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Participant Info

Company
Sanofi Pasteur
Location
Toronto
Position
Cleaning Validations Intern
Work Term
May 2014 - June 2015
What are your daily responsibilities?
Different every day. I managed a lab (all water testing equipment and samples), I wrote study protocols and reports, I mapped some vaccine production processes, I executed studies in controlled manufacturing areas
What were some projects you were involved in?
Mapping processes from a cleaning validation perspective and performing a risk analysis on them. validating new equipment
What were strong points of your interview? Did grades matter?
They were very interested in my lab research and my teamwork / team leading and conflict resolution skills. They were looking for someone relatable, so when I relaxed towards the end of my interview, we were able to have a fun and genuine conversation. Grades did not matter,
Which skill sets/courses were most relevant to your position?
- team work and team leadership - conflict resolution - communication (verbal and written) - any lab skills - HACCP/risk assessment - authenticity and relatability
What did your company expect from you as a 2nd/3rd year co-op student?
Not much in terms of technical skills. To listen to and incorporate feedback. To be able to communicate effectively in all manners, to be able to deal with confrontational personalities. to deliver projects and tasks on time.
Did you like your overall PEY experience? Why or why not?
had its ups and downs. Its a slow learning curve, so it can be a little discouraging not to be working at full-speed from the start. Eventually, when you become familiar with what's required, you can take on so many more diverse and interesting tasks. Definitely teaches you to be patient and aware of what you know and what you don't know.
One fun fact about your job?
Best breakfasts ever!
Salary Range
~ 25 CAD per hr
Other Comments
- you're working with great people who actually care about immunization. - Its an experience that makes you stronger in terms of your communication and interpersonal skills