Recruiting Timeline & Methods

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It is important to note that many biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms recruit outside the typical on campus recruiting timelines. Many of their internship and full time positions are recruited for in late Summer and early Fall. We encourage you to always look in Handshake for new postings, as well as company websites, for their open positions.

Examples of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Abbvie
  • Takeda
  • Fenwal
  • GE Healthcare
  • Medtronic
  • Siemens Medical Solutions
  • Genentech
  • Eli Lilly & Company

Key Things to Do to Prepare

Market yourself

  1. Make sure your resume is in a clear format and tailored to the job you are applying to. For some tips, please visit NCA’s resume building tips and set up an appointment with a career adviser.
  2. Have an online presence and be sure to monitor information that potential employers can see.
  3. Network! Ask your friends and people you know in the industry about biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies that are hiring. Have them refer you directly.
  4. Connect with Companies and Alums through LinkedIn. Try not to get lost in the job application black hole.
  5. Attend information sessions, conferences, and webinars to learn more about the industry and their opportunities.

Next Steps

  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni at biotech or pharma organizations to build your network and learn about their experiences
  • Become involved in relevant student groups to build your skillset
  • Research employer and industry resources to learn about trends