Meet Our People - Linus Sng
Internship June 2018 | Manufacturing Engineer June 2020
What drew you to Bristol Myers Squibb when you were seeking an internship?
One of my lecturers was from the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT). He told us how Bristol Myers Squibb had just invested $1bn in Ireland on their new biologics manufacturing plant. My interest in the biopharma sector grew and, two-and-a-half years later, I saw that they had a summer internship programme. I thought, this is a perfect way for me to gain experience in this field and my first step towards my chemical engineering career.
What expectations did you have before you began your internship?
I heard great things about the internship programme from a former intern. I pictured myself shadowing a colleague testing and running phases on a system, helping with engineering paperwork for the team and working on ad-hoc tasks.
What duties and responsibilities were you given initially?
On the first day of placement, interns were given a student internship integration plan by their managers. The plan included a list of projects that I would be tasked with during my placement. I also had the opportunity to go on tours to the different buildings, see the facilities and meet the different departments. This helped me to understand the complete production process and how each department is working together to achieve the same goal.
Did the scope of your work change as the internship progressed?
I was given a pretty complex project to complete towards the end of my internship. The project involved simulating the systems running on the manufacturing floor with a created virtual graphic on an existing web application. It was a highly detailed graphic of the system in progress, which allowed my colleagues to observe the system working with real-time data, meaning they did not need to enter the manufacturing floor. This project definitely differed to the work done in the early days of my internship!
Did you feel more prepared for working life following your internship?
Absolutely. Before the internship, I was really nervous about going to work in a biopharmaceutical plant because of its sophisticated processes and how regulated it is.
Why should someone take up an internship at Bristol Myers Squibb?
There is a great working culture. Everyone here is very passionate about what they are doing – working to help patients – and I believe this is what makes the working environment really vibrant. Even though you are a student in the company, the amount of responsibilities entrusted on you is phenomenal.
If you have ideas or want to work on a new project, your voice and feedback is heard by your managers.
Approval number: NOIE2005949-08
Date: September 2020