Internships at Novo Nordisk
Would you like to experience working for a global pharmaceutical company? And are you in your first or second year of studying for a Master’s degree?
Why become a Novo Nordisk intern?
Doing a full time internship at Novo Nordisk gives you 4 - 6 months’ of valuable, hands-on work experience with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. It is an opportunity for a unique learning experience and a chance to turn theories into practice. As an intern in Novo Nordisk you will be working with experienced colleagues from many different nationalities within various fields.
As a Novo Nordisk intern, you’ll be treated just like any other colleague in the business area you are working within. You’ll be given professional challenges and you will have the opportunity to work as a project member or even as a project lead on one or more projects. In short, you’ll be able to influence and develop valuable connections and useful references for your future career.
At Novo Nordisk, we view the internship opportunity as a great chance to get acquainted with competent professionals in different fields. If you are interested in working for a global pharmaceutical company - an internship with us could be a step in this direction.
Working at Novo Nordisk
The internships vary in length and scope but are all designed to give Master’s students a valuable learning experience. Moreover, the internship will provide you with real-life professional challenges of the pharmaceutical industry.
Interns receive a monthly salary and will be expected to assist colleagues in their daily tasks on existing projects. Tasks related to projects include doing various types of research, provide analysis, general input and views on our work routines. Interns can also potentially take ownership of their own projects.
The internships are aimed exclusively at students in their first or second year of studying for a Master’s degree. We welcome applications from students of all nationalities, study profiles and levels of experience. Please note that our corporate language is English, so proficiency in this language is a must. We expect you to be ambitious, flexible, willing to learn and able to adapt to a corporate environment.
The internships are offered in our various business areas such as:
- Global Stakeholder Engagement
- Business IT
- Product Supply
- Research & Development
Please note that internship positions are subject to business demands, as we want to offer our interns real professional challenges. All business areas may therefore not have openings at all times. Please note that some business areas offer more than one intern position.
Working at Novo Nordisk
Meet Mads Wöhlk
|Education:||Master’s degree in Corporate Communication and HR|
|Intern position:||Project Coordinator in People & Communications, Product Supply|
Theory in practice
During my internship my primary task was to support the Project Manager on a project called ‘Operating Coordinator’. The project included designing, testing and implementing a new role across all production teams in Product Supply. With my background in communication and HR, this was my dream of a project. My primary tasks included working with all aspects of the project from project management activities, to participate in the development of the communication for the entire project, to evaluate the overall project and to design the implementation plan and all materials and standards supporting it. My role in the project gave me the opportunity to test my theoretical knowledge in practice, to test myself in a very dynamic and international environment and to learn about project management.
Openness and respect
What I really appreciate about being an intern in Novo Nordisk is the openness and respect I have experienced from all of my colleagues and the fact that they are willing to invest a lot in you as an intern. Everyone was eager to share their knowledge and to include me in their work, which meant that I got the opportunity to know a lot of the processes in my department and to gain an invaluable network. Furthermore, what really represents Novo Nordisk’s culture, in my experience, is the respect for what you can do as a person, not being judged by your age and therefore maybe lack of experience. The trust in my abilities, my colleagues support and to be included from day one, really helped me to feel comfortable working with difficult and demanding tasks and helped me grow as a young professional.
It’s a two-way street
Personally I have learned that especially two factors are essential when working as an intern in Novo Nordisk. First of all, you need to be open – both towards the tasks you are given and to the colleagues around you. Secondly, approach every task with humility and respect, I think it is important to remember that you are there to contribute to your given assignment but equally to learn, which has always been a priority throughout my internship.
An internship in Novo Nordisk is a unique opportunity to show the company who you are, what you can do, and to build a strong network in a company where the possibilities are endless. It provided me with the knowledge and skills to develop personally and professionally.
I can only recommend you to take this opportunity!
Here you find answers to some of the frequently asked questions. Feel free to ask your personal questions on our Facebook page.
What is the purpose of the internship?
The purpose of the internship is to provide master students with the opportunity to gain valuable working experience and get to know Novo Nordisk. Moreover, the internship will provide students with real-life professional challenges of the pharmaceutical industry.
What do I need in order to be an intern?
In order to be eligible for an internship in Novo Nordisk you need to be enrolled in a full-time master degree programme in Denmark or abroad. Internships are only for Danish-based master students or international profiles willing to work in Denmark without accommodation help.
We welcome applications from students of all nationalities, study profiles and levels of experience. Please note that our corporate language is English, so proficiency in this language is a must. We expect you to be ambitious, flexible, willing to learn and able to adapt to a corporate environment.
In which departments in Novo Nordisk will interns be placed?
Internships are offered in various business areas such as:
- Global Stakeholder Engagement
- Business IT
- Marketing & Medical Affairs
- Engineering/Production/Product Supply
- Science/Research & Development
However, please note that the exact number of free positions will depend on the business need of the area. All business areas may therefore not have openings at all times or have more than one opening.
What is the length of an internship?
Novo Nordisk’s internships last between 4 to 6 months and cannot exceed 6 months.
What are the working hours?
As an intern in Novo Nordisk you will work 37 hours a week.
Salary and benefits
Is the internship paid?
Yes, the monthly salary is 8000 DKK, including pension.
Does Novo Nordisk cover living accommodations?
No, you will be responsible for your own living accommodations as an intern.
Does Novo Nordisk help with finding accommodations if moving from abroad?
No, interns coming from abroad will be responsible for finding their own accommodations.
How to apply for the Internship Programme
How can I apply?
You can apply online for an internship in Novo Nordisk through the 3 section on our corporate website, where all positions are displayed. Additionally, you will be able to find all the available internships openings on the internship page once they are made available (cf. below timeline).
When can I apply and when should I receive a response?
At Novo Nordisk we hire interns twice a year (Spring and Fall semester).
How should I write my internship application?
Make sure to carefully read the job description and explain why you are applying for the specific position within the Novo Nordisk Internship Programme. In addition to your cover letter/motivational letter, you should upload your CV and latest grade transcript through our online recruiting system.
Can I apply for more than one internship?
Yes, you can apply for more than one internship. However, you are only allowed to do one internship at Novo Nordisk.
What tasks and projects will I be involved in?
Tasks related to projects include doing various types of research, provide analysis, general input and views on our work routines. Interns can also potentially take ownership of their own projects.
How much travel activity can I expect?
It is very rare that interns go on business travels. However, in some business areas you may be invited for a business travel.
Can I continue with my study programme while doing the internship?
Novo Nordisk does not recommend that you keep up with your classes parallel to your internship, as it is a full-time position.
I am studying on my bachelor’s degree, what opportunities do I have?
Unfortunately, we don’t offer internships to bachelor students. However, we offer student assistant positions for students who are still in their Bachelor’s degree. You can find all of our available students positions on the “Available jobs” sections of our website.
Do I need to speak Danish in order to apply for the Internship Programme?
No. Our corporate language is English.
Can I expect a permanent position after the internship?
You are not guaranteed a permanent position. However, you get the opportunity to establish a network in Novo Nordisk which could be beneficial for future career opportunities. Novo Nordisk offers a variety of different career opportunities: Student Positions, Graduate Programme, as well as temporary and permanent positions. Find all open positions here: “Available jobs”.
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The application for Fall 2014 internships is closed.
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Novo Nordisk in brief
- More than 40.000 employees worldwide
- International production facilities in six countries
- Affiliates or offices in 75 countries
- Products marketed in 180 countries