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Eli Lilly and Company

Finance Intern

June - August 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I like the supporting working environment and the great working ethic.

What I wish was different

Due to Covid-19, this is a virtual internship and I wished I had a chance to actually working in an office.

Advice

Be proactive, especially in a remote internship, and stay on top of your tasks!
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Marketing Intern

June - August 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

Meaningful Project

What I wish was different

More resources available for interns to complete projects. Manager had very high expectations and it was hard to meet them. Communication with manager was not good

Advice

Ask questions!
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Medicines Innovation Hub Intern

June - August 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I loved the company's enthusiasm about their interns. There were so many opportunities to network, despite the challenges of the pandemic, and every single person I met was so welcoming and interested in my passions and career goals. I got great in-person lab experience and had the opportunity to present my project and write a report at the end of the internship. Lilly took excellent care of their interns and provided high-quality housing accommodations close to the work site. I highly recommend considering this internship if you are interested in a career in research!

What I wish was different

I wish there had been an opportunity to spend more time working in the lab and meeting people in person, but it was not feasible with the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, I was still very impressed with Lilly's efforts to provide us with a valuable summer experience.

Advice

Networking and making connections with other scientists is so important. Take every opportunity given to you to connect with other interns and Lilly employees, and be sure to stay in touch with them after the internship, too.
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Chemistry Research Intern

May - August 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

The company environment was very welcoming and I learned a lot from my mentors and colleges in my cohort.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to see what the company operated like fully without the COVID restrictions. In addition to more social interactions with other employees in their different departments.

Advice

Be open minded and enjoy the experience.
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Pharmaceutical Sales Intern

July - August 2020 • Livonia, MI

What I liked

Incredibly supportive team (go Lansing!) and I felt supported, heard, and challenged all at once. The Sales team did not feel cutthroat at all, which was a concern of mine going in.

What I wish was different

Due to Covid this was an entirely online experience and we did miss out on real-world practical experience.

Advice

Be authentic! Of course, be professional, but this isn't a corporate job where I felt that I couldn't be myself.
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Manufacturing and Quality Science Intern

June - August 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

The employees were welcoming and helpful. Many great learning opportunities. I made many friends

What I wish was different

This internship was online due to the pandemic. I wish I had gotten to meet everyone in person

Advice

The more open you are to learn about the company and employees, the better an experience you will have.
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Research and Development Chemist

June - August 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

Good work environment. Good hours. Interesting people

What I wish was different

Location since Indianapolis is not the best place to be. I would have preferred a project hat better aligned with my interests.

Advice

Make sure you have a passion for the end goal of the work you are doing or you may not enjoy what you are doing in the moment.
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finance intern

June - August 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

The company offered a lot of resources

What I wish was different

I would’ve appreciated more feedback when asked

Advice

Give more and do your best even when leadership says you’re doing good.
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Computer Engineering Intern

June - July 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

The internship coordinators made sure that all engineering interns got to learn about multiple departments and facets of the company.

What I wish was different

Wish we could have worked in person, or at least visited the site in person.

Advice

Internships always need you to be flexible and ready to adapt, but especially so when the entire internship program was drastically changed.
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Data Analytics Intern

June - July 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I enjoyed my internship because it was remote, so I could work while spending time with my family at home. I also enjoyed that I had a project which had a direct impact on process improvement for the business function in which I interned. I had a lot of support from my project coach and supervisors, so I felt welcomed as an intern.

What I wish was different

I wish we had an opportunity to visit Lilly and get a tour of the facilities, but we were not able to do this due to the pandemic. I also wish I had met more of the other interns in other business functions.

Advice

Don't be afraid to apply for internships outside of your major/previous job experiences. I may not have been the most experienced person for this internship on paper, but with perseverance and collaboration, I was able to gain the respect of my supervisors and make a great project.
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Pharmaceutical sales intern

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Learned a lot about the business side to the company - was very invested in teaching their interns.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been a little more proactive in general meetings and networked with more people.

Advice

Put yourself out there and don’t be shy and learn as much as you can!!
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Information and Digital Solutions Intern

May - August 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I loved everything about my internship. I worked on a meaningful, challenging project that directly impacted the company and helped me to grow both technically and professionally. The networking aspect of the internship was also one of the best parts. I had over 100 individual conversations with people across the company allowing me to get a really strong idea about company culture and everyday work. Most importantly, Eli Lilly showed its value of integrity in honoring the internships (wage and length) even with the difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

What I wish was different

The internship ended up being virtual due to circumstances so that was the only thing I would have changed if I could.

Advice

If you want to work for Lilly, I recommend doing thorough research. Pharmaceuticals is a particular industry with its own unique array of challenges that you should familiarize yourself with before applying. That being said, within those challenges are huge opportunity for problem solving, so don't let that turn you away. I would also advise you to understand the Lilly culture and values because it is a part of all the work happening at there socially, professionally, and tactically. If you find yourself in alignment with those values, express that to them and give examples of ways that you demonstrate them in your personal and academic life.
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Data Analyst

June - August 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I liked how hard they worked to normalize the experience despite the circumstances

What I wish was different

I wish I got to meet my coworkers in person

Advice

Take full advantage of networking opportunities while at your internship
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Supply Chain Intern

June - July 2020 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I enjoyed the amount of opportunities that were provided to the interns! It was really easy to get involved!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Academic Contractor for Global Diversity & Inclusion Office

May 2019 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

This has been an extremely educational experience for me. I have learned so much about working in corporate America. This position is also unique because I wonder under an employee in Employee Communications on a Human Resources team, which has exposed me to two different (but both highly critical) departments of Lilly.

What I wish was different

I wish this position was paid with a salary rather than an hourly rate. This would have eliminated the pressure of having to put in more hours.

Advice

Build your network within Lilly. Everyone there wants to see interns succeed and eventually return to the company as full-time employees. Schedule 1:1's with as many people as you can from various departments. Attend events hosted by the Global Diversity & Inclusion Office and their Employee Resource Groups. Make the most of your experience here because it will pay off in the long-run.
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Sales Representative Intern

May - July 2019 • Jacksonville, FL

What I liked

I was able to do hands-on work in the field as if I was a full-time employee, this allowed me to see how I would be treated if I were to pursue a career with Eli Lilly. I enjoyed the people I worked with, the training in Indianapolis, and the benefits of a company car were very generous.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been told before-hand that you spend a lot of time alone in the car.

Advice

I would absolutely recommend this internship to any marketing or sales-interested undergraduate student. It opened my eyes to a lot of the downfalls of a field position that are not advertised through job descriptions. Since the pharmaceutical industry is so intensely regulated, I believe I will be prepared for a professional sales profession in pharmaceuticals or not but would highly recommend understanding how regulated it is before applying!
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Pharmaceutical Sales Intern

May - July 2019 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

The best thing about this internship that you make your own schedule. Also, company provides you with a company vehicle, iPad, and credit card for gas and lunch expenses. They will fly you over to Indianapolis for one week of training where you will meet all of the interns across the country. You have an opportunity to work on the team and make an impact on the customers. It gives you a chance to develop yourself and see if this job is a right fit for you.

What I wish was different

I wish this internship would less more than 10 weeks. I still had an amazing time. I enjoyed working as a sales intern. I saw how much I grew in the end on the internship in comparison to how I started.

Advice

The biggest advice I have is that when you start this internship make connections with everyone and try to make as many friends as you can. You will have an opportunity to meet CEO of the company during your training in the Indianapolis. This is your chance, take the most out of it, and make it the best for yourself. This internship is definitely for the passionate students who are outgoing and not afraid to meet new people.
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Procurement Sourcing Intern

May - July 2019 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I like the people and that I was given control over my project, but was also given guidance.

What I wish was different

I wish they had more locations available for corporate roles.

Advice

You should make sure to build your network while you're there.
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Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I loved the work life balance and the people I was working with. Everyone was very personable and wanted to excel at work while still respecting their personal life.

What I wish was different

A very small thing that could have been different I suppose would be Indianapolis. It is certainly a "small big city," so not for everyone. However, it was still a nice, lively city, just not to the scale of Chicago or New York.

Advice

Always remain curious! Employer love employees who are always seeking to learn, and there always is something to learn. Don't limit yourself because you feel comfortable.
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Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Intern

June - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I cannot say enough good things about this internship. My entire team along with the District manager were all readily available for support and guidance. If you are an outgoing person, this is the perfect internship for you because you cand spend the entire day talking to others. Lilly trains you exceptionally well from the moment that you start, and continue with aid until the end of the internship. I felt completely prepared and excited to go to work every day. Because I've been interested in the medical field for a while, this was the perfect intership.

What I wish was different

Advice

Use your team members as a source of advice! They're ALL willing to help and can truly help you succeed.
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