The Internship Experience
Thermo Fisher Scientific is a global leading life science company with brands covering research, diagnostic and other fields in serving science.
My role is Marketing Intern for the Genetic Science Division at Thermo Fisher Inc. I have two main projects for my internship. The first is to assess the potential market size for our second generation sequencing system in agriculture. The second is to assess the market size for our qPCR system in diagnostic applications. During the assessing process, I use the tools I’ve learned from class at the Rady School to perform customer segmentation, make assumptions to do scenario analysis and design surveys to better understand customers’ needs.
The working environment here is great for learning, especially in developing different skills and gaining global business experience because it’s a well-established organization with almost all the functional divisions you can possibly think of. I’m very glad that I get the opportunity to do my internship at Thermo Fisher. After completing the internship, I hope to acquire the ability to independently conduct market research and coordinate different divisions to construct a marketing strategy.
Utilizing Rady School Graduate Careers Resources
It can be harder for international students to get a marketing position in the U.S. because we may not be as familiar with the U.S. market as domestic students. However, I was able to land my summer internship due to my educational background in biology, past working experience at a venture capital firm conducting market research for biotechnology and by utilizing the resources that Rady School Graduate Careers offers students.
During my internship search process, Terra and Rosilynn from Rady School Graduate Careers provided me with great advice as well as help collecting company information, searching for positions and referring me to potential recruiters. They also helped me better prepare for the different stages of the application process including resume and cover letter suggestions, conducting a mock interview with me and teaching me how to follow up after interview. The career related panels at the Rady School also help me build connections with industry members and alumni.
So far, I’ve gotten precious experience from my internship and I’m glad I can apply what I’ve learned in class at the Rady School to my professional work. I strongly suggest a summer internship for every MBA student. My advice? Don’t give up (even if you can’t find an internship before the end of the spring quarter) because some of my classmates found their internships during summer. Finding a summer internship is a tough process, but definitely worth it.
Chad Lin (’16) is a Full-Time MBA candidate at the Rady School of Management. He is currently interning as a Marketing Intern at Thermo Fisher Scientific.