Summer Student Programme
Impactful Work Experience for University Students
The programme offers summer employment opportunities at various Pfizer sites in the UK, and is designed to help Pfizer businesses and teams accomplish real, impactful projects, while giving students engaging and meaningful work experience.
Departments across Pfizer can accept summer student workers, and Pfizer works to match students with the department or team that most closely matches their future career interests. During the summer, students can receive challenging work assignments, having the opportunity to collaborate with Pfizer colleagues at all levels of the organisation and experience Pfizer’s culture first-hand.
Summer workers are evaluated on the basis of their ability to match their current skills according to the job post and students will receive valuable feedback that can help them develop their skills and competencies. In most cases, student workers will be included in their team’s regular activities, including team meetings, working sessions, and meetings with internal and external stakeholders. Many student workers form long-term relationships with mentors, advisors, and peers.
The Summer Student Programme provides short-term student work to support Pfizer's business needs during the summer months. The programme seeks to add value to the business to accomplish departmental goals while offering practical and valuable business experience to the student participant. Successful candidates will be employed through Guidant Global as contractors.
How do I apply?
Applications for 2022 have now closed. Please look for future opportunities in March 2023.
How do I know if I'm eligible to apply?
In order to be eligible, you must:
- Be legally authorised to work in the U.K.
- Be at least 18 years of age prior to the scheduled start date
- Be currently enrolled at a UK University and completing a degree course
- Graduate students are not eligible to apply
When do the assignments begin and end?
Assignments may begin in July and last through September, depending on business needs and your availability.
What are the positions I can apply to?
Application forms MUST be submitted as part of the application process and you will be asked to select your areas of interest. The job categories provided on the application form only represent the types of positions; they are not the actual positions that may be available for placement. You may select more than one job category, however we ask that you select only the job categories that best represent your interests and qualifications. Eligible applicants will be considered for opportunities within the programme based on suitability to role, interests and experience as well as demonstrating a keen interest for a placement at Pfizer. Cover letters are encouraged but not required.
Areas of interest
Student Worker - Clinical Research
Students may have the opportunity to work with MDs & PhDs to learn the global clinical trial process, assisting with writing protocol, data analysis, meeting minutes, preparing for presentations, interacting with disease experts, vendors and study sites and etc.
Student Worker - Digital and IT
Students may support the design, development, deployment and/or support of cutting-edge systems and tools that are critical to our business. Examples of projects(s) may include: Application data clean-up, application testing, web application development, reports development, database development and project management. May include one or more of these experiences.
Student Worker - Finance
An intern within the Finance function may provide support for business unit financial initiatives. Project work could include areas such as budgeting, forecasting, and evaluation work. Students may have exposure/provide support in other areas such as pricing issues and risk management.
Student Worker - General Business
General Business interns may be involved in providing project management support for Pfizer businesses. Project work could include building capabilities of colleagues through the creation of training materials and supporting resources; conducting online research & competitive analysis, creating and organising relevant materials for business meetings; developing project management processes and approaches.
Student Worker - Science/R&D
Students support non-lab projects. Examples may include: virtual compound screening, patient advocacy, data management, imaging, non MD clinical study support, statistical support for preclinical studies, clinical pharmacology, 3-D drug modelling, and computer literature searches.
Student Worker – Human Resources
Human Resource interns may be involved in providing project management support for Pfizer businesses. HR Project work could include building capabilities of colleagues through the creation of training materials and supporting resources; Talent Acquisition, Global Recruiting Operations, creating and organising relevant materials Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; developing project management processes and approaches.
Student Worker - Legal
Legal operations interns may be involved in providing project management support for the Pfizer legal department. Project work could include building capabilities of colleagues through the creation of training materials and supporting resources; conducting online research & competitive analysis, creating and organising relevant materials for business meetings; developing project management processes and approaches.
Student Worker - Marketing
A marketing intern may provide project support in the local planning/execution for health fairs, local partnership events and regional conventions. Project work could also include the design of newsletter communications/content and research of digital/on-line innovative strategies to reach business goals for priority brands
Student Worker - Regulatory Affairs
A Regulatory Submissions intern may have the opportunity to work on regulatory submission milestones and maintaining compliance with applicable regulatory obligations. Position can also include exposure to industry regulations/quality standards and the technological aspects of submission management.
Student Worker - Manufacturing / Operations / Supply Chain Management
Students may support the organisation in inventory analysis, development of product, processes and systems flows, data gathering with the different markets involved in the projects as well as development of project plans
If I apply, when will I know if I am selected?
Given the highly competitive nature of the programme, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be placed. We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis; students are contacted if they are selected by managers for an interview. Interviews typically occur between April and mid-June. Applicants who are not selected for a position will be notified via email by mid-June. Communications are delivered to the email address you provide when you register. An Applicant Tracking System is utilised to issue these emails so, please be sure to check your inbox or spam folder frequently.
Where are assignments located?
For 2022, we envisage that placements are likely to be managed remotely, but should the opportunity arise for working on site, please indicate your preference for which site on the application form. If you are not located near either the Sandwich, Kent; Walton Oaks, Surrey; Hurley, Berks or Cambridge sites, please select ‘Remote working only’.