#NDSUintern Spotlight Blog

Intern: Divya Sharma

Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Company: AstraZeneca

Location of Internship: Waltham, MA

Internship Title: Co-op/Intern

  • Why did you choose the company that you work for?
    • AstraZeneca is a well-known pharmaceutical industry carrying out innovative and patient oriented research. The project they were offering was relevant with my doctoral research project and I was interested in learning more about the techniques that could be used in this project while gaining valuable industrial work experience.
  • What were some of the requirements for your internship? 
    • For the position, first I was interviewed on technical information regarding the project I was going to be working on, by three of the scientists in the AstraZeneca Early Product Development Formulations Research and Development team in a thorough telephone conversation. During the internship I independently worked on the research project assigned. I formulated and optimized subcutaneously injectable extended release formulations for supporting pharmacokinetic studies of small molecules in preclinical animal models. I developed methods for studying in vitro release, analysis, and drug loading tailored to polymer/drug properties using QBD approach. Moreover, I was required to present my work during weekly project update meetings and during monthly global team meetings. I also participated in the AZ 2019 summer intern-poster presentation session.
  • What is your favorite part about your internship experience?
    • My favorite part was getting acquainted with pharmaceutical industry work culture, specific attention to detail, getting trained on pharmaceutical equipment and also the experience of working within an interdisciplinary team.
  • What is the most challenging part of your internship? How have you overcome these obstacles? 
    • Most challenging part was to manage multiple experiments in the limited period of the internship, to deliver through a complete well-rounded research project.
  • How did you find your internship?
    • Through my own self-guided research
  • Why was it beneficial for you to register your internship for credit through the Internship Program?
    • I could be enrolled in my graduate program while gaining the internship research experience.
  • What advice would you give a student who is in the process of applying to an internship?
    • Apply for positions relevant with your experience. Also, don’t get disheartened with negative decisions and keep applying for the positions you find interesting.

By Alli Goossens
Alli Goossens Assistant Director, Internship Program