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Participant Info

Sanofi Pasteur
Technologist Intern
Work Term
May 2011 - September 2012
What are your daily responsibilities?
I worked in a vaccine production facility, more specifically the Upstream area where the bacteria is cultivated. Production was one of the main responsibilities alongside administrative work that is involved in batch production record keeping and review.
What were some projects you were involved in?
During my internship, I was able to run experiments on small-scale 2L fermentors that replicate the production scale 2000L fermentors. I was also involved in 5S organizational work and validation/qualification projects as well.
What were strong points of your interview? Did grades matter?
At this point of your academic education, the only things employers can really base their initial opinion of you on paper is based on your grades and extracurricular involvement. Although grades do come into question in every application, I strongly believe that your involvement outside of the classroom and the way you uphold yourself in public is a much stronger statement about your character. Lesson to be learned: improve on your people skills, learn how to small-talk and be able to present yourself in a professional yet relatable way.
Which skill sets/courses were most relevant to your position?
What did your company expect from you as a 2nd/3rd year co-op student?
With only 16 months on the job, my supervisors really pushed us (interns) to keep learning as much as we can as soon as we can. Never become complacent.
Did you like your overall PEY experience? Why or why not?
I overall PEY experience was great!
One fun fact about your job?
1g of one of the antigens we produce gives the company a $5M profit after-market
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