Meet Marco from the Roche Internship programme
in Global External Quality
Hi, I am Marco and I work for the Global Material Quality team at Roche. I am located in Basel, but my colleagues are spread over different Roche sites around the world. During my master’s studies in biotechnology, I decided to take this internship opportunity to explore and learn more about working in an industrial context at one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
After I completed my bachelor’s degree in chemistry, I started studying for my master’s degree in biotechnology at the ETH Zurich. I was eager to get an insight into how it is to work at a pharmaceutical company and to actually help deliver drugs to patients all over the world. This is why I decided to start this internship as part of the Global External Quality programme (RiQEx).
My responsibilities include working with different stakeholders inside and outside of Roche to set up specification documents for chemicals and biological materials used in the process of drug manufacturing.
Compared to my experience at university, science at Roche is…
…closer to the actual patients, to which the drugs and products are delivered. You learn how to overcome challenges that occur while working with these products and you can see the impact that your daily work has.
The Global External Quality programme (RiQEx) helps me to develop because…
…it teaches me how to coordinate with different stakeholders to achieve the best quality for the materials used at Roche. Additionally, it is a global internship and I learn how to collaborate with my team members that are located in different countries. Every team member encourages me to work independently on my different tasks and I am fully integrated into the workflow, which gives me a great feeling of support and trust from the team.
To people who are interested in the Global External Quality programme I would recommend to…
…take advantage of this great internship opportunity to be part of a global team at one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world and learn valuable skills that will definitely be beneficial for your future career.