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West’s Global 2016 Internship Program has, once again, quickly come to a close. This year a group of over 40 interns, chosen from a pool of 1,156 applicants, provided a wealth of knowledge, new perspectives, and unique strengths and skill sets to the business. Interns were placed at our West locations around the globe.
West’s internships give students the opportunity to delve into a wide array of disciplines and projects. These interns work alongside our industry experts and tackle projects where they have the potential to make an impact on West’s future, while increasing their own business acumen.
Priyansha Chadha, our Scottsdale facility’s Lean intern, ran a metrology staffing analysis enabling our QA team to plan for the next five years. Our Exton facility’s Analytical Lab Services interns, Keenan Pearson and Samantha Sholes, used preparative gas chromatography to test the purity of samples which will help prepare West for stricter FDA regulation guidelines. Finally, our Israel facility’s intern, Evyatar Ofir, had the chance to work on the implementation of West’s Product Lifecycle Management System.
“My time at West taught me how the design and manufacturing elements for pharmaceutical packaging and delivery systems and science come together to create a comprehensive solution,” said Exton’s Analytical Laboratory intern, Keenan Pearson. “I am excited to apply what I learned from my internship at West to my future educational and professional endeavors.”
Employees were especially impressed with the engagement from this year’s team of interns. It was evident that they gained an appreciation of West’s collaborative corporate culture, built confidence in their ability to communicate with all levels of the business, and established a concrete understanding of West’s role in the pharmaceutical industry. The 2016 interns demonstrated great proficiency in working on complex, biotechnical and biosimilar data analysis projects, strategic marketing research, and development of scientific methodology.
“We are grateful for the contributions that all of this year’s interns brought to West,” said Annette Favorite, Sr. VP and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We benefitted from their diverse skill sets and insight into important ongoing and new Company projects. We hope that this program has allowed them to expand upon what they are learning in the classroom to better prepare them for the world of work.”
Learn more about West’s Ambassador Internship Program here.