presentations and networking. This blog post is based on three questions I have received from a candidate participating at the GRC next week, so I hope the rest of you can use these answers as well.


1. How do I prepare my personal compass?

The personal compass is your opportunity to demonstrate to the assessors who you are as a person deep down. Use the presentation of your personal compass to tell the assessors your story and include personal elements you wouldn’t normally put in a CV or application. The aim for this exercise is to get to know you better and learn more about what drives and motivates you. A good advice is to prepare examples from your past experiences that demonstrate how you behave in specific situations. This is also highly relevant in the interviews many of you will have on Monday.


2. How do I make the best impression during the GRC?

It might sound a little lame, but you give the best impression by being yourself! You were chosen for a reason and you were chosen among a lot of talented people, so keep in mind that Novo Nordisk finds YOU interesting. To give the best possible impression, think about why you are interested in the pharmaceutical industry, Novo Nordisk as a company, and the graduate programme you applied for. A big and important part of the GRC is the group exercises where you engage in problem-solving tasks. Here you will be assessed on what role you take in the group, how you contribute to the group dynamics and how good a team-player you are. Don’t hesitate to take initiative, but do it in humble way where you make room for the other group members as well.


3. What was your personal impression of GRC last year? How did you like it? Was it stressful? Were there any social activities etc.?

My impression of the GRC last year was really good! I didn’t quite know what to expect, but was positively surprised by how great and fun the experience was. The schedule was definitely tight (even though we had two days), but I didn’t find it stressful. You will have breaks during the day where there is time to mingle and get to know the other candidates. In regards to social activities there is a dinner at night (which I assume you already know), where you are not assessed and can enjoy the nice atmosphere and food together with some of us current graduates and the assessors.



A picture from the GRC 2016

Let me know if you have comments or more questions and read Mathilde’s GRC tips right here.

I wish you the best of luck – don’t forget that you deserve to be there, so give everything you have, this is the only chance! I can recommend to watch some motivational TedTalks if you need a little extra energy.

I look forward to see you all the GRC!

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Graduate Recruitment Centre: the final sprint!

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The last hurdle is finally on the horizon: the Graduate Recruitment Centre (GRC)! First off, for those of you who have made it to this last stage, you should be extremely proud of yourselves. There were a lot of applicants this year across all the different programs, many of whom were highly qualified, so good job!

As I write this I am feeling a bit nostalgic because this time last year I myself was participating at the GRC as a Regulatory Affairs candidate and it was truly an amazing experience. In this post, I’d like to lessen some of the obscurity surrounding the GRC and give you a couple of tips.

  1. Be yourself. At this stage, your resume, cover letter, grades, and accomplishments take the backseat. The GRC is much more about who you are as an individual. It’s about your personality, your values, your goals, etc. The important thing to take away is that there is no point in faking who you are. Firstly, you don’t know what the assessors are looking for. Secondly, being yourself is the only way you can find out if this company and this programme are the right fit for you. Novo Nordisk doesn’t only seek to hire great candidates, but seeks to hire those that genuinely want to be part of the program and that will consequently get the most out of it.
  2. You are constantly being evaluated. One of the main purposes of the GRC is to see how you perform and react to challenges. There are personal interviews, but there are also a range of activities that you are thrown into. One thing you should prepare yourself for is that there will be assessors surrounding you all the time. The GRC is about evaluating the process just as much as it is about the final outcome of a specific activity or task.
  3. Your expertise is not as important as you think. Some of the tasks will be outside of your area of expertise / education but don’t let this get to you. It is not about who knows the most about Regulatory Affairs. It is about who can navigate and solve problems, how do you interact with others to achieve a certain goal, how do you respond to uncertainty?
  4. Don’t get too caught up in a poor performance. I distinctly remember doing badly in a task and having a moment where I thought “that’s it, I’m never getting this job”. But if there’s one thing that all the current graduates have in common it’s that we decided to put that internal voice aside and move on to the next task. At the end of the day, you are human and the assessors aren’t looking for someone who doesn’t make mistakes, because everyone does. If you feel you’ve disappointed yourself in a particular task, use it as an opportunity to prove that you can soldier on and ace the next one.
  5. All the candidates are very sharp. One of the first things I noticed (and that scared me!) at the GRC was how smart, cool, and qualified the other candidates were. There’s a reason they are all there. But it is important to keep in mind that you made it there too. What is also crucial to remember is that while the GRC is still a competition, I can guarantee that attempting to bring others down will not get you the job. In my year, the 12 candidates got along exceedingly well. Yes, we had all tried to convince the assessors that we were the right ones for the job, but we had supported each other and learnt from one another in the process. It was amazing to meet so many bright people and it is important that you appreciate being part of this unique experience while you are there.
  6. Relax and have fun. I can’t stress this enough, and I think it ties in to all of my previous points. You’ve made it this far and you should be very proud. It is going to be a long day and so the best way to survive the GRC is to live in the moment.

I wish you all the best of luck. Carpe diem!


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Time to apply – who are we looking for?

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The deadline for applying for one of the graduate programmes is closing in – you have to send in your application here no later than 12 February 2017. I can imagine that many of you who are considering applying for one of the graduate programmes have thoughts about what type of people Novo Nordisk is looking for. So to clarify this, I will briefly go through the formal qualifications needed to apply, but also the profile and characteristics we hope to find and how you can implement this in your application.

Formal qualifications needed to apply:

  • A Master’s degree from 2016 or 2017 in a relevant field (depending on which programme you apply for, but it could be economics, international business, public health, marketing or similar).
  • Above average academic achievements.
  • A minimum of 6 months of relevant work experience or extracurricular activities.
  • International experience from working, studying or volunteering.
  • Professional fluency in English.
  • The right mind-set with a can-do attitude, high ambitions and excellent interpersonal skills.

The graduate profile we are looking for is characterised by being:

  • Driven – You have to know why you want to work for Novo Nordisk and why you want to be part of the graduate programme.
  • A team player – You should be able to work well in teams and have a humble attitude. Great work is not done by one person alone, but in a team, so we expect you to have a team player mind-set.
  • Proactive – You have to be ready to take initiative and show enthusiasm. We need people who are proactive and not sitting around waiting for someone else to do something.
  • Ready for change – You will be put through three different rotations (read more about the rotations in European Market Access here), so we want someone who can adapt and enjoys change.
  • Result oriented – You have to be able to deliver results and be a high achiever. We are looking for talents who knows what they want and who can deliver great results.

A good way of demonstrating that you possess these characteristics is by giving concrete examples! This applies to both your cover letter, but also in interviews. Examples are great because your previous behaviour in job situations is the best indicator of your future behaviour. The examples shouldn’t be too long, so don’t explain all the details. Instead you should emphasize your role, who was involved and what the results were. And most importantly – what did you learn from it? Remember that the best example may not necessarily be one where you achieved the best result, but where you played a major role and your great competencies were expressed clearly. If you are lucky, it might be the same example.

So, use examples in your online application (including the 1-minute video) to show who you are and why Novo Nordisk should hire you for a graduate position. Read other good tips and tricks for the application process here and here. I wish you the best of luck with your application and feel free to leave a comment or a question below!

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The video.

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Creating a video to accompany your traditional CV would be a great way to stand out from the crowd. So, do not fear the video, the video is your friend!

The video was actually my favourite part of the application. It really gives you a chance to put a human touch on your application package and provide more insights into what you can offer. Yes, the video can be challenging. Depending on the person, one minute can seem like either way too little or way too much time. Here are a few tips to nail your video:

Look good, feel good, play good. The quality of the video isn’t tied to just that one minute in front of the camera – it also matters how you prepare. Clean up and rest up so that you feel at your best! Like I said, your video can show things about yourself that can’t be captured on a cover letter and CV!

Don’t repeat yourself. This helps us make sure you’re not a robot. Try not to repeat exactly what can be read from your cover letter and CV for the whole minute. Sure you can refer to a couple of relevant aspects, but make sure to tie them to yourself as a person. For example, I spoke more about my experience moving from Canada to the US and how it sparked my interest in the way the relationship between the public and private sectors impact patient access to treatment (personal), ultimately pushing me to study Public Policy & Global Health (on CV).

The most repetitive advice of the day – be YOU. It really doesn’t get simpler than this. Make sure to reflect on who you are as a person – what makes you a unique fit for Novo Nordisk, specifically – and show it in your video. A sense of authenticity can definitely be captured over a video, so make sure to show that.

These tips should set you well on your way to making a video that George Lucas would be proud of! If you are still on the stage of your cover letter, check out some advice from Albert here.

The deadline is Feb 12th for most programmes, so get applying!

All the best,


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Déjà vu! Giving Your Application a Purpose and a Voice

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Are you having that weird feeling between excitement and dread that accompanies an application process to that prestigious programme you have been eyeing for some time now? Are you incessantly searching for some quick tips to make your application standout from the rest? Will you be eagerly checking your e-mails from time to time for some communication from the programme post application process – yes, even the “automated system generated” responses? If all these are true to an extent, then I can draw two conclusions – (a) You are super excited about this job; (b) The emotions look all familiar to me in hindsight and I can help you here;

Back in early 2015, I have gone through this gamut of emotions, and I realise today that most of them stemmed from uncertainty and my apprehensions about the role and workplace that I am getting into. Through this post I will share with one of the key ingredients that you could be missing out while you are preparing and working on your CV, Cover Letter and the Video. This ingredient, or its lack thereof, may well impact the quality of all the three (i.e. your CV, Cover Letter and the Video). Remember that these three uploads, will essentially represent you and all that you stand for in the first round. Hence it is important to pay heed to the content of your application. In all these three, you should project what you stand for and why you want to join Novo Nordisk. So how do you bring this element of purpose and give your application a voice?

Your step by step guide to researching a company throughout your application process

Step 1: Know the company and what they are looking for in you?

NN LogosThe best way to convince yourself that you know the company well is to be able to articulate what makes it special compared to its competitors. And yes, a little bit of its history. The good news? Companies will often tell you the answer to this question right on their websites. Do figure out the vision of the company and try answering how your experience could contribute to that effect or where you could possibly fit in the scheme of things. The “About Us” section is good place to start this research. Based on the programme you are applying, you should have a clear train of thought as to how this programme will essentially help you develop and enable you to contribute to the company’s success. And the best place to showcase this understanding of yours is in your cover letter and of course in your short video.

Step 2: Know the company’s sustainability

The new generation workforce is fast starting to realise that a company’s financial performance is not the only thing that will make them attractive but whether a company is viable and sustainable over a longer time frame. And how to know thTBLis? Social consciousness is becoming a critical aspect of today’s organisations, driven by an expectation of environmental responsibility in addition to the financial one. Think triple bottom line; people, planet, profit. For example, Novo Nordisk seeks to broaden the focus on the financial bottom line by its business to include social and environmental responsibilities. What do you think of this? Be prepared.

Step 3: Observe and participate in Community Interactions

In this era of social media, community interaction is an essential source of knowledge. Blog sites as these, Company’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter profiles – are just few prominent ones to follow the updates on. This will give you a lot of confidence when you are applying and even during the post application – pre-interview phase.

Step 4: Learn about the Company Culture

Understanding the corporate culture you are getting into will go a long way in identifying yourself with the organisation. As a student we often look at how strong a company’s financials are and how big a brand it has. There can be absolutely no doubt as to how strong the brand of Novo Nordisk is and its strong financials are a testimony to the positive market sentiments around it. But there is one more thing I have realized as an insider that makes Novo Nordisk an organisation with a truly “sustainable competitive advantage”: The Novo Nordisk culture! It mainly manifests itself in the form of an internal governance framework that reflects the ambition of the company, the direction of the company and the values and behaviours that the employees have to exhibit throughout the organisation. We call it the Novo Nordisk Way. It is good to know a little bit about it while you are applying. Graduate blogs and stories are another great way to feel this culture.

Step 5: Read Up on the Field and Competitors

Last but not the least; don’t forget to understand the business the company is in. For example, Novo Nordisk is the world leader in Diabetes Care. When it comes to the competitors, look up competitors by going to the LinkedIn company page and scrolling down to the “Other Companies People Viewed” section. There should be a few competitors there. Do the same thing with the competitors you find until you have a pretty good sense of who the big players in the field are. These are very simple ways to prepare and feel confident about your preparation.

After all this research, you’ll probably be deliberating, “So, what do I do with all this information?” Remember that your objective is to convince that you truly want to be a part of this company. Merely expressing enthusiasm will not be enough and you need to corroborate the same with your knowledge. Once you are aware of these, you will be better poised to give the final touches to your application and your sense of purpose will be stronger than many in the same race.

If you would like to know more about the graduate programmes on offer, please visit the link below: More on the Graduate Programmes

Wish you the very best!

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Cover letter and video: who are you?

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Hi everyone! Today I would like to talk about the more individual/personal part of your application, which includes both the cover letter and video.

I have been getting a lot of comments and emails about both of these things so I would like to go into what is expected from you and give you some advice to help make your application stronger.

  1. Cover letter

A basic cover letter should highlight the credentials, achievements and experiences that make you a good fit for the job you are applying for. That being said, a cover letter should never just be a regurgitation of your CV. It needs to persuade the employer of something. A cover letter should also include your reason for applying to that particular job. A lot of people have asked me questions along the lines of “What can I do to make my cover letter stand out?” There is no single answer to this. There are many successful cover letters out there that are strong or convincing yet completely different from one another. The bottom line is it needs to be your own creation; your cover letter should represent you, so there is no sense in telling someone exactly how to write theirs.

  1. Video

The video should be 1 minute long and not any longer. There is a reason why it is short, and it is specifically so that you don’t simply read your CV or cover letter at 1000 words/s. The video can really be whatever you want it to be. If you have a creative side, here is your time to show it. However, this doesn’t mean that if it isn’t a work of art, you will not be considered. It should be used as a tool to demonstrate your personality, so that those evaluating your application can get a feel for what type of person you are. As a general piece of advice, if you are going to put the effort into making a video in the first place, be professional. If you are a very laid-back, go-with-the-flow type of person, that’s perfectly fine, but your video shouldn’t look lazy.


What I really want you to take away from this post is that there is no sense in being anyone other than yourself. This programme aims to find someone that is aligned with the company’s goals and who appears to be a good fit for the company culture and environment. This is not only for Novo Nordisk’s benefit but for your own sake. Why would you want to work somewhere that isn’t a good fit for you? For this reason, it is important to let yourself and your real-life goals shine through in these two parts of the application.

Applications are now open here and remember the deadline is Feb. 12th 2017!

Good luck :)


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What does a Regulatory Affairs graduate do?

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What does an RA graduate do from day to day? What I can tell you right off the bat is that there is no “typical day” in RA. Although you might have a long-term goal, you are in constant communication with different departments and will have a number of small, daily tasks, threading throughout a bigger project, which makes it a continuously changing job.

With the help of my grad colleagues, I have put together small summaries of each our daily lives in our respective RA departments.

Mathilde: RA Clinical – Biopharm
I work in Biopharm, which handles all non-diabetes or obesity medication. Specifically, I work on a Haemophilia product and a Growth Hormone product. For the former, I am working on ensuring that everything that has occurred in a paediatric clinical trial is reported to EMA, which involves reviewing clinical trial protocols and identifying any deviations from previous binding agreements. For the latter, I am doing a Labelling Update. This is a process that occurs once a year and involves reviewing product information for a drug that is already on the market, and checking whether or not anything needs to be updated. Both of these tasks are enjoyable, as I am given the opportunity to deal with clinical data, which suits my scientific background.

Nat: RA CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control) – Modern and Human Insulins
We receive daily emails from our many internal stakeholders (e.g. quality control, microbiology labs, production sites, global affiliates). These emails usually provide me with a few, short-term, day to day tasks (which can take 1 – 14 days to complete). The challenge comes when I try to fit these smaller tasks into my long term projects, which can take 2 weeks to 3 months to complete. An example of a long term project could be the submission of a life-cycle management change to EMA. Over roughly 3 months and working closely with multiple stakeholders, I will have to discuss the scope and strategy of the change, agree on timelines, review documentation, and finally compile/submit the submission.

Line: RA Devices
Here is an overview of some of the tasks I have had so far:
-Compiling, quality checking and proofreading/reviewing the device section of a drug’s submission documentation
-Preparation of a technical file (device specific documentation) for review by a notified body (Assessors of Medical Devices accredited by health authorities from an EU member state) and delivery of this file to Birmingham
-Process optimization in the area of Devices
-Mapping and streamlining of processes for Medical Devices used in clinical trials

Caroline: RA Clinical – Modern and Human Insulins
I work with insulin products that are already on the market and are responsible for the regulatory clinical aspect of the products. We have licenses world-wide and we ensure that these are continuously updated when new knowledge or new regulatory requirements need to be implemented.

As you can see, there are a number of different tasks that a regulatory professional can do, and these barely scratch the surface! To be entirely honest, I had very limited knowledge of what RA was before I started the programme and it can be a difficult department to explain. A lot of it makes much more sense in context, and I am still learning every day.

Next week, I will be posting about what is expected from a cover letter and video! For now, feel free to check out the RA Graduate Programme website!


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Is a graduate position the only option?

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The answer to that question, is of course no! There are many ways to kick-start your career in Novo Nordisk. Novo Nordisk is a global leader within diabetes care, and to continue our business success we need to attract young, qualified people, including students and recently graduated talents. In this blog post, I will take you through some of the many opportunities within Novo Nordisk. Below you will find three sections, based on your graduation timeframe, which will make it easier for you to find the most relevant information. As I imagine that a lot of you reading this blog are students, I will focus a little extra on the student opportunities in Novo Nordisk and base it on my own experience back when I was a Public Health student.


Graduated in 2016 or 2017? Apply for a graduate position!

If you graduated in 2016 or will graduate this year, you can apply for a graduate position. As you probably already know, the Novo Nordisk graduate programme is a talent programme for recently graduated master students. In 2017 we offer 30 global graduate positions within Research & Development, Finance & Procurement, and Marketing, Business & HR. Within these three categories, you can choose between 11 different programmes, including both a Global and a European market access track. As I wrote in my last blog post, I am part of the European Market Access programme, which is a new programme covering an extremely exciting area of the business. The market access environment is becoming increasingly challenging and therefore it will become more and more important.

You can read a lot more about the graduate programmes in the posts on this blog or find more information on the website here. Apply from 20 January 2017 until 12 February 2017 by completing the online application and by providing a 1-minute video of yourself explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the position. Keep an eye out for blog posts in the near future touching upon the application process or read some of the older posts, like this one or this one.


Graduated in 2015 or earlier? Apply for a full-time position!

A graduate position is a unique and amazing opportunity, but it is not the only way to get your life-changing career going. Novo Nordisk is a big and successful company with more than 40,000 employees in over 75 countries. So, naturally a lot of interesting positions are available within various areas. Novo Nordisk believes in making a difference to both patients and society, but we also believe that it is crucial to grow and develop employees in order to make such a difference. Therefore, by joining Novo Nordisk – in any full-time position – you will experience a strong focus on personal and professional development. For example, you might encounter the talent and leadership development programme, and you will definitely come across the individual development plan, which includes both short-term and long-term goals for your career. So, if you don’t see a track in the graduate programmes that speaks to your professional interest or if you are graduating outside of the timeframe, there are still plenty of exciting job opportunities! You can see all available positions here and sign up for the email job agent here.


Don’t have a master degree yet? Apply for one the many student opportunities!

If you are a student and will graduate in 2018 or later, you still have the possibility to get to know Novo Nordisk better. Novo Nordisk is very interested in getting to know the talents of tomorrow, including students taking the first step on their career path. For that reason, Novo Nordisk offers internships, student assistant jobs and even has a yearly case competition called Innovation in Action. While I was a Public Health student, I participated in the case competition and I had an Internship for six months working full-time.

Innovation in Action is a unique opportunity to show your talent, test your problem solving skills, and network with other students and employees from Novo Nordisk, including people from top management. The case competition is an intense one-day event where students are challenged to work together and present their solution to a real and highly relevant case. The case competition is relevant for master students from all academic backgrounds, nationalities and universities. In order to be selected, you must demonstrate that you are a team-player and that you have a creative and innovative mind-set.

I participated in Innovation in Action in the fall of 2015, where the case asked us to come up with an innovative approach to how Novo Nordisk can contribute to improving the education of healthcare professionals on obesity and on its treatment options. Participating in Innovation in Action was my first encounter with Novo Nordisk, and I was happy to confirm my positive view of the company. I had a great experience and my fantastic team even ended up winning the case competition!


Innovation in Action 2015


Novo Nordisk offers a lot of different internships and they are a great way for master students to get valuable, hands-on work experience. It is an opportunity for a unique learning experience and a chance to turn theory into practice. To work as a Novo Nordisk intern, you are expected to be ambitious and willing to learn. So, if you are eager to start a life-changing career in Novo Nordisk, like I was, read more about internships here and find the available positions here.

I started an internship in Cities Changing Diabetes and became even more excited about working for Novo Nordisk. The Cities Changing Diabetes programme is Novo Nordisk’s response to the urgent challenge caused by the dramatic rise of urban diabetes. This was the perfect match for a Public Health enthusiast like me, especially because I got to work with research and evidence generation both quantitatively and qualitatively. I learned a lot and took so many positive experiences with me into the graduate programme – I can highly recommend spending six months on an internship, if you want to get a feeling of how it is to work in one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.


To tie a bow on my student experiences with Novo Nordisk, I had the opportunity to come up with the case for Innovation in Action 2016, where the challenges with urban diabetes in Shanghai (part of the Cities Changing Diabetes programme) became the topic. Furthermore, I facilitated a Danish group and the winning group from the US, who was invited to Denmark to present to Novo Nordisk’s top management together with the winning group from Denmark. This was a great experience, having been in the students’ shoes just one year before.


I hope you found this overview of the many possibilities in Novo Nordisk valuable and please reach out by writing a comment if you have any questions or comments.

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A detailed overview of the application requirements

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If you read my previous post ”Life as a Regulatory Affairs graduate”, you may have a general idea of what RA is and if this programme is something you are interested in applying for. But how do you know if you possess the right qualifications? The first step would be to look at the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme site and the Graduate Programme Application site.

I also thought it would be useful to go through each application requirement step by step in order to give you a better sense of what the RA graduate programme is looking for.

  1. A master’s degree or PhD from 2016 or 2017 in a natural science, for example within pharmacy, chemical engineering, biology, biotechnology or a related field. As a general rule, if your graduate degree falls under the umbrella of an MSc (Master of Science) you should be eligible. However, there are always exceptions to this rule. Basically, the RA programme is looking for someone with a strong science background who is accustomed to scientific language and data, and who is primarily a scientist by training. That being said, there are always fields or degrees that straddle the eligibility line so if you are really unsure, please feel free to ask. Applicants must also be recent MSc or PhD graduates, having graduated approximately less than a year before the application deadline ie. on or around February 16th 2016.
  2. A minimum of 6 months international experience from working, studying or voluntary work. It is preferable that you have at least 6 months of experience abroad, but no one is going to tally up the exact amount of time down to the day either. What is most important is that you’ve shown a tendency or have a history of venturing outside your home country. Have you learnt anything from your exposure to different cultures or work environments and demonstrated an ability to adapt to change? Did you relish these experiences? It’s great to see that you have done a degree abroad but if you didn’t enjoy this aspect of it, it might not be the programme for you. You will be working in Denmark for 16 months, elsewhere abroad for 8 months, and interacting with global RA affiliates. Being comfortable with different work cultures is crucial.
  3. Relevant work experience (no more than 1 year) or extracurricular activities. Relevant work experience does not mean you need to have RA experience; it encompasses either work, volunteer, or extracurricular experience in a field related to your study or even outside of it so long as it is evidence of professional and personal growth. In keeping with (1), you should have less than one year’s work experience, since you will have graduated within one year of the application deadline. This work experience does not include the total amount of work experience before beginning your Master’s degree however. For example, if you worked over the summer during your undergraduate degree or took a year off between your BSc and MSc, this is fine.
  4. Above average academic achievements. This speaks for itself. The programme looks for bright, enthusiastic, and committed individuals. These qualities should be reflected in your grades. We specifically look at the latest available transcript, whether that is from your most recently completed degree or the one you are currently completing.
  5. Professional fluency in English. You must be comfortable in English both oral and written. If you are a non-native speaker, you will likely either possess a degree or have held a job wherein English proficiency was required. There is absolutely no discriminating with regards to native and non-native speakers however! This is an international programme and diversity is what we strive for!

I hope this has given you a better understanding of what we are looking for and whether or not you are qualified for this position. Please remember, these criteria are not only meant for the programme to find the best candidates but also to ensure that you are going to get the most out of this experience. Look forward to my next two posts, which will address what a typical day in RA looks like and advice on the cover letter and video.


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